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Lens creep

By sparky437 from Undisclosed on 07/11/2014


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I found a easy solution that has worked for years. I took a 2'' elastic strip found at a sewing counter and made a band around the lens, just snug enough to allow manual turning, but will not let the lens creep. Easily removed, but I keep it on all of the time. It is black so it is barely noticeable Good luck.


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covers my zoom needs

By jha2 from Undisclosed on 04/06/2014


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

heavier than expected, but, really does the job. i am very pleased with the quality of pix across all ranges


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Do-able. I guess, it gets the job done.

By 559Sold from Undisclosed on 03/27/2014


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Takes very good pictures compare to some higher end models of other brands. Video quality is a BIG NO NO. The video quality is too choppy and not very smooth when compared to other brand. Not recommending this camera because there are two newer model.


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ANXIOUS TO LEARN MORE

By NOVICE from NEW ENGLAND on 01/10/2014


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

HAD A NIKON DIGITAL BEFORE AND LOVED IT -- NOW WANTED TO TRY THE NEW DIGITAL SLR -- HADN'T USED MY OLD NIKON SLR SINCE I GOT THE DIGITAL---NOW I HAVE 3 OF THEM TO PLAY WITH


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Wow ! this is a great machine....

By Nikonnovice from Gaborone, Botswana on 01/08/2014


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have always been taking single click photos... this camera has immediately increased my interest in photography and brings an urge to learn more which i am very sure will happen with Nikon... Cheers to the Nikon team.


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Its a professional series.

By RENJITH from Attingal, Kerala, India on 01/05/2014


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

In my small experience regarding the photography I recommend Nikon is the best because its a user friendly compact and professional with high quality picture.


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A Wonderful All In One

By Hindsight2011 from Canonsburg, PA on 01/02/2014


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

By far I have taken the most pictures (Thousands) with this lens. It is my go to when on vacation. I like this lens so much I kept it when I bought my D800. As you may be aware the D800 is excellent at showing you any inconsistencies or mistakes in your equipment or skills. Attached are recent photographs taken with this lens on my D800. Prime example, the middle picture showing the the Green Monkey was shot handheld at 1600 ISO, 80mm, f/5, 1/60 sec. in a fairly dark environment and is sharp with excellent color. Hope this helps remove any concerns you may have with this lens.


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New to DSLR

By DaNewDSLROwner from Undisclosed on 12/14/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am new to the DSLR world. While I took several photography classes in High School it was during the 35mm days. I did a lot of research before purchasing this camera. I needed a body that I could use while I build a lens portfolio (Want to upgrade to a more Mid level or Semi-Pro body in a few years). Nikon and the D5100 offers me that. Right off I am very impressed with how quick the camera is ready to take pictures. I have yet to click the on switch, lift the camera to my eye and not have it ready to go. The picture and auto-focus is amazing. Plus I love the ability to prioritize one item I control and have the rest be auto (P S A M settings). It is great for times that I don't have 3 min to set everything up. What I learned during my reading online is that between this and the Canon T3i (the other camera I considered) is that this one in almost every review I read takes better pictures. It is a little weaker in the Movie category, but I am buying a camera not a camcorder. As a reinforcement to this I posted several pictures online for family to see and my sister in law (a canon T4i owner) asked what software I was using to get the pictures to turn out so good. In fact, I was not using anything just full auto mode. I wish the body was a little taller because I have large hands and my pinkie finger dangles, but other than that it is a great camera. I can not wait to see what I can do as I build my lens portfolio. I have 5 wonderful children and the pictures I have been capturing of them is priceless.


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Nikon D5100

By heavyone from Undisclosed on 12/09/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Nikon's vary angel screen makes it happen for a great DSLR. The Nikon D5100 takes great shots of sports. I like the D7000, as it is more user friendly and has some cool features built in but other then that, the D5100 is the one.


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Excellent features

By Piccollo from Bogot, Cundinamarca, Colombia on 12/08/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I always want it to buy a camera like this one...so when my camera got robbed months ago, I was looking forward to get my hands on a Nikon product, so I looked thru many options and finally decided. Now, I am working to get used to the camera and improve a lot of techniques that for sure I will find in this awesome product... I will be uploading some of my photos soon...


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Super easy

By Haley from Oregon, USA on 12/07/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am a beginner when it comes to a fancy camera and photographer. All I have ever had was a point and click nothing with fancy settings. I am still learning and playing with the settings and angles but I am absolutely in love with the camera. the battery life lasts a very long time unless your taking a super large amount of photos then it will drain fairly fast. I have a lot more to learn about the camera and photography but this is an amazing camera to start out with.


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Fantastic Camera!!!!!

By MikeyW from Wautoma, WI 54982, USA on 12/06/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Fantastic Camera!!! Easy to use, right out of the box; in automatic modes. But, also has many advanced features that would make any advanced photographer happy! I especially love the variable position monitor: it makes it extremely easy to shoot pictures at floor level, or to shoot down on a subject! The virtually unlimited number of lenses available for this camera, is also a wonderful feature. I just purchased a speedlight; which will greatly increase the flash distance I can achieve. I would recommend this camera, and all Nikon products to anyone looking for extreme quality at an affordable price!!!!!!


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Great Features, shutter speed could be just a little better.

By NIKON from IOWA on 11/30/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Shutter speed could be just a little faster. Other than that overall good camera.


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Photo Hobbyist Friendly

By SugieShots from Legazpi City, Philippines on 10/20/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've been using my D5100 since 2011 and so far I got nothing to complain about it. It's simple and lightweight and very user friendly. It's good if you're just starting in DSLR Photography since the controls aren't complicated-looking.


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Great Camera for the price

By Neoabaper from Aguascalientes, Mexico on 10/17/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is my first DSLR and, since almost a year, I've been learning photography with it. The only flaw is that it doesn't have a built in focus motor but I assume is due the price range. It came with the 18-55 lens which is really good and versatile. Using it at 35mm and f8 gives very sharp pictures, I'll try to add a sample here. The ViewNX software included is good enough for simple developing in case you use RAW, my own developing seems to be better than the JPG's generated by the camera.


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Nikon D5100

By americanjet1 from Puerto Rico on 09/30/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The best camera i have owned Love the image quality and the feeling holding it is amazing lightweight I use it for Special Events Daily photography and Travel.


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it's great camera for beginners.

By kalindu from Undisclosed on 09/13/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

it's great camera for beginners. but little complicated menu


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excellent product, I'm very satisfied

By loregalas from Valencia, Venezuela on 09/06/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

It's a very easy camera to use and its multiple adjustment modes allow you a wide range of photos. Can be used for all occasions


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great starter camera

By nikonrc from Undisclosed on 08/11/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've taken tough angle pictures thanks to the swivel screen. The camera's resolution is just right for my needs. ISO range is very wide. So far I'm satisfied with this product.


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Great DSLR starter

By Peregrino from Ottawa, ON, Canada on 07/01/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased the D5100 with 18-55mm kit. It performed well and decided to upgrade with a Sigma 18-250mm and it performs well with the D5100 body. (See sample images) Experimenting and reading a lot to master this versatile camera.


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Lots of feature, easy to use

By Crash from Sumter, SC, USA on 06/04/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've had this camera for almost 2 years and it is awesome. I've taken pictures of concerts, animals, family, self portrait, motocross and other motorcycle events. The pictures taken are phenomenal. I'm always getting compliments on the pictures I take.


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great device at reasonable price

By ik from Aalen, Germany on 05/31/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The camera works great and it is surprisingly superb


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Stupendous, Accesible DSLR

By Kid With A Camera from Chicago, IL, USA on 05/24/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I recently received this camera as a present and it is my first DSLR. Once I had done some research on basic functions (adjusting aperture, etc.) this camera worked miracles as a beginner DSLR. Highly recommended for beginner/intermediate DSLR, but it's a bit tricky at first just give it some time.


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Great camera and not hard to use if you put alittle time in.

By jkiker from Ringgold, GA 30736, USA on 05/24/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Ive always wanted to get into photography but never put any serious thought into it until my girlfriend bought this camera. When she lost interest I started to play with it and the menus and settings came very easy if you just read the manual and work with it.


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I love this lens.

By NikonConvert from Undisclosed on 05/21/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been using this lens for about a month and find it to be great. I've had to do a little reading to learn how to focus with this lens but I'm learning quickly and am delighted with my photos. They are very sharp - even on shots that are at the end range of the lens. My Nikon D5100 came with two lens as a package but I found that having to switch lens every time I wanted to do a close-up was a nuisance. I also didn't like having to carry the two lens around. I had been going to sell the whole kit but when I read about this lens (all very positive by the way) I bought the lens and am very glad I did.


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Perfect in every way

By tumblr user danLsnotonfire from Chicago on 05/11/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I got this camera for my 16th birthday and it is perfect in every way. I've been interested in photography my whole life and hope to do something with it in the future. I decided to get the camera after I got photoshop a few months before. When I was looking into which camera I wanted to buy, I compared the Nikon D3100 and the Canon EOS Rebel T3i. I chose the D5100 over the D3100 because the screen was moveable and that was a necessity for someone who takes videos/pictures of herself and her friends. I then chose the D5100 over the Canon EOS Rebel T3i because the D5100 had autofocus when shooting video, whereas the Canon did not. So far, I am extremely satisfied with my purchase. Overall, this is a great camera for a reasonable price. The image quality and video quality are phenomenal. The interface is extremely simple to use, the settings are flexible, and it has many features like Selective Color which are fun to use. only complaint I have is that the audio is pretty fuzzy, but that's what external microphones are for. Also, the autofocus is great but doesn't work so well in low light. Other than that, it's a perfect camera for people who are getting started with photography.


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Excellent DSLR Camera

By VelocityZ06 from San Marcos, CA on 04/16/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been using the camera and learning about all of the features over the last few months, even though I purchased this last August 2012. My college degree and full-time job gave me little time to learn about it and use this amazing camera. I finished that second degree last February and I'm really enjoying this camera. This is a big upgrade from two digital cameras I have from another company. Even though this is considered an entry level DSLR, it is a professional grade DSLR to me. It still amazes me with all of the built in features it has. I would recommend this camera and brand to anyone looking to purchase one.


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Great product

By Cafox from Compton, CA, USA on 03/23/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I upgraded from my Nikon D60 to this D5100 and I love it. It takes wonderful pictures and it's not to difficult to use.


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Great Multi Purpose Lens

By Hindsight2011 from Canonsburg, PA, USA on 03/22/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have owned this lens for 3 years and have taken pictures with it in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada and in my local area. In my opinion this lens is sharp, clear and provides excellent color considering all it is called upon to do. I have even used it to shoot a panoramic at 18mm with very satisfying results. Most of the pictures taken with this lens were with a D5000 body; however, I can tell you it continues to hold its own on my D800, in DX crop mode. Is it the best/sharpest out there...no....that is why Nikon has a variety of lenses starting at a thousand and the sky is the limit from there. Unless you have a trained eye and make a living in photography/graphics; you most likely would not notice a big difference between pictures taken (properly) on this lens in daylight, opposed to a pro lens. It is hard to go wrong with this lens for vacation, just walking around or if you just have money for one lens to start with....and want a do it all. Nice job on this one Nikon.


