LLD Strikes !!!

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by JayR, Nov 1, 2005.

  1. JayR

    JayR

    385
    Jul 6, 2005
    Redmond, WA.
    I have been looking into wide zooms for my lens arsenal for a while and was quite confused with so many choices (Sigma 10-20, Tokina 12-24, Nikkor 12-24 etc..) I read through the Nikonians article and narrowed it down to either the Nikkor or the Tokina 12-24.

    It was really tempting when I came across a mint Nikon 12-24 which was collecting dust in someone's bag and it was not much more than a new Tokina 12-24 (including shipping charges).

    I couldn't resist and gave in to LLD. :biggrin: I should have it by tomorrow and hopefully will give it a good workout in Disneyland this weekend.

    After using the Tamron 28-75 for a while, I have decided that I will stick with Nikkors. The Tamron is pretty sharp but while perusing through my images, I found that I prefer my 18-70DX images to the Tamron for some reason. I do not have any explanation for this but the Tamron images seem kinda flat in comparison. I still regret selling the 18-70DX.:frown:

    Now that I have the Nikkor 50 1.8, 12-24 and the 70-200VR, I have already started thinking about the 28-70 2.8 AFS or the new 18-200 AFS VR. Does this ever end?:confused:

    I am seriously contemplating getting the new 18-200 AFS VR lens. The MTF figures on Nikon's site look pretty promising and if it atleast as good as the 18-70DX, I will probably just get the 18-200 and be done with LLD (for a while:tongue: )

    Regards,
     
  2. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Jay,

    I too sold my 18-70 (came with the D70), because I usually shoot much more telephoto. I soon regretted my decision, and bought another. The deal cost me about $35, but I don't regret it. I am also contemplating the 18-200VR. I'll wait until it has gotten into the hands of a few Cafe members to see how they like it, but if it is as good as it looks on paper, I'll probably get one.

    You can buy my 18-70 then. :biggrin:
     
  3. Yes I am interested in the 18-200 VR. If I get it I guess I will put up my 24-120VR for sale. The 18-200VR would be a great all-around lens and probably be on my camera a fair amount of the time. Or not, I like my "Beast" too!
     
  4. Frank and Mark,

    I want to get my hands on the 18-200 too. I think it will be a great all around lens but Mark I wouldn't sell the 12-120VR until you know how the 18-200 does. The 24-120 is a nice lens too.
     
  5. Catz->No I probably won't sell it even though I say I will. I struggle with letting camera equipment go.

    My goal->Get a D200 late next year and then D70s will be back-up camera and camera for my wife to use and keep 24-120VR on the D70s for her to use. Well, it is a goal anyway.

    This 18-200 VR does look promising and I am curious how well the VR will work with this lens - and with the 2 different settings. Does Nikon already have existing lenses with the Second Generation VR that is supposed to be incorporated into this lens? Maybe the 70-200VR or others?
     
  6. this is the first lens with VR-II, which offers 4 stops advantage instead of 3
     
  7. Excellent! I cannot wait. Thanks.
     
  8. Mark, it would be hard for me to give up my lenses as well. I have too much LLD going against me. I need to find another hobby that is cheaper...lol...
     
  9. JayR

    JayR

    385
    Jul 6, 2005
    Redmond, WA.
    I just got back from a trip to Disneyland. From my experience switching between the 12-24 and 28-75, I think the 18-200 would be the perfect solution if it performs decently. VR would have also helped a lot.

    Frank - I too was thinking of picking up another 18-70 but decided to wait for the 18-200. The Nikon MTF charts seem to suggest comparable/better performance to the 18-70. I will just wait.:wink:
     
  10. how are you liking the 12-24 so far? This has become a favorite lens of mine. sold my original (and I think it fell off the roof of the buyers car-yikes!) and turned around and bought another. Let's see, I paid 1150.00 for the first one, sold it for 750.00 turned around and paid 1200.00 for the second one. If I was not so fickle I would have money for another lens.
     
  11. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Jay, I don't blame you a bit. :smile:
     
  12. Yes, the 18-200 does look like....

    a very interesting lens. The one thing that will be tough, even with VR, is low light action of course. I normally shoot with my 120-200 2.8 on my D2H and my 18-70 on my D70. I could certainly consider selling the 18-70 if the 18-200 pans out. Or I could keep the 120-300 on the D2H, put the 70-200 f2.8 VR on the D200 I just ordered, put the 18-200 on the D70 and really be covered, or I could buy 2 or 3 D200's, sell the D70 and the D2H and be really balanced with the same combo........oh-oh, I think I am in SERIOUS difficulty now.......:eek: :eek: :tongue: :cool:
     
  13. I hope the 18-200 is a good lens. Yesterday, I carried around 4 lenses with me on a 5.5 mile hike. I only used 2 lenses, the 12-24 and 28-70. The 18-200 would have been very nice and I could have packed a whole lighter.
     
  14. JayR

    JayR

    385
    Jul 6, 2005
    Redmond, WA.
    NAS at its best. I had to read it twice to figure out all the options and I still am not sure I get them. You need help.:biggrin:
     
  15. JayR

    JayR

    385
    Jul 6, 2005
    Redmond, WA.
    Precisely the reason I am interested in the 18-200. For vacation photography purposes, it is probably the only lens I would need. Ofcourse, it might not perform well in low light situations BUT living in the PNW we always go to places where we have a chance to see the sun.:smile:
     
  16. WOw Mark, over 5 miles with all of those lenses is incredible weight. I couldn't carry that much. I guess I'm just a weak female.:smile:
     
  17. You are quite correct, and every time I look, I find at least 3 other possibilities. I sure wish that Nikon would just go back to sleep and not release anything for a year or 12. That way we could all just sit around, complain, stew and never have to be faced with actually making a decision.......:wink:

    The reality is, I am happily on the list for a D200. If the AF turns out to be closer to the D2H than the D70, I just might find myself with a pair of D200's. I am pretty sure that the D70 will go "on the block" once the D200 arrives, if nothing else that will make the control set much more in tune with my D2H.

    I sure would like the 18-200 to be f2.8 though, or 1.8, or 1.4, or 1.0......ah.....dream-on.........
     
  18. Hi Bill,

    It would be nice that the lense was 1.4 but then again, it would be a lot more expensive. This way it is affordable.
     
  19. No, no, NO, this IS Lens Lust after all. I am still waiting for that 1-1000mm f1.0 that Nikon promised me last year, I'm SURE i read that from somebody's cousin's favorite uncle's 3rd removed from the friend of your gardeners neighbor. I have also heard, from the same source, that this lens will weigh no more than 13 ounces and only cost 999.99, USD if I remember correctly.

    Or, of course, this could be nothing but a pipe dream......:wink: or just the ravings of someone who needs more sleep..........
     
  20. JayR

    JayR

    385
    Jul 6, 2005
    Redmond, WA.
    Wake up Bill....

    You must be pretty excited about the D200. I am waiting to see user reports. I am particularly interested in the new MultiCam1000 AF module. If it is closer to the D70 than the D2 series, I will probably pass on the D200 and start saving for a D2X.
     
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