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Got a credit note. What would you buy?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Rui Lopes, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. Here's my dilemma:
    I've got a credit note for abt. US 400,00 to use buying new gear.
    My current gear is: D200 plus 35f/2, 20 and 28 2.8 Ais, 85 1.8, 18-200VR, 80-200 2.8, Kenko 1.4, SIGMA 10-20, Tokina 100 AT-X and Sb-600.
    I thought abt. the 70-300VR to use together with the 18-200 during trips (where I avoid to carry the 80-200) but with the Kenko TC that combo covers the same range...
    Other possible option: a good P&S as sometimes we loose pics because we left the good (and heavy) gear at home...
    What would you do? I'd like to know your opinions. Thanks

  2. 70-300VR would certainly be more portable than the 80-200. :smile:

    Two other things that come to mind:

    a) Nikon 10.5 mm fisheye
    b) Put it towards a good tripod.
  3. Thank you Gretchen. But, don't you think that the 70-300 would be almost the same than the 18-200VR attached to the Kenko 1.4?
  4. - tripod and ballhead (depending on what you get, the $400 will need backup funds!)
    - a 17-55mm (I'd sell the 20 and 28 2.8 lenses to help fund)

    Good luck with your decision!
  5. Thanks Jemaerca but I already own a good Manfrotto carbon tripod plus head...
    As for the 17-55, it would be a good idea... I'll think about it and ask my Bank whether they'd like to sponsor it.
  6. jeremyInMT

    jeremyInMT Guest

    Is a credit note like a loan? If it is, I sure wouldn't take out a loan to get a lens.
  7. Hi Rui. In a few hours we'll be heading out on vacation to the East coast of Maine and New Brunswick. I'm travelling light and will only be taking my 35/2, 18-200VR and 70-300VR. I have a tripod for landscapes/panoramas but it generally stays near the car.

    To the point; Although the 70-300VR obviously overlaps the 18-200VR by a considerable margin, I much prefer the 70-300VR because of the superior IQ. In fact, I only use the 18-200 when I need something wider than 70mm or when I only want to carry one lens (even then, when nature hiking I often only take the 70-300). The 70-300VR is light and a pleasure to carry. I can easily carry my whole kit including the 18-200, 70-300, 35/2, SB600, 500D closeup lens and polarizer in my Lowepro 200 slingbag.

    I certainly won't say the 70-300VR is better than the 80-200, but my experience is the 70-300 beats 18-200 for IQ in overlapping ranges.

    But in the end I think it all comes down to what/how you shoot.

    Good luck!

  8. The 70-300VR, without any TC, would give you a much better pic than the 18-200 with a TC. That lens was just not given to TC use. Side by side there would be no comparison. The 70-300VR is a Winner, without doubt!!

  9. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    I would say it
    the 70-300 is definetly not better than the 80-200

    and I'm not so sure its better than the 18-200, other than it goes to 300
  10. Rui Lopes,

    please accept some italian (genoese) humour: as somewhere else I already wrote this local proverb "If you don't know how to spend your money, don't worry, give it to me and i'll take gladly your problem on my shoulders"
  11. Hi Rui,

    joking aside, I'd go for a Tamron 17-50 F2.8 while selling the two fixed lenght lenses. I won't add another long lens to your list, unless you think to rationalize your whole line by selling something else.
  12. The 70-300VR might not be better than the 80-200, but riding on a raft in Alaska, recently, the 80-200 would not have done me any good, because it has no VR, and without the VR I would not have gotten such good eagle shots. But, the 70-300VR would definitely be better then the 18-200 with a tc, which is what I said before, if he was not carrying the 80-200. Example below


    Each lens has its purpose. IMHO

    cheers all
  13. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    you are right
    in your case, the added reach and VR probably saved your shot
    I must have missed that 18-200 with TC part, cause that is just crazy
    I have a 18-200 and it works in some cases, but each lens has its limitations
    neither lens is near the IQ of the 80-200
    thats all I'm saying

    sometimes the fast glass more than makes up for the VR
  14. If a bank note is a loan, then I would not buy anything. You're pretty well covered, no reason to go in debt for something you don't desperately need. If this was a cash gift, that's different.
  15. Credit Note

    No it's not a loan. A credit note is the document that a supplier issues whenever he accepts back (for some reason) goods he sold before. In my case, I bought a SIGMA 30mm 1.4 that I returned owing serious focus issues. So, as I already did the payment before I got the lense, one of the ways the supplier had to compensate me was the issuance of a credit note in my favour which I may discount in further purchases.

    BTW, thanks for all the help received. Maybe I'll order the 70-300.
  16. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    I thought you had a good idea when you said that rather than a lens, you were thinking about a digicam. If you are leaving your slr at home because of the bulk, then a pocketable camera would be a lot of fun.

    I had dinner Wednesday night with a friend who had a little camera. She came away with two dozen pictures, and I came away full.

    :Wink: You are just not dedicated enough Gretchen! :eek:  (no, really, yours is sound advice - I'm glad to see Rui's getting a replacement item!)
  17. Ha!! Bite your tongue! My CC, expiration AND security code are all memorized :) eek:) . 200/2?? Yeahh.............. :biggrin: :biggrin:

    I think the pictures you get with the 70-300 would be much better than 18-200 + TC. Pocket P&S is often fun to have too, or if you wanted to go off with DSLR and the wife/kids/friend wanted to head another direction with the P&S. :smile:
  18. Schnauzermom


    Apr 13, 2007
    Dang. I thought I was the only one who memorized all that....
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