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Excellent camera, especially considering the pricetag

By Shadowww from Riga, Latvia on 03/17/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I had very hard time finding a decent DSLR at a price I wouldn't mind spending - but, with D5100, I believe I've found that camera. This is my first DSLR after many point-and-shoots, and I'm amazed with all the features and possibilities it offers. And even basic camera features are outstanding on this one - for example, autofocus is quicker and sharper than on any camera I used before, by a huge margin.


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Great alternative to the D5200

By AndyC from Long Island, New York, USA on 03/16/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been using a P510 and this was my first DSLR. I learned a lot on the P510 including shooting in Shutter and Aperture priority but found that cameras limitations and decided it was time. I was going to get a D5200 and skip the 3100 and 3200 altogether. After some research I realized that the differences between the two with the most important being the additional autofocus points on the 5200 (11 vs 39) and the megapixel difference (16 vs 24) were not significant enough to spend the extra money on my first DSLR. This camera so far has been great, the picture quality is fantastic and the menus are easy to use although slightly different than I had with my previous Nikon so there is a bit or a learning curve. I love the control I know have over the picture settings and the creativity it allows me. I would highly recommend this camera to anyone looking at the 3100, 3200 or 5200.


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What a Powerful Camera for a cheap Price

By Elluxtrate from Sri Lanka on 03/08/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The Camera is just Impressive, moving from a Pro consumer camera to this one is a huge leap for me......... My expectations are over exceeded ! Thank you Nikon for building such a great camera !


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Amazing Camera - Amazing Sharpness

By NurNikon from Undisclosed on 03/03/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The camera is amazing, the colors, the sharpness ! Just amazing


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Very Nice

By Roco32 from Atlanta Ga on 02/21/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I had Canons for some time but as life moves on I needed a new camera...I shopped MANY, I even bought the New Sony and took it back in 24 hours and purchased the D5100...Let's just say I never regretted it...It's an awesome camera, ton of features and the ease of use is wonderful. You wont be disappointed!!!


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Great in concept, not in practice

By SongSnap from Boulder, CO, USA on 02/20/2013


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I love the broad range this lens covers, shooting with it offers everything you need on travel shoots and outings with the camera. It easily switched from wide angle room shots, to landscapes, and then decent close-ups of birds. The photo quality was great, the autofocus silent, nice lens.... ...then I took it on a winter day shoot. The autofocus stopped working completely around 30F and the lens creep was ridiculous, I'd frame my shot, go to adjust it slightly with the polarizer, or manual focus and everything in the shot would have changed. It wasn't a well made lens, and I so wanted it to be. I also use a UV filter with a polarizer (UV for lens protection) and the vignetting was horrible at 18mm unless I took a filter off. That might be true in all the DX wides though... Not sure. Anyway, had to return it, in the end for the lens creep, can't work with that.


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I am completely in love!

By Helldunkel from Switzerland on 02/08/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I recently bought this camera, I wanted a small upgrade over my very trusty Nikon D3000 because I do not need a high end professional DSLR for my photography technique (HDR), all I need is a high quality censor and great ISO capacities, well I was already very impressed by my trusty Nikon D3000 but this D5100 is of course much better, I really recommend it!


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Best consumer grade DSLR on the market when it came out.

By NikonUser from Undisclosed on 02/02/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Best consumer grade DSLR on the market when it came out. Although it looks like the younger brother, D5200 has come on to the scene. There really isn't that much difference between the D5100 and the D5200...Better processor, more megapixels, higher d-movie frame rate (up to 1080p 60i). The bodies look IDENTICAL lol. Takes pro photos!!! The video is awesome too!!!! I have no complaints about this awesome camera. Great job Nikon!!! I took the photograph of the CD with water droplets with the D5100!!!! You sure can do some pro and creative stuff with D5100.


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Wonderful camera with such great features!!

By Sheba from Lake Stevens, WA, USA on 02/01/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Love this camera. It is so easy to take beautiful pictures with such detail. I've always had smaller camera's and was a little nervous about this camera with all the bells and whisles. Love, love, love it!! Easy to use!!


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Great Camera, Great Features.

By rami from Ahangama Kanda, Sri Lanka on 01/31/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Very Easy to use, Good picture quality I'm shooting with 18-55mm VR. I really like this camera strongly recommend to buy this product.


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If Nikon improves the problems I would recommend with more stars

By lifestyle from Undisclosed on 01/28/2013


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Since the lens came with my D300 back in June 2010 I have owned it and used it as my primary lens. It is a great action lens, as well as a portrait lens. Just very good over all. So why do I give it lover marks? Becuase after the first year of usig it it started to have "Lens Creep" meaning if I was pointing up or down (other than level) it would start zooming on its own. I checked with other professionals with nikon equipment to only hear the same thing and that Nikon would not fix it as a defect. So I have a wide black rubber band around the barrel to hold the zoom in place. Also when I zoom it all the way to 200mm it now goes out of focus. So it is now a lens with limited uses for me. I have had to purchase other lens to replace it as a daily use lens. I'm still a die-hard Nikon user, have been for over 40 years. Just not happy with this lens.


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D5100

By Speednbird from Undisclosed on 01/12/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Love this camera. I had a Nikon d50. This camera completely blows that camera away. The response is much faster with the d5100. I love the new display. The ability to move the LCD display makes it easier to take picture at weird angles. I have nothing bad to say about this camera.


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Great camera for pictures and videos

By ShellyC from Lubbock, TX, USA on 01/09/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Absolutely amazing camera. I have had mine since summer 2011 and I love it. Fist of all I have a little side job and I take pictures for people and it takes outstanding portraits and I have not had any problems with it. I also take video footage of my boyfriend doing all his crazy sports including BMX biking and skiing and no matter how fast or what the lighting is like, it takes great videos. I would definitely recommend this camera!


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Great value for the price!

By Goldrimmer from Oak Harbor, WA, USA on 01/05/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Great little camera, very easy to use once you learn the functions. Great photo quality. all the presets come in handy when you are too lazy to do test shots. and the flip out lcd is a back pain saver!!!! and if you use full frame lens on it, the photos come out as sharp as they would on a full frame camera.


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Great upgrade from a D70s or instead of the D3200...

By Hummy from Mid-Hudson Vally, New York on 01/01/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Traded up from a D70s body to the D5100, fantastic dal since Nikon dropped the D5100 body pricing to promote the D3200. In comparison to the D3200 I feel the D5100 has better manual focus, a warmer and more accurate screen image, wider selection of shutter speeds. Mega pixels in the current arena means nothing when you break the 12-14 range. For the money, its clearly a better body.


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Really Great DSLR

By Photo Guy from Toms River, NJ, USA on 01/01/2013


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have used 35mm SLR camera's for a long time and wanted to move up to a DSLR. I looked at the Canon and the Nikon line of DSLR camera's. The choice was simple the D5100 is not the cheapest and not by far the most expensive, it is the best for the money giving you ease of use I mean point and shoot or as you feel more comfortable you take full control and get perfessional grade photo's from start to finish. I enjoy this camera it is my favorite and the paise I have gotten from everyone really means so much more.


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Lens creep

By vickun from Hawaii, USA on 12/18/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My second time purchasing this lens. First purchase as brand new. Sold original to help finance purchase of a Tamron 70-200 2.8 (non-VC). Love the Tamron, but it's slow focus motor, and sometimes hunting for focus, and also it's big size and no image stabilization, had me longing for this lens again. So bought this lens once more, as refurbished, direct from Nikon's outlet store online. My first one had lens creep...where if you face it down, the lens will extend from the weight...this is a common complaint from lots of people, so I just accepted it as is... Also on that first lens, when I start zooming, the zooming feel was not consistent...where a. ...when I first zoom out from 18mm it was nice and "sticky" a little bit, but not enough to prevent lens creep. b. ...then became super loose c. ...then became "sticky" again d. ...then at far end loosened up just for a little bit of the last zoom ...also a common complaint by others.... Now with this refurbished lens, there is NO CREEP at all, and the "sticky"-ness of the zoom is pretty constant throughout! Much happier with this lens this time around!


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love it...

By T J M Photography from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands on 12/16/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

from my first dslr which is d3000 i was torn between d3200 and this d5100. after researching i found out that i should go for this one. the 24 mp d3200 is very tempting but if your on a tight budget like me ill definitely wont hesitate to go with this. very good with low light situation even if your ISO is set to 100. nuff said... reasonable price for a great dslr.


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Good Camera

By Mature Guy from Dallas/Fort Worth area on 12/08/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My eyeglasses are progressive lenses so I really like that I can use the live view monitor at night to focus. It works really well. During the day I do just fine with the camera's auto focus. I would recommend this camera as it has nice features and is easy to use.


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Fantastic Upgrade from D3100

By Darling from Las Vegas, NV, USA on 12/06/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have had the camera for a week now, and the features and quality are incredible. I loved my D3100, but this is a major upgrade. The camera sensor is fantastic, high ISO, quick focus, and excellent continuous shooting speed. I purchased the AFNikkor 18-105 G ED to go with it, and it is a perfect fit. I have only scratched the options and in camera effects, but the potential of this camera is unlimited The movie mode is much better than my older model. I am extremely pleased with the D5100.


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Excellent

By Ametuer from Undisclosed on 12/05/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

beautiful camera, beautiful photos. no complaints, long battery life.


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One lens to rule them all

By Raisemore from Undisclosed on 12/04/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Did anybody say this lens isn't sharp? Mine sure is. I have a whole series of Nikon AF-D prime lenses and under normal lighting conditions there is barely any difference in the color or detail. I like the 18mm lock switch which makes for easy carrying between shots. You'll never again miss an opportunity while changing lenses and internal camera dust is minimized. Oh and by the way, leave the tripod at home.


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awesome . . . . . .

By hanif from Undisclosed on 11/25/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

i have this cammera .is awesome . is warm color .i love this cammera


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Excellent!! Must have as first lens!!

By Sidd from Fort Wayne, IN on 11/17/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought this lens along with my first D-SLR an year ago. Being a point-n-shoot type of a guy till my D-SLR happened, I wanted the ease of not changing lens to take different pictures, and have wide angle and zoom at the same time. This lens looked most versatile. And it lived up to its reputation. I am very happy with my decision to have it as my first lens. - It takes great pictures in daylight - It is very good for portraits. I love the bokeh it renders - It has a nice zoom - I love the wide angle it provides With my lens I haven't noticed any lens creep. It worked wonderfully, right out-of-the-box. I found few reviews complaining about the sharpness, but I have no complains. I am very happy with my lens. Even though it is expensive compared to the basic 18-55mm lens offered in most D-SLR/lens bundles, I would recommend all first timers to buy this lens. It's worth every penny!!


