18-200vr or 70-300vr?

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D80 + 'kit' lens -(which I find quite acceptable- shoting with RAW).

Which of the above 2 lenses would you advise? I shoot a few portraits but would like to get more into wildlife/birds. I could afford both, but with retirement looming I want the best value for money! In the UK the 18-200vr now has a discounted price for £549.00; the 70-300vr is £339.00.
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Richard
 
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For a walkaround shoot it all kind of lens, the 18-200 rocks. If your looking for birds the 70-300 is not enough, well its just almost enough but not quite. I really like my 70-300 but it seems I always am looking for a bit more when looking for birds and wildlife. I would say get the 18-200 first.
 
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Get both is my advice. My bird pictures are HERE taken with the 70-300VR.

I use the 18-200VR as a walkaround lens and travel lens.
 
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Gaye,
Those are some truly awesome shots. Well done

Gale,
I was told in another thread that using a 70-300VR with a TC was not a good idea. Have you by chance used such a combination and if so, what did you think of the results?

Thanks
 
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Totally different lenses, so unless you are a predominantly 'wide' or 'tele' sort of individual, you need both . . . .
 
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Get the 70-300, like Frederic said. You already have the 18-135 and if you are happy with that then the 70-300 will make a good match for it. The over lap just means you won't have to switch lenses as often. And for the difference you can always add a 50 1.8 for some speed.
 
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Neil,
I will take it out and try it today and get back to you on the 70-300VR with the tc:>))
 
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This was taken zoomed all the way with no tc.
Processed raw with nikon capture 4.4.2
Lighten a tad and sharpen capture
No other processing except to size for web. They are the full sized image from camera. No crops
Same for both images.
Without tc
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With tc
View attachment 93524

Hope this helps... the were shot a a long distance...
 
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Neil M.

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Gale,
This is immensely helpful. Thank you for taking the time to do this. Now, can you tell me the specific TC that I should look for, or does Kenko only make the one?
Thanks
 
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Neil
Kenko Pro 300 DG
for Nikon AF

Personally I would not use the 2x though. To much image degredation.

Do not get a tamron, did not work for me at all
 
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D80 + 'kit' lens -(which I find quite acceptable- shoting with RAW).

Which of the above 2 lenses would you advise? I shoot a few portraits but would like to get more into wildlife/birds. I could afford both, but with retirement looming I want the best value for money! In the UK the 18-200vr now has a discounted price for £549.00; the 70-300vr is £339.00.
Thanks
Richard
Thanks everyone for the help; much appreciated.
Yours, Richard
 
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I believe you can us the tc on the 18-200 as well

Just for kicks and giggles I going to try it on my 24-120 VR...hahahahha
This should be interesting
 
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lol
TC on the 24-120 VR
Not sure why one would. But gives a bit more length if you are just shlepin around with the 24-120 for the day and need a tad more reach
170mm Says NC4.4.2:>)))
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Neil M.

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Gale,
Thanks again for the help and guidance.

rtjstevens,
Sorry if I high-jacked your thread.
 
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