18-200vr or 70-300vr?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by rtjstevens, May 2, 2007.

  1. 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
     
  2. snownow

    snownow

    627
    Jul 13, 2006
    so cal
    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.
     
  3. GeeJay

    GeeJay

    Jan 26, 2005
    Florida
    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.
     
  4. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    70-300 VR
    You can use a kenko 1.4 tc on it
     
  5. Neil M.

    Neil M. Guest

    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
     
  6. iJeff

    iJeff

    122
    Nov 22, 2006
    Singapore
    Very nice shots, Gaye :smile:
     
  7. jfrancis

    jfrancis

    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    Totally different lenses, so unless you are a predominantly 'wide' or 'tele' sort of individual, you need both . . . .
     
  8. bozola

    bozola

    Feb 28, 2006
    Seattle WA
    Based on my sig.... both.. although with the 18-135.. the 70-300 is a nice complement.
     
  9. davidzvi

    davidzvi

    Apr 30, 2005
    Massachusetts
    David
    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.
     
  10. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Neil,
    I will take it out and try it today and get back to you on the 70-300VR with the tc:>))
     
  11. Neil M.

    Neil M. Guest

    Gale,

    Thanks you so much, you're awesome.
     
  12. If you can , get both. I like both of mine , but I don't do wildlife or sports , so I use the 18-200 more often.
     
  13. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    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
    78154075.

    With tc
    View attachment 93524

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

    Neil M. Guest

    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
     
  15. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    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
     
  16. Thanks

    Thanks everyone for the help; much appreciated.
    Yours, Richard
     
  17. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    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
     
  18. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    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:>)))
    78161523.
     
  19. Neil M.

    Neil M. Guest

    Gale,
    Thanks again for the help and guidance.

    rtjstevens,
    Sorry if I high-jacked your thread.
     
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