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Fantastic camera for under the tropical canopy

By Herpetologe from Thailand on 10/22/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought the Nikon D5100 after my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 bridge camera had its motherboard destroyed, presumably from too much moisture in moist tropical forests; a colleague's Canon Rebel did not function properly after the same series of trips to the field. Within weeks of purchasing the D5100, it survived the moisture that accompanies torrential tropical downpours; even though, it is not weather sealed. The sensor is fantastic in low light conditions that are found under the multiple layers of canopy found in the tropics; it even performed better than a D300 when using the same lens (AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED). Enough cannot be said about the picture quality that the sensor can produce, with pictures that are usually sharp at 100% resolution at maximum Large/Fine settings. The D5100 is lightweight and with the new Nikkor DX specific lightweight lenses, they do not become a burden to carry when conducting field work for extended time and distances. After a year and more than 2000 pictures, including many published photographs and a couple cover photographs, it is has proven to be an outstanding camera for the money. My only criticism is that it is not weather sealed, which causes me to be overly cautious and concerned during wet weather conditions; however, information about its lack of weather sealing is available through Nikon.


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great little camrea

By roadie138 from Undisclosed on 10/15/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

this camera is a small compact digital photo work machine.


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D5100 !

By YeeYeeSorryIonlyHaveOnePictureOnThis ComputerVVVV from Muskegon, MI, USA on 09/23/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

For my first DSLR, I was undecided between this and the Canon t3i. My friend ended up getting the t3i so i got this and I am pretty happy with my choice. The pictures are incredible and the simplicity is mind-blowing. The only thing I am unhappy about is the 30 frames per second movie recording. I shoot a lot of action sports and there is always a little bit of blur that the t3i doesn't have since it can shoot at 60 fps. But all in all this is an amazing camera. Definitely worth the money. Not to mention it looks really cool. Regrettably, I am still shooting with a kit lens but I'm looking to upgrade that soon.


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Not happy at all

By DC from Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA on 09/14/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I bought this camera and took it for a vacation. Just after clicking 100 shots it stopped working. Started giving shutter error which I could not fix. Basically, it ruined my vacation.


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Awful Video Mode

By Pradophoto from Undisclosed on 08/24/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I'm very disappointed with this camera in video mode (no full manual control), I will change my D5100 for a Canon T4i


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Excellent! Great walkabout lens that rarely leaves my camera!

By David from Undisclosed on 08/24/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This lens came with my D200 when I bought it in 2006. I was skeptical at first, doubting that a single lens covering such a wide range of focal lenghs could possibly provide the quality results I needed. I fully expected to be buying a "real" lens within a few months. I could not have been more wrong. I fell in love instantly. I now have 30+ years of Nikon lenses I have aquired over the years that I could use but this lens is on my camera 99% of the time. The range, of course, is wonderful. I can walk through the forest and shoot everything from wide angle get-pulled-into-the-woods shots to a close up of bird without changing lenses. My wife has a D60 with an 18-55 and 55-200 and is often frustrated that whichever lens she has on, she sees something that requires the other! I have gotten shots that she has missed because all I had to do is shoot and not worry about changing lenses. The quality is excellent. One of my first projects was to shoot photos of my son's soccer games. I walked the sidelines shooting the action at a wide range of focal lengths. When I assembled them for presentaion I included wider shots of the team in action, but also included shots of individual players that I pulled out of the center of wider shots. Even those were great and everyone loved them. Nikon has sharper lenses available but the difference in sharpness is not going to be noticed by most of us in most applications. When I do need that difference, I use another lens. But that is rare and I would rather capture a beautiful image with an almost perfect lens than miss a great shot with the perfect lens! A note on LENS CREEP: Yes, if you are not paying attention while pointing up or down, the lens can be pulled down by gravity, changing the focal lengh. This has never been a huge issue for me and I think it is because of the way I hold my camera. I use the classic -read "old guy"- style of holding the lens and not the camera. I place the camera along the heal of my left palm, my thumb and middle finger in position to focus and change aperture. Well, used to anyway when everything was manual! But the same finger placement will adjust focal length and hold it in position. If you are used to holding a smaller camera by the edges your fingers won't be in position and will allow the lens to creep.


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Love it!

By Blossom from Undisclosed on 08/21/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

So I absolutely love my d5100. Its such a great camera, with wonderful features. Easy to use and produces great shots. My only compliant is that the kit lens works great outside but isnt too great of a low light lens. But I would certainly recommend it!


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Highly Flexible DSLR!

By OldNikonNerd from New Castle, PA on 08/16/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have owned numerous Nikon SLRs, P&S, and the venerable D70 - but this is the best of all! When I saw the first review online and researched the features, I was excited to get my hands on one. I was NOT disappointed! The articulated LCD screen is an outstanding feature - especially for low-angle macro photos, which I now enjoy shooting later in life. I am reluctant to lie on the ground these days and the swivelling LCD allows ground level Live View shooting without getting wet/dirty. The post-shooting processing, while sort of gimmecky, is actually fun and easy to use. The battery life is fine and not an issue, although I always carry an extra one with me in case I end up shooting a lot of videos. BTW, the video is very good, but the built in mic picks up all autofocusing noises. My external ME-1 mic is a good solution to that issue. The constant autofocus is not as good as a dedicated HD video camera, but this is only a secondary use for me. Low light shooting is EXCELLENT, noise is not a problem until you reach very high ISO. Since this rarely happens for the type of shooting I do, I am more than happy with the performance. Camera is lightweight and responsive. I love the camera. Period.


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Just what I needed!

By djkest from Undisclosed on 08/16/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I knew that I wanted a "good camera", and had been stuck with mediocre point and shoot cameras in the past. After doing some research, we ended up deciding on the Nikon D5100. The 5100 has a better sensor than the 3100, and yet it's still small, lightweight, and easy to use. I love the adjustable screen, the HD video capability, and the image quality. The included 18-55mm lens is OK, but surely there are better lenses out there depending on what you want to do. I also purchased a Nikon 55-300mm VR lens and have been happy with that as well. The combination of these two lenses will cover 80% of what the average person wants to do. My only gripes about this camera are few. 1) Wish they would have used gorilla glass on the screen instead of what appears to be Polycarbonate. 2) The flash seems to pop up at innapropriate times (but that is easily remedied by turning the mode wheel). We have a couple camera cases which is helpful- one for hiking and one for toting it around. We also got a high-speed 8GB memory card which seems to be a great size for normal use. We are very pleased with our new camera, and look forward to getting out and about for new and exciting photography adventures. This is a great way to get started in photography.


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It's amazing

By Nikon always from Norwich, CT, USA on 08/14/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is a really good camera for beginner, it works really good for me.


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A great step above my old D50.

By Retired Benny from DeKalb IL on 08/13/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've had my D5100 about a week and have explored some of the many new features. My favorite experiment so far is the "color sketch" mode. What a fun thing to play with. It is also much more responsive than my D50 (Though I'll have to keep my D50 going so I can use my other Nikkor lenses that won't autofocus in the D5100.) I still have to explore some of the other features that are present on the camera. It is much more versatile than any other camera that I have ever used.


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Versatile! Does a lot, and does it well.

By fbama73 from Indianapolis. IN on 08/12/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I'd been looking to upgrade to DSLR for a while. I'd really started to outgrow my point and shoot digital camera, and I wanted something that could open possibilities that I didn't have, yet still be able to be used simply by my wife and daughter. With the "auto" mode, my twelve year old can get great pictures without a ton of technical input. By moving to the various choices on the selector dial ( portrait, landscape, close up, etc) it becomes great at an intermediate level, customizing the settings for the type selected. And finally, I can go manual, and take over all of the control, if I wish. The ease of use of the manual focus is a feature that really appeals to me. There are times when auto focus will prevent you from getting the pictures you want, and the D5100 goes from auto to manual focus modes quickly, and then it's very quick to actually focus it manually. Speaking of auto focus, I'm very impressed by the speed of the auto focus. The effects mode allows for some interesting artistic possibilities. Things that once had to be done in post processing can now be done easily in the camera itself. But be warned- some of the effects can be addictive! The D5100 is not a professional level camera. It doesn't have a professional level price, either. But, with legendary Nikkor optics, great features, and ease of use, you'll be taking pictures that can easily be mistaken for pro level stuff. At the D5100's price point, you will not find a better camera.


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It reasonable for starter user

By khmsv from Undisclosed on 08/07/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

this camera is good starter user, the price is reasonable


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Great images, fantastic low light performance!

By Celexi from Orange County, CA on 08/05/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've had my D5100 for about 3 weeks now and am thrilled with it! Its the first D-SLR I've had that shoots useful night shots with very little noise. Indoors with no flash is also no problem. The settings are easy to access, easy to use, and the camera is very fast. Battery life hasn't been a problem either. I bought this as an upgrade from my D60 and it's proven well worth it. I only have two minor issues: one is that I would love to see a DOF Preview on the camera; it doesn't seem worth it to upgrade to the D7000 for this one feature but it's the ONLY feature lacking on the D5100 in my opinion. The other thing I have noticed is that when I shoot wide open (f1.8 or so) indoors with no flash, the auto white balance is off and I have to correct in Photoshop. Not a major deal, and I can always use manual white balance too, but its the ONLY issue with an otherwise outstanding camera!


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Waste of youre mony

By Robert from Israel on 08/02/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Dont buy this camera it suffer from leak of function buttons ' but has a usless button call INFO when you hold the camera in youre right hand ' accidently the right arrow pad is pressed that moves the camera focus to the right side of the frame and all the pictures you take are bllury 3Rd part battery can not be used so you must buy the nikon expensive battery no internal focus motor so just expensive lensess works on this camera


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Amazed, more, each day

By geof from Arizona on 08/01/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I'm a newbie to cameras and photography, for close to a year now, maybe, but all my research said the D5100 can keep up with any task I'll need to do for a very long time to come, and if I go pro, it'll become a great second camera. Even when we compare the price and size of the sensor, each lens, and all of the accessories and stuff to what a pro's uses, I am getting what I need for right now, and more. So much to learn, this camera amazes me with all the options to learn with. Some say other brands are easier to learn from but this D5100 has better everything and it does make my hair stand up and butterflies in my stomach as I learn, like a little kid with a new toy all over again, but with a big learning curve. Do other brands do this, don't know. It isn't my intent to endorse any name brands, but all that research has helped, and was right-on. I took the challenge. Because of the cost of cameras and lenses today, I needed 1 that I can learn so much from and yet use as a point and shoot to start as I'm learnning, found it. "D5100"


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Make big smile on face :)

By kamy007 from Undisclosed on 07/29/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love my Nikon D5100 camera. I trying to achieved my photography passion with this camera. This is a powerful camera with light weight and it's 16.2 megapixel makes more powerful. I used almost all functions,like some time I click through remote,some time watch my picture and video review through HDMI on my Sony Bravia 3D TV . It looks awesome. This is just a great camera. Thank you, Nikon.


