From the Forest, Across the Valley

Upcoming Review of Nikon 18-200 Lens

This is probably an unexpected lens for me to buy, but I’m really getting a kick out of it! I’ll be sure to update the Nikon 18-200 Review when it is all done.  I’ve been using it a lot in the last few weeks and I quite like it.  I wasn’t sure for a while…  mostly because it is a DX lens.  But I am using it in a bit of an unconventional way — anyway, a full review will come when I get a bit more time!

I added a few pictures of the new lens on my camera while here in Japan. You can get an idea of the relative size of the thing… it’s certainly a lot smaller than the 24-70mm or the 70-200mm. By the way, this will be the crux of my review… that is more convenient and lighter, and the higher f-stop is not a problem whilst in a tripod.

The 18-200 lens retracted at 18mm on the body of a Nikon D3X

Daily Photo – From the Forest, Across the Valley

I’ve read several interesting anthropological studies of what people like to see in paintings.  I assume the same thing goes for photos.  I don’t hyper-analyze all the constituent parts, but I do notice when they come into play naturally.  There are a number of features that are desirable, most of which track back to a genetic history of the Pleistocene.  One interesting bit is that we like the idea of being near the protection of a forest while looking out across a wide plane that has a sense of scale.

Well there is plenty of that in New Zealand!  This spot was found on the long drive to Milford Sound.  I had so many wonderful distractions along the way…  how can I not stop for something like this?

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  • http://captainkimo.com Captain Kimo

    Very nice love the composition of the shot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deron-Kamisato/715846146 Deron Kamisato

    Glad your liking the 18-200mm.

  • http://momoc.sumasu.com/ HDR Photography Blog

    Nature in Photography…nature is beautiful..in HDR photography it become more beautiful..i hope people don’t destroy beauty like this because of development and money

  • http://wasatchreflections.com Darrin

    Fantastic shot. Love the colors.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gail-Stayton-Moshier/513775196 Gail Stayton Moshier

    WOWEE, just beautiful, Trey!!! I love this one!! Great job!!!!! Thanks for sharing some more of New Zealand with us. Take care and safe travels. Guess you won’t be going to Europe for a while yet, isn’t that awful! Poor folks stranded here and there at airports!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cindy-Williams/1491650220 Cindy Williams

    Can almost see the hobbits.

  • http://williambeem.com William Beem

    I had the original 18-200 on my D70 & D200 cameras and loved it as a travel lens. Very light and convenient. Some people claimed it was a bit soft, but I always found it gave me sharp images. You definitely get a bit of distortion at the short end, but not enough to outweigh the versatility of the lens.

    Makes me want to go buy the new version and a D5000 for walking around. That full-frame glass gets a bit heavy after a while.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Thanks all – glad you like it.

    William – that would be a nice setup with the d5000! :)

  • Jonathan

    That is a great area with many opportunities to stop… Nice to see it again.

  • casusan

    This is so beautiful Trey! Glad you stopped for a photo!

  • http://www.learningguitarnow.com John

    Awesome Photo!

  • Brad Truxell

    I’m sure the 18-200mm lens is a great lens. I originally wanted that one but decided to go with the 18-105 due to being a broke college student. Currently, I’m saving up for the Sigma 10-20mm…I’m so close to getting it! Excellent photo as always

  • http://tagchips.com/skunkworks.html DARYL BUTCHER

    OK. What is that tripod head? The whole thing looks like Really Right Stuff but I haven’t seen that head. I sure like their quick release but the prices are pretty much astronomical. At this point, I think I am a major stock holder.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Hussein-Cohen/642526799 Mike Hussein Cohen

    Since I got that lens, the only lenses I use are the 18-200 and my 50mm f/1.8. The only problem with the 18-200 is I get a lot of slippage if it’s somewhere in the middle of the range and the camera is facing down.

  • http://www.rfwhitephoto.com Ron White

    Mike Hussein Cohen – I have the original version of the 18-200mm and found a solution for the barrel creep/slippage. It is a soft, wide rubber band like folks wear on their wrists. It slips over the barrel and is positioned just to the rear of where you grip the lens to zoom. Got mine at a Nikonian’s Academy course. You might find one on the web. It works great. I’ve used the lens for several years and love it, especially for the times I want to travel with just one lens.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Debashis-Talukdar/100000950726405 Debashis Talukdar

    The drive to Milford Sound is breathtaking. There are waaay too many beautiful distractions, and I really wish they had a few more spots to stay the night on the way there. The one thing I do remember is the tunnel that is near pictch black that has a speed limit of 100kmph. Do they still have that same sign there? Kiwis have a bit of a quirky sense of humour!

  • http://www.motography.co.nz Phil1066

    Ahh – this was taken at the Mirror lakes. I have some great reflection shots – nice HDR work

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Thanks everyone!

    Debashis – hehe no I have not seen that sign! :)

    Daryl – the head is really right stuff – it goes with that l-brace

  • http://tagchips.com/skunkworks.html DARYL BUTCHER

    Hmmm. I have a BH55 head (the big one) with quick release and “L” bracket for D-700. Sits on a Gitzo carbon.
    Maybe it is the angle of the shot but the ballhead base is unfamiliar. I expect to see a hemispherical looking top and not a cylinder. It all works pretty well as does the panorama head equipment and the 70-200 foot. With the foot clamped directy to the ball-head (quick release), it balances. I charged the batteries for the old Olympus backup camera. I am going to have to take some hardware pictures and post them on flickr as well as the Really-Right-Stuff site. I know FOR SURE that your wallet is lighter. Should make hiking easier.

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