Lens for family vacation

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I've already got a good collection of prime lens from f1.4-f2.8, but want one lens to carry on my D100 for vacations. I've come down to two models.
-Sigma APO 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC HSM
-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

I know the 50-150 is a faster lens but doesn't have the range of the 18-200, so which way to go?? Would the 50-150 be good enough for an all purpose one only lens to carry around?
 
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IMO your 30 is perfect. If it must be a zoom, your 18-50. No need for more and no need to buy a special lens.
 
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go with the 18/200, I bought it for a trip to europe and was going to sell it the minute i got back, I still have it. I thought it was too slow to suit me, but it worked very well for an all in one lens. I did take a 50MM1.8 for interior shots, museums and such.
 
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i'd recommend the 18-200 VR as well

i took a tokina 12-24 also but used the 18-200 90% of the time while i was in the uk
 
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18-200 is a definite!

then...

if budget allows and you want a little more telephoto, add the 70-300VR!!

Both are great. The 70-300VR is, in my opinion, the lowest priced stellar lens Nikon has introduced in a long time!
 
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Its a difficult question. As for me when i go on vacation i find that most of my shots were done in the 18-135 range. I rarely need the reach of 150-200. So it really boils down to the type of shots you like to do. For me it is usually landscape and some candid shots.

Actually the 18-200 is a versatile lens thats perfect for this type of things but looking at your list, i feel there is no need. In fact if anything, go for the second option of Sigma 50-150 and coupled with the 18-50, youre all set for a great vacation. But if you only plan to take one lens, then i am afraid nothing beats the 18-200VR.
 
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As John just said.....the 18-200VR is the best all-around-walk-around lens, and the 70-300VR is a BEAUTY (my personal favorite)
 
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I travel with a Promaster (Tamron rebadge) 28-300 f/3.5-6.3. It's a little slow but surprisingly sharp. I don't miss the wide end at all but I also don't travel to Europe either... and my wife doesn't like it when I carry more than the camera and one lens, lens changes take away from shopping time i guess, lol. I'm really interested to see Tamron's new 28-300mm w/ their equivalent of VR hit the market... if it hits under $500 there's a good chance I'll grab one.

Since you have a 18-50mm I'd strongly consider the 15-150mm f/2.8 and carry both. You can always leave one or the other in your hotel/hostel/tent/tp/igloo if you know it won't see use that particular day
 
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I do love my 18-200 but am finding I am starting to rely more and more on my 12-24 and 50mm prime. If Nikon could design a 24-80 at the same size and IQ as my WA, I would be ecstatic!
 

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