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Just a Great Camera

By Caribman from Undisclosed on 07/27/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

One of the best cameras I have ever owned. Great features to make you photos beautiful!


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Keeping the Legagy Going On

By Goot from Fresno, CA, USA on 07/25/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been shooting Nikon from the FM days, and have kept up with the changes in the equipment we use, but not HOW we shoot. Nikon glass rules, and the 5100 is happy that any lens from the "good old days" will still take great photos.


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Great Camera

By DG1 from Beaverton, OR, USA on 07/22/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love this camera. I wanted something better than my old point and shoot that would give me great pictures. Just make sure to get some decent lenses the 18-55 mm lens is not ideal for good picture taking. It has ton of features that I love and the pictures are great


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Easy for the family!!!!

By Bibimus from Western NY on 07/17/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Allows me great flexibility while allowing my wife and children ease of use. Great quality pictures! Would highly recommend to anyone. Does not have the snob factor or pricetag but produces as good of pictures as cameras costing 3 times as much at the 5X7 size. Save your money on a more expensive body and purchase Nikon lenses instead!


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Not worth the price

By unhappy from Undisclosed on 07/12/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

If given the option, go for the d7000...this is just a glorified 3000


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Traveling companion!

By Maggie from Undisclosed on 07/09/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I recently finished a robust trip to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon! the Nikon D5100 was a pleasure to use the controls are located for "finger" touch and reach. Love the the LCD screen especially out to the side made the sunset pictures easier to shoot! The "Effects" feature is great!! Can't go wrong with this camera.


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failed out of box

By shutter from USA on 07/09/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

returned to nikon for service. image cut off at top of frame.


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I love my Nikon D5100

By Jo Zimny from Albuquerque, NM on 07/08/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am so enjoying using my new Nikon camera. The photos are clear and crisp, the camera has so many fun features on it also. So it's just great fun and my picture taking has gone to a whole new level. I'm just delighted with my new camera.


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Easy to use...great overall camera

By Handyman1963 from West Hartford, CT, USA on 07/07/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I moved up from a Sony Alpha a100 DSLR and I couldn't be happier! Intuitive controls, takes awesome photo's even with "kit" glass. Video function is good.


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Easy to use for first time D-SLR camera

By Beginner Nikon User from St Louis, MO on 07/01/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I just recently did a major upgrade of cameras in order to take my daughters senior pictures. We upgraded from camera phones to the D5100. Huge jump in capability and features. We bought a package deal that came with an extra lense (55mm to 300mm zoom lense). After going through the user manual and a video that was provided with the camera package we were off shooting pictures around the house to learn some basic uses of the camera. After a week we took it to some local gardens and shows and took amzing picturs of butterflies and flowers. We even went to a Chines Lantern event where we just set the camera to on of the city night scenes and we were off creating more great pictures. The software provided with the camera was very sufficient in manipulating the images and categorizing them. Looking forward to capturing some great senior pictures of our daughter and future memories.


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For beginners and beyond

By Avidbeginner from Oconomowoc, WI 53066, USA on 06/30/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've dabbled in photography over the years, but this is the first SLR camera that I've purchased. I love the features, especially the reminders/tips that are stored on the camera for various functions. I LOVE this camera and can't wait to get out and start snapping shots!!!!


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It left my expectations in the dust

By Chris from Redmond, WA on 06/28/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I had high expectations to start but it surpassed all of them. After attempting (and failing) to use my dad's old D1X to take anything even slightly resembling a decent picture, I recieved this and let me tell you, it's simply phenomenal. The picture quality is better then I thought it'd be and it's very easy to use. I've had no problems to date and the battery life is fantastic (so long as you don't constantly use the screen to check your pictures as you take them). Overall, this camera is a greater starter and when I finally decide to move up the nikon food chain in SLR cameras I'll be quite sad to see this one left unused.


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Great for sports shots

By Soccerphotoguy from Undisclosed on 06/27/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

It brought the camera primarily to take action photos of my granddaughters playing soccer. I used it this past weekend for a tournament and loved the results. The ability to take a series of fast action shots it great. It also can serve as a great teaching tool. Wished I had brought the camera sooner.


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You do not need to be a photographer to use this camera.

By Diharp from Oklahoma, USA on 06/22/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have owned a few cameras, and Nikkon is #1. This camera does all the work for you. I have not missed a precious moment with my first grandchild. Not one blurry picture. The photos all look so real. I can make portraits and frame them in a way that you would think I was the artist. Best investment I ever made. The lens collection for this model is phenomenal. Thanks Nikkon Love photography at this price. Diana


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Fantastic.

By TeamJT from Undisclosed on 06/16/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My girlfriend and I bought one together more than a year ago and still take it everywhere and can't stop seeing what cool new thing our camera can do. It seems like we learn something new about it every week.


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great pics when working

By unhappy new nikon owner from Undisclosed on 06/16/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

hadn't even had my camera for 3 weeks and had to send it in. the shutter motor went out on it. i've always been loyal to another brand and now i see why.


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fair

By emman from new yok on 05/23/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

i have problem on my D5100 is not auto focus when i make video.


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Shockingly Durable

By Tom from Stuart, FL, USA on 05/16/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have used this lens for years - since the D2X - never had a problem with creep - especially when comparing it to my old creepy Leica 90 mm - If it wasn't so heavy, I'd put it on and never need to change lens. I gave away my old 18-200 and just bought a new one. After taking it out of the box and going upstairs, I dropped it and watch it bounce down 2 flights of stairs. I had no expectations that I would remain alive and well. However it is working perfectly since the accident. Just one more anecdote that will keep me loyal to Nikon Forever.


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NIkon d5100 - less than 800 pictures and camera fails

By kemac from North Carolina, USA on 05/15/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I was disappointed about the d5100 after it failed after taking ~800 shots in 2 or 3 sittings. I am now waiting as Nikon suggested it will be a while for them to get more back ordered parts. Catch my blog and experience with Nikon's d5100 on line as I post updates about quailty and support of the product.


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Excellent entry level DSLR camera!

By JimR from Undisclosed on 05/07/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The D5100 is an outsanding camera for the price. Loaded with easily accessible features and a very user friendly overall " even my wife can take nice photos with it and she's usually intimidated by camera technology! I also have a D7000, and I like both cameras equally well. The D5100 is a lot of bang for the buck, imho..


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junk

By chris from Undisclosed on 04/28/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Two days before the best time to have a camera in Louisville, ky. the derby celebrations begin with a huge fireworks display. I didnt get to shoot any pics, nor will I have my 5100 for derby, because after 67 photos, yes ONLY 67 photos, I had to send my camera to be repaired because the piece of junk stopped working. I should have gone with the Sony.


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Lens creep

By Joh Bloh from Brisbane on 04/16/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

The lens started creeping within a few weeks of purchase ,I didnt worry about it too much at the time ...Nikon...A fine reputable company will be able to repair this lens when I return home to Australia, OK here goes nothing ,I am about to return the lens to the store ...wish me luck....!!!!!!


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lens creep on the 18-200 mm lens (VR I)

By Creep hater from Undisclosed on 03/25/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I hate this creep (!). It is difficult to take pictures aiming the camera up or down. I checked the technical support and was told that there is nothing I can do about it. I am getting rid of this lens. Does the VR II creep similarly? Perhaps I should go to another lens manufacturer.


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Solid All Around Lens

By Infl8edEg0 from Los Angeles, CA, USA on 03/24/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is an overall solid lens. It has a good heft to it. But like many have complained about, there is quite a bit of lens creep in the mid-range of the lens, but I just put a rubber band where it turns, and it fixed up quite nicely. Because of the 18-200 range, it's a lens that I rarely take off of my d7000, although on occasion I do remove it for my 50mm 1.4G. Photo quality wise, I'm very happy with it, although this is coming from a guy who upgraded from a 55-200. The photos were sharp, and I was quite pleased with the quality. Just change the aperture a bit, and you really won't be able to complain about sharpness. There is some distortion at the extremes, but that's to be expected. The only real complaint I have is the fact that I had to fix the lens creep, but it really is no big deal. The photo of the puppy was shot at ISO 400, 135mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec.


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Very versatile in a variety of situations

By Option Miser from Calgary, AB, Canada on 03/18/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have now used this lens on my D7000 DSLR for almost a year. I am amazed at how versatile it is, from portraits to landscapes, action shots to movies. For my amateur photography, I do not need any other lenses. Since I am not a perfectionist, I am not 100% sure of the benefit of Vibration Reduction although I have used it without any problems, even in movie mode. Pictures are very sharp. Note - when subject is over 8 metres away, and the lighting requires a flash, the built-in flash on the D7000 is inadequate for this purpose.


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Really bad camera - takes black pictures

By PB from Dallas, Tx on 03/13/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

This is one of the worst camera from Nikon. It taks black pictures in manual mode and it is the problem with the shuter release. You can use live view in manual mode and then the picture will be fine. The live mode is so irritating, canon has much better live mode. This is my 3-4 Nikon camera, but I think I should have made a switch this time or will do next time.


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Quality and Reliability "" The Missing Features

By MHB from Olivenhain, CA 92024, USA on 03/08/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I purchased a Nikon D5100 camera in anticipation of a three week trip to South Africa. Prior to the trip, I took about 50 images and was, in general, happy with the results. Several days after arriving in South Africa, I noticed an inconsistency in exposure levels. Most images appeared slightly over exposed. Then the failures cascaded. The auto focus became less exact and on occasion just stopped working. The manual mode froze on one combination of aperture and shutter speed, the aperture priority setting would not allow the aperture to be changed from the setting determined in the failed manual setting, and the shutter priority would not allow the shutter speed to be changed from the speed determined by the failed manual setting. Only a small percentage of the images that I took have both correct exposure and correct focus. I have owned three other Nikon cameras that have performed flawlessly. My Nikon D5100 is a disappointment.


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The one lens solution

By Crusader from Mississippi, USA on 03/03/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

No, its not the equal of a half a dozen prime lenses. It's not the equal of Nikon's holy trinity of fixed aperture zoom lenses covering the same range. But its remarkably robust compared to the competition, its plenty sharp, and its distortion is acceptable in all but the most critical applications. Five stars for a lens that's good enough for all but the 99th percentile. The only lens I need in my bag.


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Greatness in the palm of my hands!

By Questography from St Petersburg, FL, USA on 02/23/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I'm rather new to the digital SLR's; however, I've been photographing for most of my life (remembering my 110 cam). I've had my D5100 for only 1 month and have already taken 3000 pics of quality images. I love the D5100. I'll be honest, i haven't really fooled around much with the effects. This is likely due to the fact I'm enjoying the camera for what it truly is- A QUALITY TOOL USED TO CAPTURE REAL IMAGES OF EVERYDAY LIFE. The lens that stays mounted on my D5100 is the AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G. I could sit here and type a bunch of words to try and hype you up to buy the camera but i figured it'd be best to just provide some proof of photos I took with the D5100.


