Hi guys I need your opinion on this matter, currently Im using D90 with the kit lens. However I do find that the zoom is abit limited hence I am thinking of upgrading to a 18-200. Can you guys tell me the pros and cons of the lens?
if distance is a problem, you can consider the 55-300mm. brand new is less than 500 I think. at least then it doesnt overlap the 18-55 that you are having now or is yours the 18-105 (cannot remember which is d90's kit) or a 2nd hand 55-200 which is about 200 2nd hand?
IMO if you take the 18-200mm, or any of the other kit lens, there's no real compromise in IQ & you have the greater range you desire. But you have to accept distortions at both ends that is quite normal for lens of these ranges; if you can't accept this, then its a no no. I've taken thousands of shots with this lens & its IQ still surprises, in addition to its versatility, macro included (maybe I'm lucky to have a sharp copy). If cost no object, IQ more important, lens change no problem, then can go for the combo as was mentioned..
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personally i feel that if you are planning to take most of your shots indoors, the 18-200 might be a little bit of a problem. however, for outdoor shooting in nice and bright daylight, the 18-200 is a very :thumbsup: lens.
For me, I have this lens for more than 2 years & its still with me even if I have other lens, so this speaks for itself :thumbsup: But you have to decide for yourself as expectations, requirements etc differ. Best you go actually try it out yourself first...
If you've got budget for the Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 VRII then ditch any plans of getting a cheaper alternative. I once owned this lens but sold it off after I converted to faster FX lenses. I was very impressed with the VR performance of the lens, and at 200mm, you will need really steady hands to pull of decent shots especially when lighting is not ample.
Sorry that I might have wrong perception... But what's your prefered focal length? If you are not going to print it at large; and if it's not too far from your expected focal length, I would suggest you to crop the photo instead of upgrading the lens.
Somehow I think D90's 12.3MP allow you to play with it if you are just a casual shooter.
Or course, if you have the bullet... just go ahead and get the 18-200. Despite the IQ (which I find it's reasonable after sharpening on screen), it's a very convenient lens.