Nikon 18-200mm VR AF-S for Pinup Shoot

Nikon 18-200mm AF-S VR2, Pinup, telephone, maid, striped skirt, High Healed Platform Shoes, Ankle Straps, Broom

Nikon 18-200mm AF-S VR2 @ 34mm, 1/125 Sec, F/16, Nikon D90

I met a gentleman at the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale who shoots everything with a Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX zoom lens …

What does he shoot?

Ferraris, Corvettes, Lamborginis, and the like.

He then makes beautiful pricey collages and sells them to people who can afford classic cars and good photography.

Why does he only need the one 18-200mm lens to shoot cars worth hundreds of thousands of dollars ???

First, the 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX is a great lens … not to be confused with the newer 18-200mm VRII F3.5-5.6 AF-S DX.

Click here to see visual comparisons of the two lenses.

Second, he shoots mainly at small apertures, smaller than F/8.0.

Below F/8.0, the 18-200mm gives pretty good images.

Nikon 18-200mm AF-S VR2

Nikon 18-200mm AF-S VR2 @ 26mm, 1/125 Sec, F/13, Nikon D90


These two pinups were taken using the 18-200mm VR at F/13 and F/16.

Aren’t they great?

I love them.

And, with enough detail from the Nikon D90 they were taken with to blow up over 3 feet on a side.

Moral of the story, if you are not shooting wide open, you may not need a fast expensive lens …

The difference between the  18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX and the newer 18-200mm VRII F3.5-5.6 DX is cosmetic, except for the locking switch on the VR2, which keeps the lens barrel from creeping out under its own weight.  The lock only works at 18mm focal length.  So, its pretty much a convenience feature …  My VR1 crept, my VR2 doesn’t.  So, the switch is unused on the VR2, and would have been handly on my VR1 copy… Go figure.

The 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX is very versatile and plenty sharp enough for many purposes around F/13-F/16.  If you buy one, make sure it doesn’t creap, or just buy the 18-200mm VRII.

Click here to view or purchase a high resolution image of the black and white maid pinup.

Click here to view or purchase a high resolution image of the color glamour pinup.

Different tools for different jobs …

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