Whappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2 Posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2512 times:
I've been having a conundrum lately with one of my new lenses. I got the 18-200VR at Christmas, and was very happy to pick it up. However, it seems EVERYTHING I shoot with it is soft as soft can be. Far much more so then my 18-70 that was the kit lens I was using before hand. I'm just curious, how can you really tell if its a lens problem, or is the lens naturally soft? If it is a problem with a specific lens, can you do anything about it? Send it to Nikon? Warranty?
Whappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2494 times:
I haven't had much vignetting issues, atleast none that stood out worse to me then the overall softness. I'm having to do so much extra sharpening to my photos in post-processing, its damn near making them unusable.
JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2442 times:
How do your prints come out? If they are acceptable at around 11x14 or slightly larger, I wouldn't worry unless you primarily display your images on the web. Trying to judge an image on a screen can be futile.
Preelude From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2359 times:
It's a general rule that the more range a lens covers, the poorer the optical performance will be, however there are exceptions. 18-200 = 11.1 zoom. Also if you want sharp images you usually have to step down the lens, typical sweet spot is around f/8 to f/9, at 500mm I have to shoot f/11 with my sigma 170-500. Prime lenses seem to be sharp at all f/stops...