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Takes great pictures

By reramh_j from Hermitage, PA, USA on 02/22/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

bought this after buying a D3100 for the light weight and was so impressed with the pictures off it I was sure the D5100 would be even better. I was not disappointed, takes great pictures. Only complaint is that coming from a D200 to this many setting have to be set thru the menu as there are not external controls to accomplish these changes. This can be a pain but the overall quality of the images is awesome. Also bought this as I waiting to what other cameras Nikon was going to release last year and knew I would be buying another camera once they were released. I would recommend this camera someone over the d7000 as long as they are willing to deal with changing settings thru the menu, otherwise the d7000 would be a better choice as long as money wasn't an issue.


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Broke after 3 months!

By vouvoune from Undisclosed on 02/16/2012


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Right now it is at the repair center. After 3 months of light use, it just went blank. Sounded like it was taking photos but the screen in the back was all black, so were the files downloaded. So, I sent it back for repair. Clearly I was not happy since I had just started a photography class 2 days prior...


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Outstanding intermediate level camera, great value.

By Strong Nikon Fan from CentralConnecvticut on 02/14/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been a member of the Nikon family for over 30 years, initially with film cameras. My first digital was a d60 in 2008, then I moved to a d3100 in 2010. I was very pleased with that but wanted to move up to a higher level product at a reasonable price level. I read all the reviews (including ones for other manufacturers' cameras) but in the end it was clear to me: the d5100 had everything I wanted and needed for the level of photography that I'm at and where I am likely to remain (by choice). I don't earn my living with photography, but do consider myself an advanced hobbyist who really enjoys taking pictures of people, events and landscapes for my own amusement and my friends' amazement. The d5100 does all that and more for a great price. In particular, what I like about it includes the better (than the d3100) sensor, the additional shooting modes that really increase my capacity to create great pictures, the easy-to-use controls, the ability to use an infra-red remote (that should have been on the d3100), and the light weight. I use three lenses: the kit 18-55mm, the fixed f1.8 35mm, and the heavier 70-300mm zoom, which do a great job on sharpness and clarity of the images. Since I moved from a d3100 it did not take long to know how to use the d5100. For me, shooting in the P mode generally works the best, and I mostly use matrix metering and AF-A mode. The built-in flash is good but I prefer to use the very capable but (relatively) inexpensive SB-400 external flash unit. Auto ISO also works well for me, although I do play with it sometimes but find it's best not to go over 3200. While I am aware of the old and true saying that people take pictures, not cameras, I would add to that that having a wonderful camera with the features of the d5100 really helps this particular person take great pictures! I am very pleased with the d5100 which combines an excellent mix of reasonable cost, ease of use, and very high quality images.


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Alaska - Juneau Humpback Whale, May 2011

By pete from Undisclosed on 01/18/2012


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This pic was taken on a purchased used 18-200 VR. I also have new one. the 5000 has the old 18-200 and the 7000 has the newer model. The newer model is a little sharper, tighter and better sized rubber grips. Either of them will do the job. My other lens is a 80-400 VR. Anyway, there were 14 people on the boat, the only picture of the whale came from the 7000/18-200 setup. Whales are only out of the water for a moment, as they weight 30 tons, and you have to focus, and get the pic taken in milliseconds. That is my testimony to Nikon and i am sticking to it!!


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Overall a good lens

By Shiblee from Undisclosed on 12/20/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought this lens last year and I am pretty much happy with it. Here is what I have found within this year Pros. 1. It's an excellent all purpose lens, you don't have to switch lenses back and forth. 2. Focus within 0.5 meter (I think good for beginner macro shooters, my opinion does not count because I am not a big fan of macro) 3. It has a focus ring (which is a plus) 4. Autofocus is okay (it is not the fastest one but acceptable) 5. I love the bokeh of this lens The most important feature of this lens is its versatility and a very good choice for beginners when people are not sure which focal length is perfect to photograph what. Cons. 1. The lens creeps, it is a big problem if you point it upward. 2. It has a lock button but it locks only on 18mm, so basically you can use lock button it you want to hang it on your shoulder. 3. The images are not crisp sharp! but the images are still very good. If you are the guy who swear on sharpness then it might disappoint you but for me it is okay. I am not sure why it's worth $100 more than its previous version, apparently there is not much difference except the lock button which is not very useful anyway.


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Very happy with this camera

By pikchert8ker from Christoval, Texas on 12/07/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is my first digital SLR and I've only had it a few weeks. It will take some time to learn all the bells and whistles. I am completely happy with my choice to buy this particular camera. It is a good middle of the road camera. No quite as complicated as a truly professional, more expensive camera yet much more sophisticated than a normal point and shoot. It is a camera I will be able to grow into. I love that I can change lenses and can work it either manually or change the dial to an automatic setting.


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Unexpectedly love this camera more than any other!

By Andy E from Milwaukee, WI on 11/23/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

After borrowing a friend D90 a bunch of times, i knew i wanted my own. After checking out a local camera shop I was torn between the D90 and D5100. I did a lot of research and decided on the D5100 as my camera. I really liked the D90 everytime i used it, but now after using the D5100 i would never look back. Its easy to use, has a ton of cool features, and the swivel screen LCD display comes in handy more times than you'd ever imagine.


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I usually steer away fron ...

By Bob from Redding, CA on 11/21/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I usually steer away fron lenses with a wide range of focal lenghts and own several f2.8 pro lenses. After reading test result on this lens in Popular Photo who found that this lens has amazing optical qualities for a lens with this focal range, I decided to buy one. This lens will be perfect for when I don't want to carry around several heavy pro lens. I can mount this lens on My DSLR and go. I will still use my other lenses for specific needs, but this is the lens that I will use most of the time.


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After 4 years, I say:

By Chinook from Cranbrook. BC, Canada on 11/17/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

First of all, I mention what everybody already knows, this lens exudes Nikon quality. So precision, clarity, operation is flawless, and has been for me for the past 4 years. This is a great starting lens. with 18mm being the shortest focal length it outstrips other telephoto lenses in the wide-angle field. 200mm is a good zoom for many people, especially those who at higher fl display a shakey hand. I bought this for my wife, who asked for a point and shoot. Reasoning that this would be the most amazing point-and-shoot in the world, I remembered an old adage my dad used to say: "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after price is forgotten."


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No gridlines

By ctb2 from Columbia MO on 11/16/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I used a 5000 to shoot flowers.. sold it and went for the 5100 for the better senor, higher megapixel and bigger flipdown viewer.. NO GRIDLINES sent it back will use my SONY point&shoot HX100V, it has gridlines....


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Nice lens

By silversmith from Guelph Ontario on 11/14/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I had been using both the 18-55 zoom and 55-300 zoom on my D3100with great results but I wanted something a little easier to carry when traveling. This lens does the job. Smooth control, great sharpness and a generous zoom range. A bit heavier than my long zoom fixed lens camera, but a lot more detail and sharpness


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my do everything lense

By friedbrains from vancouver on 11/06/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

this lense does everything! portrait, landscape anything with my D7000! i don't know why the lense creep could really be an issue? if you set it at 200 and you shoot up, it does not creep down, however any settings below 200, it will creep, but at that point you should be holding the barrel while shooting either up or down or any other position (that is the normal way of shooting long barreled lense anyway)... my only complaint is when i forget to lock it at 18mm and the camera is dangling down from my waist (my normal way of carrying it using a sling-type camera strap), then barrel will extend down, real heavy creeping... but i can live with it! i just need to keep reminding myself to lock it when not in used... the IQ is so much better than the 18-55 and the 18-105 for sure! those lenses are for the low-end dx bodies, like d3x00 and d5x00 variants... if you are buying a d7000, you would want this lense, especially if you do not like the idea of missing a shot while changing lenses, do remember a moment happens in a split-sec, once the moment is gone, it can not be repeated again! i have used this lense in weddings, sports events and church activities among others... although it does not render the bokeh compared to the 80-200 or a 50 f1.8 prime, the flexibility is simply amazing, and it is as sharp and IQ is pretty much the same...


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The Nikon 5100 camera is verything perfect

By thornbird from Sacramento on 11/05/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The Nikon 5100 camera is lightweight, full of powerful advance features and yet easy to use. Most functional keys and switches are within hands grip. This camera is everything perfect for a beginner like me


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Nice Lens for all purpose

By NicKarl from San Fernando, CA on 10/13/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I just bought this lens about 3 months ago and Im glad I did. I use this in almost everything... Landscape, portrait, party, and I even use it as micro (Flowers & Insects). It does a good job so far, sharp and fast focus... Very happy with this lens...


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Great lens for all pupose...

By ELC from Mission Hills, CA on 10/13/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I use this lens for just almost everything... Landscape, micro (flowers or insects), and parties.. With my D7000, It doesn't disappoint me so far...


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lens creep is an issue

By Renzo from Scottsdale, AZ on 10/11/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I thought I had read enough reviews about this all-around great lens for non-pro enthusiasts. I bought the lens in New York City to go along with the D7000, however in NYC, your camera is pointed upwards a lot. When the salesman pointed out that there's a lock at 18mm, I immediately thought that Nikon knows about lens creep in the previous version of this lens and wanted to rectify the problem. Within several hours of shooting with this lens, it became apparent that lens creep is a big issue. I then came back home to and called Nikon The tech support person said this is a known problem and if severe, should be returned. Online there are plenty of reports and videos about this lens and it's "creep". One easy fix is a piece of black tape to the barrel, but with a brand new product, one should not be expected to "McGyver" it. This is probably the problem with all "super zooms" but I'm returning it for several shorter lenses.


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This product fills an important void for handicapp

By Paul from Lancaster, NY on 10/10/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have several Nikkor lenses obtained over 20+ years. This lens allows me to enjoy my photography from my wheelchair. It is very versitile. I am currently photographing flowers including close-ups. I call my pics "blossoms from a wheelchair".


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D7000 vrs D5100 Video

By RRRoger from Monterey Bay California on 10/07/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is my Travel and Video Camera I like to shoot HD1080p at 30fps, and wish they would unlock the firmware to go faster. The articulating LCD is very good, especially for video.


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This lens is soft

By RegularGuy from Chicago on 09/21/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I purchased this lens to accompany my D7000 body. Together they make a very balanced package and handle quite well. The overarching issue with the 18-200 lens is that it is very soft. I have never been so disappointed in the performance of a Nikon lens. A lens that lacks sharpness to this degree should not carry the Nikon nameplate.


