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    Hi all, as above. Is there a lot of difference in the additional 50mm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by babytweety
    Hi all, as above. Is there a lot of difference in the additional 50mm?
    18-105mm is also a kit lens FYI. Just more room to play with and better built than your 18-55mm (I assume this is ur current lens)
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    IMHO...an upgrade would be a lens with better IQ, nicer bokeh, etc.

    what you would be getting would only be a lens that allows your to get in closer without walking closer...

    and there would be a difference, in terms of DOF and FOV at the tele end, comparing 50mm to 105mm

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    IQ no improvement.
    AF, not faster
    All you get is that extra 50mm…but you're paying more for it.
    Even if you were to sell your 18-55..you won't get much to cover the 18-105 purchase.
    IMO, if you really want to upgrade, go for an improvement in lens, not improvement is focal range.
    Go for a 17-55 f2.8, or a 24-105 or 24-70 type lens…that is an upgrade of significant improvement.
    Or if you only want to buy one lens but want more coverage and an acceptable IQ..then go for those good 3rd party superzooms…not fantastic but better than the kit lens in almost every department and you usually get alot more focal range coverage.

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    hmm another not bad upgrade will be the tamron 17-50 2.8
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    Thanks all for your reply. I'm new to dslr and cant afford those ex lenses
    I have tried my fren's Nikon 18-200mm and luv the extra focal length.Maybe i should save up n buy tt lens. I am also looking at prime lens, the 35mm or 50mm. I luv bokeh!

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    Default Re: Is 18-105mm a good upgrade from kit lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by babytweety View Post
    Thanks all for your reply. I'm new to dslr and cant afford those ex lenses
    I have tried my fren's Nikon 18-200mm and luv the extra focal length.Maybe i should save up n buy tt lens. I am also looking at prime lens, the 35mm or 50mm. I luv bokeh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by babytweety View Post
    Thanks all for your reply. I'm new to dslr and cant afford those ex lenses
    I have tried my fren's Nikon 18-200mm and luv the extra focal length.Maybe i should save up n buy tt lens. I am also looking at prime lens, the 35mm or 50mm. I luv bokeh!
    Actually a Tamron 17-50mm (non-VC) is pretty alright in price (S$6XX). And trust me... you don't really need the VC for that range.

    But if it is range that you want, you might want to get a lens combo - Tamron 17-50mm + Nikkor 55-200mm. I believe the two of them added up to be almost the same price as the 18-200mm... and you get better IQ (I believe)... but would lose up on versatility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhino123 View Post
    Actually a Tamron 17-50mm (non-VC) is pretty alright in price (S$6XX). And trust me... you don't really need the VC for that range.

    But if it is range that you want, you might want to get a lens combo - Tamron 17-50mm + Nikkor 55-200mm. I believe the two of them added up to be almost the same price as the 18-200mm... and you get better IQ (I believe)... but would lose up on versatility.
    only problem is you need to switch lens...

    or maybe if you dont mind a used copy its around 430..

    and for grey 17-50 you can get it at 466
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    Quote Originally Posted by babytweety View Post
    Thanks all for your reply. I'm new to dslr and cant afford those ex lenses
    I have tried my fren's Nikon 18-200mm and luv the extra focal length.Maybe i should save up n buy tt lens. I am also looking at prime lens, the 35mm or 50mm. I luv bokeh!
    just to tell you the price..

    af-s 35mm 320 +/- depend on shop..

    af-s 50mm 269-290 depend on shop..
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    The Nikon 18-200mm is a good lens, check this out.....

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/18200.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyorange

    haha welcome to the dark side..

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyorange

    just to tell you the price..

    af-s 35mm 320 +/- depend on shop..

    af-s 50mm 269-290 depend on shop..
    These price are more affordable to me
    Will get one of this soon.

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    Thanks for the recommendation guys. I prefer not to switch lens, especially during vacations. I'm scared of getting the lens dirty!
    But will consider these. But i need to save $$$$! Hahaha

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    Default Re: Is 18-105mm a good upgrade from kit lens?

    if your cam got af motor. maybe you can go for af-d 50mm 1.8 its around $180(shop) and many selling at bns now due to the offer. you can get it at 150 +/- or a used 1 at 130 +/-
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyorange
    if your cam got af motor. maybe you can go for af-d 50mm 1.8 its around $180(shop) and many selling at bns now due to the offer. you can get it at 150 +/- or a used 1 at 130 +/-
    Wow! That cheap meh?? I thought its at $200+ range. Btw, I'm using D5100

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    Default Re: Is 18-105mm a good upgrade from kit lens?

    TS, you might want to consider buying a used 55-200 VR for 200+.

    You will gain an extra lens, as well as 145mm more focal length.

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    Default Re: Is 18-105mm a good upgrade from kit lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by babytweety View Post
    Wow! That cheap meh?? I thought its at $200+ range. Btw, I'm using D5100
    that's the old af-D 50mm 1.8D not G lens..

    hmm it cant af on your 5100 unless u dont mind mf
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    I have not tried using MF yet. I think i will buy the G lens. I will get this prime lens first, then the zoomer lens. Thank you all for your comments and recommendations.

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    Good luck on your purchase. Rem to compare the price around
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