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Thread: 18-135 or 18-200 VR

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    Default Re: 18-135 or 18-200 VR

    I own a 18-200 + D80. It's real convenient travelling with a single lens and dont have carry a tripod. I had a picture taken 1/2 sec handheld (18mm) perfectly usable. I agree its not a sharp lens compared to those shorter standard zooms. I did own KM 17-35mm , a real sharp lens, beautiful colors and contrast. But it's not fair comparison.

    Carrying a bag full of lenses + tripod, and chanding lenses can be real hassle.

    I may buy a tamron 17-50mm F2.8, but I will still keep my 18-200mm ,

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    Default Re: 18-135 or 18-200 VR

    18-200 on my D200 all the time...love the one-lens for all feel on it.

    May consider the 70-200 or 17-50 if my $$$ permits and my necessity for it.

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    poor man here. All I can afford is the 18-70mm and 55-200mmVR. VR helps a lot in low light at tele range.

  4. #24

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    if you have money to spare and really want to seriously try out the lens, can go and rent the lens and try it out for a day or something..

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    Hi can I know where you get the lenes from?? Sounds good price to me if I sell my 18-135 for $400 i just need to top up $700 for this 2 lenes. Are we talking new lenes or used??

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidsee View Post
    Hi can I know where you get the lenes from?? Sounds good price to me if I sell my 18-135 for $400 i just need to top up $700 for this 2 lenes. Are we talking new lenes or used??
    In that case you should either 1) stick with your 18-135 or 2) get the 18-200VR instead because for that money, you save the hassle of having to change lenses and the quality of those 2 lenses are not as good as the 18-200.

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    Default Re: 18-135 or 18-200 VR

    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    In that case you should either 1) stick with your 18-135 or 2) get the 18-200VR instead because for that money, you save the hassle of having to change lenses and the quality of those 2 lenses are not as good as the 18-200.
    Interesting response to which I propose a counterpoint:-

    Industry consensus is that the 70-300 is at least as good as the 18-200, many say better in many ways, not just in reach of the zoom. The 18-70 is also a better built lens than the 18-135. Just go to the shops and feel the two lenses and you will see what I mean. For more evidence, read the kit lens review posted in an earlier post above. Hence many D80 users have chosen to give up the 18-135 kit lens at purchase and gone down the route of the 18-70 and 70-300 combo.

    My advice is simply this:- If you need more reach than the 18-200, then go for the above combo. Otherwise get the 18-200 and be happy that you have an excellent all round performer. See my earlier post in this thread on how much you can do with this lens.

    Happy Shooting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hacknet View Post
    hmm.. i've got the 18-55 kit lens and i must say its very very very worth it for the price! for $120 used, you dont find a lens that can do close up product shots at twice the price. and the 18mm end of the lens is a bonus when you go walking around on the street.

    imo, the 18-70mm is alittle pricey for that little extra zoom, i'd get a 18-55mm and the 70-300mm VR. sounds like a killer combo, both for price and quality.
    I wanted to get the 18-55 initially but it was "plasticky" and optically not as good as 18-70mm.

    plus 18-70 has a hood.

    For a machine like a D80 I would rather invest in better lens.
    Nikon D80|AF-S DX 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G|AF-S VR 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G|AF 85mm f1.8D|SB-900
    Neobux

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