Everything Broke I mean everything!

Feb 20, 2006
Port Orchard WA
Everything Broke I mean everything! Yes everything ,dropped my Nikon 18 to 55 cheep lens, my 38 to 80 4-5.6D Exposer is suck wide open old lens plastic , Sigma 70 to 300 D DL 4-5.6 D-200 exposure does not work right with it and my D200 Exposure metering seem to be off. Sent D200 in for repair to be checked over stuck with rest. Looked at new lens for a week Nikon low cost lens from 28 to 200 $250 to $700 wife got mad said why don’t you by two good lens an no more for a while. So here Is what I need help with Choice one 70 to 200 vr 2.8 will get this one for sure it someone could pleas post or tell me where to look at everyday photos of landscapes’ people and animals . And what would you all recommend for a wide angle from 17 to 70 range and photos with wit it to. Thank you very much for the help. Jim
Jan 24, 2007
Kelowna B.C. Canada
Ok..... that was difficult to read,

Check pbase.com for sample pics from lenses,
And do you really need the 70-200 VR? Its very expensive.
For Semi Wide the 18-70 f3.5-4.5 Kit lens is quite good, Then you could also later pick up a 12-24 (tokina or Nikon) if you need wider.
Mar 31, 2005
Toronto Canada
James, sentence structure rather than run-on-sentences makes it a LOT easier to figure out what you're saying, and asking.

The 70-200VR is an excellent top quality lens. You can find examples of it in all my folders at pbase. If you can swing the $$, the 17-55/2.8 is a top quality, very sharp lens as well. If you need further reach, you can add a Nikon 1.4 teleconverter which takes you up to 280mm without any significant loss of quality or drop in light. Hope this helps. This gives you a great package from 17 to 280mm with just two lenses (loss of 50-70mm range can be achieved with foot zooming :biggrin: ).
Jun 26, 2006
Douglasville, GA
17-55mm and 70-200mm VR are great suggestions... there are a ton of pros who carry this as their main zoom kit (and alot more w/ 28-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm VR).

That said, if the price tags scare you then there are very good options for alot less. One thing to consider is w/ a D200 AF on screw-drive lenses will be VERY fast... not AFS fast but still VERY fast. For this reason I'd strongly consider either the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 and/or Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8. As long as you get a good copy these are both VERY sharp lenses with great color rendetion and will both focus VERY quickly on your D200.

A lower cost alternative to the 70-200mm VR is the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX HSM. You lose VR but at around 1/3 the cost used and maintain HSM for that super-fast focus... and it's tack sharp. I actually replaced a 70-200mm VR w/ a Sigma 70-200mm for financial reasons and so far I've been very happy with the results... it's as sharp, weighs quite a bit less, and balances much better (easier to hand-hold, may offset VR somewhat).
For the price you'd pay for a new Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 ($1200) and 70-200mm f/2.8 VR ($1600) you could get a new Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 ($400), Tamron 28-70mm f/2.8 ($350), and Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM ($850) and keep around $1200 in your pocket. If you went to the used market you could get these three for around $350, $250, and $600 respectively. That's 3 great f/2.8 lenses for the price of JUST the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 new.

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