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18-200 vs 16-85, my considerations after comparison

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by slick2000, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. slick2000


    Apr 21, 2009
    Roma, ITALY
    Well, after reading every review and opinion on the net, 5 months ago I choose the 18-200, but without the chance to test none of them.

    For a couple of weeks I had the chance, thanks to my bro, to do a side by side comparison (and to put my hands on the D300),
    well .. the 16-85 is "better", I don't see any real flaw, real loss of sharpness on the borders, CA and other aberrations.

    The 18-200 has (well my copy has), unfortunately, a couple of annoying flaws: at 135mm is unusable, is freaking soft, and from time to time there are some abberrations that will pop-up from the monitor :eek: 
    look at the legs of the white table on the right (full size image)
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    look at the wooden box on the very right (full size image)
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    135mm softness (full image)
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    I can replicate whenever I want the softness at 135mm, and I have to avoid f5.6 to get those randoms aberrations.

    I won't post any side by side pic to compare the 18-200 with the 16-85 sorry :tongue:, please have a look at my Smugmug, the "Grottaferrata" gallery is done with the 16-85 and the 75-300, but you won't find an equivalent, in that gallery, with the 18-200.

    So, I would buy the 18-200 again ? Of course yes ...
    apart from those, occasional, flaws, the 18-200 is on par with the IQ, or at least negligeable worse, but once you get used with the range from 18 to 200, this is the perfect walk-around-turist lens ...

    well, that was my two cents :smile:

    cheers, Nik
  2. andrzejmakal


    Apr 30, 2008
    I don`t get it (due to my poor english...?).
    Are you happy with 18-200 or not?
  3. slick2000


    Apr 21, 2009
    Roma, ITALY
    yes, there are better lenses, but IMHO the 18-200 IS the DX most versatile lens, even if the IQ it's not top notch.

  4. gladjo

    gladjo Guest

    I lost my 18-200 a few weeks ago and I was thinking about a 16-85 but the difference was negligable and not worth missing a longer shot changing lenses. So I got me another 18-200. You are correct. It's the best walking around lense for me.
  5. zahidkm


    Jan 5, 2009
    Houston, TX
    how can you just lost a lens? thats a nightmare.
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