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Excellent consumer-level machine

By Socrates from Burlington County, New Jersey on 09/20/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I also own a D80 which I'm quite pleased with but I wanted the CMOS sensor. My first choice was the D7000 but every time that I saw it available, I'd sleep on the decision and then it was no longer available. One retailer was selling the D5100 without a lens (which I didn't want anyway) for substantially less than the D7000 so I jumped on it as it has all the D7000 functions that are important to me except for the focus motor but I can live without that. The sensor performed as well as I had expected (which is absolutely great) and the camera settings screen was a very pleasant surprise - pretty much everything right in front of me and easily adjusted. Video doesn't interest me so I can't say much about that aspect.


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Fantastic Lens

By Leeman from BC Canada on 09/16/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Went on my dream vacation, purchase this lens for my Nikon D300S. Took about 5000 pictures and only had to delete a dozen. All the pictures came out perfect, I'm happy I purchased this lens.


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A light camera heavy on features.

By Light and Quick from Athens, Geaorgia on 09/13/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is only a limited review since I did not take my D5100 extensively to the road yet. However, from the tests I conducted, the D5100 performed exceedingly well. It is light to carry with a good battery life, and has a rmarkable resolution. The D5100 is an easy camera to understand and to configure to one's liking, and it works with all my Nikkor lenses, even the old ones, by using the range finder feature.


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Fuzzy Pictures

By Grumpy Old Man!! from Homosassa, FL on 09/13/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Do not buy this camera. The lens do not produce sharp images.


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Awesome Lens

By chefbill from Baltimore, MD on 09/05/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This lens is awesome.I took pictures of water falls,kids,pets.I had no lens creep what so ever.The photos were crisp and clean.


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In a Photo Contest after 10 Days

By Vedauwoo from Cheyenne, Wyoming on 09/01/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I decided to buy the D5100 the same day my digital camera fell to its death in the Teton Mountains. I follow Nikons product line and bought the D5100 without hesitation. It was the right decision. I appreciate its size, light weight, state of the art technology, the covered LCD panel, and not too many buttons and switches on the body. The best features of this camera are the quick and accurate 11-point focus, and the ability to get the color and exposure right in dim light with high ISO settings. The automatic focus computer works with you as the flashing red light travels from point to point to find the one you want for the focus. Even box cameras with film do good in bright sunlight, but in dim light when forced into high ISO then the ability to get a sharp and true picture requires a Nikon as the D5100. Also, taking a dozen pictures at four frames per second is a blast! I entered one of my first pictures in a national photo contest after 10 days with the camera. Aim to get the camera with the 18-55 mm lens. It may seem a humble lens, but it is my lens of choice for close up and indoor photography. Nikon did an excellent job matching that lens and the camera. I found there is a big difference between the fields of view of 28 and 18 mm lenses. This 18 mm lens will give you superior coverage for indoor photography. One of the features which I prize is the high definition video recording. The D5100 is superior to my big-name video camera in the following features: 30 frames per second, not 24. A viewfinder so that I able to see and control operations in bright light. A convenient start/stop switch avoiding camera wobble. An 18 mm wide angle lens instead of 28 for improved indoor videos. I use a 32 MB SDHC card with a speed of 10 Mbits per second. The D5100 produces a mpg-4 video file. Use the fps rate that works with your equipment, especially your personal computer. Best features: Mastery of high ISO photography, accurate focus, video, feel & balance. Worst features: Short battery life (with LCD). No exterior AC port. Recommended accessories: The coffee tumbler (#11817) At least one extra battery, a zoom as the 55-200 or 28-300, the camera case, and the cable release (assuming you have a tripod).


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Very dissapointed

By NikonUserWes from New York, NY on 09/01/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Bought the lens, wanted a great multipurpose lens for my D90, and bought it after reading other commentary here. I found the lens to be a massive disappointment, for the following reasons; Most importantly the images were not very sharp. Really performed poorly in low light Did not respond as smoothly as the stock lens that came with the D90 The VR reduction made a ridiculously loud clicking noise when engaged and took a second to actually make the click The autofocus just would not work well with this lens Not sure if I bought a lemon or if the lens just generally has issues. I could not return it because I bought it and immediately went on a long vacation with the lens, I had become so used to Nikon quality that I also failed to bring the warranty, and since you need to mail it back within a set period of days, I blew past that as well. BTW, why do they make you mail the warranty!?!? You should be able to fill it in online, ridiculous in this day and age. Bottom line is that I have an expensive paper weight at the moment instead of a great multipurpose lens, for this amount of money, I am profoundly upset.


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Lens Feedback

By Photo101 from Atlanta on 08/23/2011


Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I started using this lens recently taking it on vacation and signing up for a digital photography class. While the photographs turn out very clear, you MUST lock it when carrying. Even if you put it on a tripod and point the camera downward, gravity takes over and causes the lens to fully extend which is very frustrating. With taking a digital photo class this past month I was told this is not something that should occur and the unit is probably defective. Something I would of rather heard when the warranty was active. They said some people use a rubber band to hold the unit. For what it cost it should stay stationary at least on the tripod.


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GREAT CAMERA!!!

By ravster from Sunnyvale, CA on 08/15/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Perfect camera for anyone, i love the swivel screen, which really helps in difficults shooting situations, the camera has lots of great effects, i would reccommend this camera to anyone!


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Not rugged enough

By Nikodad from San Antonio, TX on 08/08/2011


Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Problem with all Nikon lenses is the rubber rings for focus and zoom. They do not stand up to heavy use. They become stretched from heat and sweat. A serious design change would be welcomed such that those rings (and other rubber/vinyl parts) be replaced with checked surface plastic/acrylic.


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Great Camera to learn with.

By ProAm Photographer from Everett, Wa on 08/05/2011


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought the Nikon D5100 after much debate between the it and the Canon Rebel T3i series. I read dozens of reviews and watch many videos showing comparisons. I'm quite satisfied overall with the camera. I've never owned a DSLR, just typical PnS. I purchase primarily for Astrophotography, to hook to my Meade ETX-90AT telescope using a #64 T Adapter. It works reasonably well for this purpose, I would say the camera is fairly matched for the telescope really. I've taken a bit over 5000 photos with it in the month I've owned it. From Formula Drift pro competitions, to hiking, to sunset/sunrises, beaches, wild life, and friends and family. It is excellent for taking photos. However I would caution on purchasing it for the 1080p video recording, and this could be due to the memory card, which is a 32GB class 10 card. some of my footage came out blocky, almost corrupted looking. I'll have to test more to detmine the problem, but thought I should mention it. On the camera it looks fine, not so much when played on multiple computers (tried several codecs, and players, including quicktime.) The camera allows to you use it like a point n shoot, but also lets you completly customize it in manual mode. Manually setting the F Stop, the shutter speed, ISO, and aperture. Also, it says it doesn't have a digital zoom in reviews, but it does, you just can't take photos while using it. For a new to intermediate users this is a great choice! It has the same CMOS sensor as the D7000, so your photos will look excellent! It also has a bunch of neat/fun features like selective color, but you can do many of those functions with a computer after you shot your photos too, but this saves that step. Still very nice to have.


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I have no words to ...

By rubasan from Utah on 08/02/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have no words to describe how formidable is the camera I am photographer for many years and is great better than the Nikon D60 digital my first and making a comparison is like having an F4 with a good camera D5100


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In auto mode, the ISO is ...

By D5100 from Undisclosed on 08/02/2011


Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

In auto mode, the ISO is quite high. When live view is on and VR is turned on for the Nikon lens that came with the camera, a persistent humming or static sound emanates from the camera. This occurred with another camera from the store I bought the camera from and a different lens as well. The static disappears when VR is turned off. An electronic design flaw as far as I can tell. The static ends up on my videos. I'm very disappointed in this.


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Unhappy

By Scarletnape from Undisclosed on 07/26/2011


Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

My lens came with a D200 camera. In 2009 it stopped functioning; the autofocus quit. Nikon took it back in 12.2009 and finally returned it in 3.2010 which was an inordinately long time. It is now broken again. Same issue. The repair department doesn't seem to be very responsive thus far and I cannot say that I'd be another buyer for a Nikon product at this juncture. Still awaiting a reply


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Great Standard Lens

By ScotNL from St John's, NL on 07/11/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is a great lens which I use as my standard lens. It covers a wide range of focal lengths and enables me to be a distance away and still take great close-ups, The quality and clarity are excellent and I would recommend this lens to everyone.


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I am impressed!

By MyFrozenFeet from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on 06/29/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I shoot nature, birds, animals and landscapes. I used to shoot commercially, people, events, a lot of things. Now, I only shoot what I want. I'm a recent convert to digital. Most of my history involves film, in Nikons, Hasselblads and a whole range of other film cameras. I spent a number of years away from this passion, but I'm back! About 3 years ago, I purchased a little P80 for a trip. It worked well, but wasn't up to the expectations that I have for cameras. Last December I purchased a P100. I was very happy with that camera. I still use it, but when the P500 came out, I got one. I've worked that camera hard and kind of fell in love with the capabilities of a camera that almost fits in a pocket. But, I needed better for some websites that my wife and I are developing. So, we went for a D7000 and one lens. That is all the budget we have for a while. The lens chosen is the 18-200 VRII and I've now run about 400 shots with the combo. Both my wife and I have again fallen in love! I'm going to have to fight to keep my hands on the D7000. The lens makes this camera ready for almost anything and is proving to be very fast focussing, sharp as a tack and light enough to carry all day. The images produced while testing this outfit have satisfied both of us beyond expectation. I would like more reach than we currently have, but I think there may be an 80-400 in our future. I was looking at price points for other lens manufacturers, but after a week with the 18-200 I've resolved that there is no need to look beyond Nikkor lenses. They may cost a bit more than something from an aftermarket maker, but there is a harmony that seems to run with a full Nikon outfit. Yes, I still have other maker's lenses in my bag, but they will be replaced with Nikkor as the budget allows. We're taking our websites to a commercial level and we're receiving very nice comments from people around the world. Our websites are image based and we like to offer the best that we can. The next few weeks will hold some tough subjects and I am confident that we can do justice to them with just the one lens. I never thought that I'd be able to say that, but even a shot that needs to be heavily cropped will stand up to high standards. The lens has an amazing range and it is providing fantastic images of whatever I've pointed it at. We're also compiling a microstock site and have no hesitation to recommend both the D7000 and the 18-200 VRII for serious photography.


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Could be great ... but

By OldPro from Chicago 'burbs on 06/23/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Has superb features -- especially movable monitor. Don't know how much autofocus motor would add to weight and price, but that would make it a much more valuable camera -- for me and many "Old Pros" who miss the ability to remove the prism on the old Fs for shooting ground-level or "Hail Marys."


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continues to amaze

By otherprof from Lynbrook, NY on 06/19/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The D5100 is an amazing camera. I love the incredibly bright articulating screen, and use it for still photography, not video. The camera is incredibly responsive and well designed, and the performance could not be better. I've been using it with the 18-200mm VR II lens, and the combination is great. The camera is light weight, focuses instantly, and the photos are sharp and nicely saturated. I can't believe all the in-camera adjustments, including the perspective (vertical and horizontal) and distortion (barrel through pincushion). The low light performance is superb. The battery lasts a very long time. For anything short of a trip to Afghanistan (unlikely) this is the camera for me, and the combination with the 18-200 Nikkor seems an unbeatable combination.


