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Thread: nikon 18-200mm VR vs nikon 105mm macro lens VR???

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    Default nikon 18-200mm VR vs nikon 105mm macro lens VR???

    hi guys, i need opinion from board members here.

    okay here is the issue. i dont have lot of money and i ve been saving up. here we go, now i am ready to spend some of my saving.

    I WANT TO GET 1 LENS. and i dont know which one to choose. is it 18-200mm VR nikon or 105mm VR macro.

    okay, here what i wanna know from this lens

    1) for 18-200mm , i know this is supposed to be a very convenient lens but some people complain that this is not sharp. IS IT SHARP??? is it sharper than 18-55mm standard lens kit???

    by the way, my camera is nikon d40.

    2) kenrockwell stated that nikon 18-200mm can basically substitute 105mm VR macro since the macro function in nikon 18-200mm is excellent, IS THIS TRUE??

    3) how is 105mm VR macro?? is it good?? is it worth the price???

    WHAT I REALLY WANT IS MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY. i am just thinking if 18-200mm can replace 105mm VR , i might as well just get 18-200m since that lens is so convenient.

    this is a somewhat overwhelming question. I need your opinion and please help me guys. thanks so much : ) i appreciate yall's answers

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    what you really one is macro photography, then the choice is obviously the
    afs 105mm f2.8 vr

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    Sometime KenRockwell's comments are funny. its very obvious the 105 afs vr will be much better than the 18-200 for macro specifically.
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    if u really want to be in macro photog, get the macro lens!

    you also mentioned you do not have lots of money and want to get 1 lens, maybe you would like to consider Tamron 90mm F/2.8 Di? more affordable in term of price and believe to be a better macro lens... unless u strictly wanted Nikon...

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    If you want macro, 105mm VR for sure.
    18-200 cannot do macro. Can do close up or not, i not sure and i don't think so.
    And if you are comparing them at focal length of 105mm, 18-200 VR's sharpness, colours and bokeh simply cannot fight.
    but 18-200 VR is good for convenience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcn View Post
    what you really one is macro photography, then the choice is obviously the
    afs 105mm f2.8 vr
    i know but who knows, maybe 18-200 can do macro shots too. that would save my money and it will be a better choice obviously


    Quote Originally Posted by chanxj View Post
    Sometime KenRockwell's comments are funny. its very obvious the 105 afs vr will be much better than the 18-200 for macro specifically.
    much better?? do you have experience with both of these lenses??



    Quote Originally Posted by MaZaCA View Post
    if u really want to be in macro photog, get the macro lens!

    you also mentioned you do not have lots of money and want to get 1 lens, maybe you would like to consider Tamron 90mm F/2.8 Di? more affordable in term of price and believe to be a better macro lens... unless u strictly wanted Nikon...
    i will research that tamron 90mm, but i wanna ask u this, is 105mm vr an excellent lens??? what u think?


    Quote Originally Posted by Yapster View Post
    If you want macro, 105mm VR for sure.
    18-200 cannot do macro. Can do close up or not, i not sure and i don't think so.
    And if you are comparing them at focal length of 105mm, 18-200 VR's sharpness, colours and bokeh simply cannot fight.
    but 18-200 VR is good for convenience.
    do you have 18-200??? can you tell me about its quality?

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    Quote Originally Posted by camerax View Post
    i know but who knows, maybe 18-200 can do macro shots too. that would save my money and it will be a better choice obviously
    if u have to ask this, i think u probably be doing just casual close-up photography rather than macro. there is no comparison between 18-200VR and 105VR when it comes to macro.

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    Nothing can beat a macro lens when it comes to macro photography.

    I think when Ken mentioned about macro, it is more just close up photography of flowers like roses etc.

    It u really want to do photography of macro objects such as insects and inside of flowers, then go for the 105 VR lah.

    if you want a lens that is convenient for travels etc, then go for the 18 - 200 VR.

    Have not enough money..........go for one first then go for the other in another 1 year.

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    okay guys, i am leaning toward 105mm vr now

    however, is there any other lens you guys recommend??? i mean macro lens ofcourse

    or 105mm vr is the best on the market now.

    i read from website, that i have to be away about 15cm using this lens to get 1:1 magnification. Is it hard to get 1:1 magnification in the real world using this lens??
    since 15cm seems too close for me and i think it will scare the insects with such a close distance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moby View Post
    Nothing can beat a macro lens when it comes to macro photography.

    I think when Ken mentioned about macro, it is more just close up photography of flowers like roses etc.

    It u really want to do photography of macro objects such as insects and inside of flowers, then go for the 105 VR lah.

    if you want a lens that is convenient for travels etc, then go for the 18 - 200 VR.

    Have not enough money..........go for one first then go for the other in another 1 year.
    i think this is what i am gonna do. buy macro lens and then go to 18-200 mm.

    hey is 18-200mm any good???

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    Default Re: nikon 18-200mm VR vs nikon 105mm macro lens VR???

    nikon 18-200, i ve never personally use one myself.

    but a few top salon competitors i know, use this lens. so, i'd assume that if they are happy w it, u, most probably, will.

    the 18-200 is a general purpose lens. the 105 micro a specialised one.

    they are very different. so, any comparison is difficult.
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    Default Re: nikon 18-200mm VR vs nikon 105mm macro lens VR???

    I shall cause some trouble and say the word : Sigma 150mm Macro

    loads of excellent reviews of this lens and the extra 45mm will give you more working distance.

    Doesn't have VR though, but thats fine since VR doesn't work for macro photography anyway.
    Though, yes, the VR will be useful in other situations


    Btw, as much as i like Ken Rockwell's review, take his reviews with a ladle of salt I have no idea how a 18-200VR can be on par with the 105mm micro!

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    Default Re: nikon 18-200mm VR vs nikon 105mm macro lens VR???

    Totally different applications...

    how to compare??

    All-rounder (jack of all trades, master of none) 18-200 VR

    Specialised (for specific usage on macro) 105 VR
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    Quote Originally Posted by camerax View Post
    okay guys, i am leaning toward 105mm vr now

    why just lean, BUY IT and enjoy

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    Buy the Nikon D3. Together with your new 105mm Macro lens, CONFIRM your pictures will go WOW.
    D∞X, 1-∞ mm F0.17. I like to show off my equipment list because I'm pro. My Flickr

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    WOW, OK. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcn View Post
    WOW, OK. Thank you.
    You're welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daedalus Trent View Post
    I shall cause some trouble and say the word : Sigma 150mm Macro

    loads of excellent reviews of this lens and the extra 45mm will give you more working distance.

    Doesn't have VR though, but thats fine since VR doesn't work for macro photography anyway.
    Though, yes, the VR will be useful in other situations


    Btw, as much as i like Ken Rockwell's review, take his reviews with a ladle of salt I have no idea how a 18-200VR can be on par with the 105mm micro!
    i am gonna take a look at the sigma 150mm
    thanks man for letting me know. by the way, can this autofocus with my d40??

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcn View Post
    why just lean, BUY IT and enjoy
    its a lot of money and i have to be careful and make sure that i take a right decision

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    Quote Originally Posted by camerax View Post
    its a lot of money and i have to be careful and make sure that i take a right decision
    thats the spirit. don't give in to the BBB virus!

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