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super one-lens solution almost all the time

By otherprof from Lynbrook, NY on 06/19/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The 18-200 has lived up to and surpassed my expectations. The images are crisp and nicely saturated, the focusing on my D5100 is incredibly quick and accurate, and silent! The VR feature really does work as described. I rarely use a tripod, and I have yet to be bothered by camera shake,even at 200mm. Sometime in the future I may add a very fast Nikkor lens, or a very wide zoom, but for now this lens does it all for me.


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I had been looking at the ...

By Old Timer from Rou, Utah on 06/16/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I had been looking at the D5000 for almost a year but was hesitant to buy. When I read the specs on the D5100, I did not hesitate. Great system! I am looking forward to exploring all the features.


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Fantabulous

By GIOVANNI from Windham, ME on 06/15/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I was ready to get back into SLR photography and was looking at the Coolpix P500. I decided I wanted a true SLR w/ interchangeable lenses. After researching -I choose the D 5100 over the competion. This is a great SLR with great features for someone getting back into SLR photography- easy to use camera with easy to use features. For the money- this camera delivers in picture quality and value- Thanx Nikon


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Undecided

By WannaBePhotographer from Fort Lauderdale, FL on 06/13/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased the AFS DX 18-200mm ED VRII to pair with my D5000 in May of 2010. I found that the lens is good for use during daytime photography under good lighting. Using the crop factor of my camera sensor I get an equivalent 27mm to 300mm. Using the attached camera flash with the lens causes dark spots along the edges. Auto focus for medium to still moving objects are good. I had to send the lens in for repair because it stop auto focus at full length. Awaiting return of lens. Nice clear pics and wide focal length.


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More then amazing

By patterpan from Las Vegas, NV on 06/03/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I will keep this simple, the Nikon D5100 is the best camera you can buy for the money, period.


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Great Lens

By sadlered from Chattanooga, TN on 05/30/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Purchased this lens as an add on to my 18mm-55mm lens.This lens takes better pictures all around. Great Lens for the price.


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Ignore the negative reviewers.

By Chumba from LaLa on 05/25/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I had to say that in the title. Wanna know why? It's because there is no other lens with these features at this price. A Nikon glass, with VR II, DX format sure, but with zoom range from 28-300 equivalent in this compact size at this price range? The Tamrons and Sigmas may have similar types, but they're not Nikon glass, know what I mean? The VR absolutely trumps the others. This is the perfect all around lens for the DX format, and you can't go wrong. From a nice wide angle to a really decent zoom option, it'll give you plenty of options to do all around photography.


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Best all-in-one zoom lens

By Altugo from Undisclosed on 05/25/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

There are many alternative all-in-one zoom lens in the market. But the Nikon 18-200 VR II is the absolute winner and the best all-in-one zoom lens in the world. No other competitors can catch the 18-200 VR II in terms of image quality and sharpness. If I had only one lens, this would be the one.


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One of the best cameras I ...

By RHawk from Delaware, OH on 05/22/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

One of the best cameras I have ever owned. The Continuous shooting is nice, and for not a bad price. Cant see a thing wrong with this camera, other than I wish the screen were bigger.


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Most user friendly camera I've ever owned

By J 14e from Treasure Coast, Florida on 05/12/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

this camera can be used by amature - pro it has the easiest user interface by nikon yet its as simple as a point and shoot on auto and as customizable as you would want a camera to be AND THEN 1080p HD video in an amazing and crisp mov format .... I think I found my new favorite camera !!


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Top rate new camera

By OldMarathoner from Virginia Beach, VA on 05/10/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The Nikon 5100 is so chock full of new features that it will take quite some time to investigate them all. I was amazed at the light weight of the body which makes it a pleasure to use for long durations. The LCD screen produces one of the cripsest displays I have seen. The ease of downloading to a computer is a dream. The photos are so well defined and the colors so true that almost no photo-editing is needed.


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This is a great alround lens

By photohappy from Montreal, QC on 05/06/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love this lens because it allows me to take all kinds of shots easily without having to carry multiple lenses. I got it before leaving on an Asian vacation. I didn't want to carry a ton of lenses "to get the perfect shot" of a once in a lifetime trip. This lens allowed me to take scenic,portrait,candid and sunset shots all with one lens. I wasn't wasting time changing lenses and missing the shot. I cannot recommend it enough !!!!!


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Dissapointed

By Nikon Fan from NY on 05/02/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Bought the lens for use with my D90, thought it would be a perfect all around lens, but have become very disenchanted with it. First I find that the lens does not work great with auto focus and also is very, very poor with low light. Not talking about poor light just low light. I spent a fair amount of time on a trip recently in a rain forest during the day, very difficult for the camera to respond during those trips. Also there is an audible clicking noise that seems to take a second or two shooting with VR on, when it engages. The clicking is distinct enough to make me think the lens has problems. Warranty does not seem to cover this. Wish I had bought a different lens, or not bought this one at all. Additionally, images appear sharper with VR turned off than on, overall the images do not seem as sharp to me with this lens. Again, dissapointed.


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D5100 video controls and dead pixels

By sholugo from Chihuahua, Chih. Mex on 04/29/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I'm verry disapointed with the video function of the D5100 camera, instead of "desing" those silly effects they should try to give us full manual control for the video, if you (nikon)don't know why so many customers has change their systems to canon that is it. i just purshased the D5100 because all my lenses are nikon and don`t want to start again buying canon gear) and it has a dead pixel and the camera don`t have any utillity to repair this issue. Nikon don`t let us down!!! make an update for the manual controls on video mode pls. jejeje P.S excuse my english i`m from Mxico


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a decent lens for all purpose shooting

By mick7 from chicago on 04/24/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

i bought this lens a couple years ago. the first one i got totally died within 2 weeks. total electronic failure. it was replaced and have used this lens a fair amount since then. its not super sharp, but sharp enough for the vast majority of work you will use it for. it has taken a fair amount of abuse and still kept on working. a very useful focal range to have in the camera bag. would be nice if it was a stop or so faster though. makes it less useful in low light situations as it is.


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Great focal range

By Harold from Rincon, Ga. on 04/19/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased this lens almost nine months ago and it has been on my camera most of the time. I gave this purchase considerable thought since I already have the Nikon 70-300 AFS-VR but I wanted a lens that I would be ready for most any situation without having to switch lens or carry two cameras and this is what this lens does. The pictures have great contrast and color and the VR allows me to get pictures that I would not be able to capture without a tripod.


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Excellent focal range

By biggupp1 from Albany, NY on 04/19/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The 18-200 VRII is my go-to lens for shooting cycling races, especially when on the back of a moto. The focal range is excellent for 98% of the shots I make. This great portability means I need to carry only a single lens. And in often dusty or rainy environments, not having to change lenses protects the equipment that much more. Image quality is excellent for the job intended, as magazines and websites have responded favorably to thousands of images produced with this lens. Improvements? As has been done with the 24-120, giving the 18-200 a constant aperture of 3.5 throughout the focal range and of course improving the sharpness would make this lens simply stellar. Would I pay more for that? In a flash...


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Excelent "workhorse" lense

By Mountain Photographer from Madras, OR on 04/19/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This lense is my go to "workhorse" lense because of the wide range and quick response. I have used it for four plus years wiht very little problems. It has a couple of "eccentricities", the tube has a tendency to drift to extension when in a tube down position which will cause problems during extended use with in tripod settings. I have had to have it rebuilt once already, which helped the stability. The other problem is the auto exposeure tends to jam when camera battery power is low. These two problems aside this has been a very enjoyable lense to work with.


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Excellent lens

By gvbeans from Massachusetts on 04/18/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Provides an excellent range without having to change lenses.


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I use this lens 90% of the time.

By AL from Howell, MI on 04/17/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I vacation about 6 to 8 weeks a year. If I am going by car I bring all my cameras (3) and lenses (9). IF I am going by air I take only 1 camera body and 1 lens, a nikkor 18mm to 200mm zoom. That way I am traveling as light as possible and it meets almost all of my needs when on vacation. GREAT lens.


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disappointed

By Teach from Manhattan , New York on 04/17/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I 've had 40 years of Nikon products that I love. This lens was a big mistake - I've had it fixed/adjusted 3 times . The third time ( the zoom moves out of position by itself during high angle shots ) Nikon finally fixed the lens creep on the 3rd time. The worst is that I can't shoot wide open at F. 5.6 I miss the focus on auto and manual with a tripod. I was told by a Nikon repair technician that wide open at F 5.6 is not the best way to use this lens .I only use this lens with studio strobes at F.11 and above. The only good thing about this lens is that it has better contrast/color than the 18mm-70mm that came with my digital camera.


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Versatility on the go !!!

By Hurbee from Bryn Mawr, PA on 04/16/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Primarily, I am an event photographer who also travels extensively for my personal pleasure. The 18-200mm has become my best friend, This lens permits me to get "into the crowd" without being obvious or "in their face". The results are exceptional candids without hauling 2 cameras etc. While out on a trek doing landscapes and touring I am happy not to have the extra weight with multiple lenses and going through the hassle of quickie lens changes and subsequently missing the shot. True, that this glass is not the fastest at f3.5, however, the magic of an ISO boost takes care of that in most cases. The sharpness and clarity of this lens is exceptional.


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GREAT LENS

By Rick from Pilot Mountain, NC. on 04/15/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This lens does it all from closeup shots to action sports shots.Keep it on my D90 about 95% of the time.Can't give this lens enough credit for the shots I have got with it.


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Convenient but not sharp

By Rykon from Atlanta, Georgia on 04/15/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

The focal length range on this lens is great, eliminating the need to carry multiple lenses around when you're on vacation or at special events. However, there are several issues with this lens that keep me from recommending it to anyone seeking to use it professionally. 1. Any time the lens is tilted at extreme down angles, the lens has a tendency to slip. In other words, the lens doesn't maintain its focal length when aimed down. 2. Images produced with this lens are somewhat soft, regardless of the f-stop setting or shutter speed. 3. The lens isn't very fast, which is expected for its price range, but not from Nikon. 4. The lens is slow to lock on focus. I would say that my disappointment with this lens could be due to using it on the older D200, but I haven't been crazy about it since day one. Initially I thought I was getting images I was unhappy with due to inexperience. However, I have shot for over 5 years using various Nikon and Canon lenses and cameras, producing razor sharp images with beautiful depth of field. Every time I return to my 18-200mm I find myself either disappointed with the results or taking it off due to poor performance. I have a 50mm f/1.4 Nikon lens as well, and it is incredibly sharp.


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The only lens you really ...

By pbaker1365 from Sorrento, B.C. on 04/14/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The only lens you really need for your D7000. This is a product you must try yourself you see how good it really is.


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Best of everything

By Bigfoot from Apache Junction, Arizona on 04/14/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Absolutely the best of everything in this lens. Lighwieght but strong, quick focus and great stabalization. Great lens for outdoor photography especially backpacking and camping. Could be a little faster, f-stop wise, to make it the perfect mid-range lens for wildlife. This lens is my all around lens and rarely is removed from my D300s.


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All in one lens

By GarryOwen from Farmington, Utah on 04/14/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

If I could have only one lens choice it would be this lens! From wide to long, excellent all in one lens, especially for walking around and wanting to be light in carrying things. I remember nearly 30 years ago in Asia carrying a bag with 7 primes, weight was 35 pounds! This lens would replace all of those but one a macro. As a general all purpose lens this is it. Two drawbacks though: f3.5-5.6 variable aperture, I'd prefer a fixed f4. The VR helps to make this up but... It does have some barrel distortion at least in the first version, which is the one I have.


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I use this lens as my all ...

By Jeff from New York, NY on 04/14/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I use this lens as my all in one go-to solution for landscape and wildlife images that i use for illustration reference. It's proven to be rugged and easy to use while providing good sharp images.


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This is a weary good produck due to size quality.

By Jone from Norway Fredrikstad on 04/14/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought this lens and I am weary pleased with it. The main reason is that I dont have to change lens for different occasions this solves the most situations fore me. At the same time pictures are weary good so this lens is all you need. :-)


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Great for casual photography

By Troy from oz from Yeppoon, QLD, Australia on 04/14/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This lens has mixed reviews around the web, but used for what it is, it is a truly great lens. I have taken many, many pictures of landscapes and portraits and I am happy with all of them. . Granted, nice prime lenses will produce beautiful shots, but they do not come close to the versatility of this lens. I've found it to be incredible for instantly picking people out of larger groups for candid shots - like at a wedding or family gathering. This is something you simply cannot do with a specialised prime. Likewise, lenses that fit somewhere in the middle of the 18-200's zoom range will require a lot of moving around to get good shots. With the 18-200 you can pretty-much stay in a fixed position and quickly take pictures both close and far away. . Likewise for walking around spots like a tourist destination, you can quickly lock onto any point of interest and get the shot. Some shooting opportunities don't hang around for you to position your shot, so having this zoom provides a far greater range of unplanned shots that add well to your collection.


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I've used this lens since ...

By BOB from Bossier City LA on 04/14/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've used this lens since they came out and it is a great all around lens! It is a little heavy but I'm ok with it.


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Great lens!

By Medialady from Jonesboro, LA on 04/14/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have enjoyed this lens so far, havng purchased it in December 2010. I've had no problem with lens creep and the lens is great for all purpose use. I like the fact that I don't have to change lens. I only wish it went to 300mm but then I guess it would be too heavy. It fit onto my Nikon D80 camera with no problems and works really well. It is sharp and clear even at 200mm set on closeup such as flower setting. I'm looking forward to using my camera with this lens when we go traveling to the western states this fall.


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excellent all around lens

By mister088 from New York, NY on 04/14/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

if you want a killer all around no no nonsense lens.. This is it. I had the pleasure of going on safari with this thing and it did not dissappoint. I found myself saying "wow, I took that shot?' lens creep is the only criticism I would have. thing I'm an "enthusiast" not a pro, but i think this lens is great.


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Great Travel Walk-around lens

By gdaddy47 from Fort Worth, Texas on 04/14/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Bought this lens specifically for a trip to China; wanted a single lens to carry for 2 weeks. Connected to a D300 this lens provided exactly what I needed, wide angles for streets and close quarters, telephoto for longer shots line the Great Wall, plus with higher ISO settings it worked well for cultural shows and night shots. This lens was light enough that it's weight never became a problem. I have several F2.8 Nikon lens that I would have liked to have in China but when weight and space is critical factor this lens does the job in superior fashion.


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Lens has a problem losing tension

By James from Clarksville, MD on 04/14/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Lens has a problem losing tension and drooping. When pointed down the barrel rolls out. Otherwise it has a great zoom range that allows carrying one lense.


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puny product

By earlmck from Prineville, OR on 04/14/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Lens was not very sharp when new. Soon developed a "failure to focus" when zoomed past about 80mm. Sent it in to Nikon for warranty repair. It stayed fixed at the normal mediocre level for another year and then dropped back into the "failure to focus when zoomed" mode. By now it is out of warranty and I conclude I don't like the lens well enough to try for another fix.


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loose and unsharp

By Maam from Vordingborg, Denmark on 04/14/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

The zoom is too loose. It makes the lense zoom in when pointed downwards. The sharpness could shurely be improved.


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good glass, bad focus slippage

By frisket from los angeles ca on 04/14/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

if you don't need to shoot anything lower than eye level, stellar lens, but tilt downward and it will not hold focus - manual or auto - really a problem - this lens is the one that came with my d300 a couple years ago and after exchanging the first 18-200 , this one had the same problem - if there is a fix, please tell me - am a nikon lifer - half dozen starting with the F Photomic - decades of use - this is the first time disappointed.


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wish it was better

By veloshooter from Beverly Hills, CA on 04/14/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

unfortunately, i cannot recommend this particular Nikon Lens. it is not sharp, and mine has been in repair 4 times now for various reasons. love all of my other Nikon Lenses but this one, misses the boat.


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pui

By gatih from Undisclosed on 04/05/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

what's wrong of this product, i can't use my old lens on it~ is's difficult to put a focus motor inside???


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Broken after 2 weeks!

By sdcal from San Diego, CA on 04/02/2011


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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Not very impressed!. I just upgraded my d90 to a d7000. Sold one of my off brand lenses (18-200) and bought the Nikkor 18-200. Brand New. I shot with it about 4 or or 5 time since about March 14th, 2011. Yesterday (March 30th, 2011) I put it back on my camera and the Auto focus is broken. It works off and on at different focal lengths then quits all together. I tried taking it of and on and a bunch of different focus options all unsuccessful. Called Nikon and they said to take it into a one of their servicing centers. Made in Thailand! Unbelievable! And my main reason for switching to a Nikkor 18-200 was I heard there were quality issues with off brand lenses! This is quite embarrassing for Nikon in my opinion. I had my off brand lens for over 3 years and never had an issue with it. Maybe this Nikon is just one bad lemon out of the bunch. Hopefully the service center can resolve the issue.


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Great Lens! Great Price! Great Company!

By nevadaboy from Northern, Nevada on 02/14/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love Nikon, you can always count on getting a great product that they will stand behind with great service. I like this lens very much. It steadies quickly and always takes crystal clear pictures. I've paired it with a D7000 for most use, but my wife can use it on her D3100 too. It is fantastic! Check out these pictures and you decide. Thank you Nikon!


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Good lens, some compromises

By Diesel from Fairborn, OH on 02/08/2011


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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is a nice all purpose lens, in fact, I don't take it off the camera! I take a lot of photos on vacation and this lens is good for that. It does have some issues with distortion when photographing buildings but the effect is not hideous for vacation shots. The VR feature is fantastic. I've taken pictures out of cars and had clean, crisp pictures. I've taken pictures at night without pushing the ISO and had great pictures. The "auto" mode on the VR does seem to suck the camera battery, so use judiciously. Manual focus is easy to use, although I use the auto focus most of the time. It is sometimes slow to focus, but not a show stopper.


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Disappointed

By DesertPhoto from Tucson, AZ on 12/07/2010


Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I traded a Nikon 18-105mm and a 55-200mm lens in for this lens, and I wish I had my old lenses back. The 18-200mm works great at the wide angle end, but when I zoom out farther than 100mm the images are very soft. I am very conscious about what my shutter speed is when hand holding my Nikon D90, but still the images are just not sharp.


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Excellent Lens

By Moonman from New York NY on 10/07/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Replaces two lens with one. Great for walking around Manhattan afterwork. From taking street level shots to images of gargoyles thousands of feet up on skyscrapers. No lens changing, 1 lens, 1 small bag and lots of great images. Fast focus and image stabilization. Crisp shots at all lengths.


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images are rarely sharp

By disappointed from Ontario, Canada on 09/15/2010


Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I have to say I am fairly disappointed with this lens and camera (D300). Out of 9000 images very, very few are sharp and suitable for production. I have produced a couple of focus tests and they are off slightly. I do realize the problem may be I don't know how to operate the focusing properly but even with manual focus the photos are just not sharp.


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It is a great lens for the money

By BL from Undisclosed on 08/02/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I know that many photographers look down on the 18-200mm VR. In comparing the expensive 17-55mm 2.8 and the 18-200 VR, is like comparing apple and orange. I am still very much in love with my 18-200 when I am travelling and walking arround. BL


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Very Versatile Lens

By Phil from Gunnison, CO on 07/30/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I use this lens on my D300s as well as a D300. Very versatile for "Portraits" as well as everyday shots. The lens works very well for sports as well. This is an everyday lens for me.


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The Ultimate Single-Lens Solution

By Baltimore_Will from Baltimore, MD USA on 07/30/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Everyone raves about this lens and for good reason. It is the ultimate single-lens solution. If you can only carry one lens and you need to cover a wide range of subjects, having a 35mm eq. of 27 to 300 in one lens is just amazing. However, there are two reasons why I don't give the lens 5 stars. First, my version (original) of the lens creeps. This makes using a neck strap difficult because with just modest bouncing the lens extends. When fully extended, it is unwieldy. Where I used to have this lens on the camera by default, now I pull it out only when I need the reach. I am told there is less creep with the newest version and, of course, there is a lock. Second, I think the open end of the f-stop range is misleading. By the time the lens is zoomed to 35-45mm, the smallest f-stop is nearly 4.5. This is not uncommon among long zooms but it does mean relying on VR to buy f-stops in the low-middle portion of the range. Having used this lens extensively, I think my style of shooting will be better served with the great f1.8 35mm "normal" lens plus the excellent 55-200mm VR lens for the reach when I need it. 90% of my shooting is in the normal range anyway. This two-lens combo is much cheaper than the single 18-200, something to consider. I have really enjoyed using the 18-200 and have no problem recommending it, subject to my caveats.


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This product is great for traveling

By Cruiseguy from Centennial, CO on 07/30/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Takes the plaace of multiple lens so when we travel I only need the one lens to cover everything from wide angle, portrait, and telephoto. Great works well and would highly recomment this lens to anyone that cares about photography.


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Disappointing

By HotTub from Vero Beach, Florida on 07/30/2010


Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

This was the first Nikon lens that I have ever owned, I have been very disappointed with it so far. Between the automatic focus feature breaking shortly after purchasing and the constant irritating lens creeping problem that Nikon says is "normal", it makes me wish I could have a "do over" on my lens selection. I have seen this same lens at camera stores around the country and it didn't creep there. Sounds more like a quality control problem that Nikon refuses to fix. I guess it's all in the luck of the draw that determines if you get a creeper or not.


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