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Smarter Purchase

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by epraion62, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. epraion62


    May 9, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    Currently I have thw 18-55 VR kit lens and 50 1.8. I find my self looking for more zoom option. What would be a better purchase, 18-200 VR or 70-300 VR. I'm leaning towards 18-200 VR just because its a more convenient walk around lens but having the 18-55 and 50, 70-300 VR seems more practical. TIA for opinions and help.:smile:
  2. The more flexible purchase would be the 18-200, but the better purchase would be the 70-300.
  3. I started with the 18-70 and 70-300 (non VR)
    bought an 85 1.5 (fav lens, but seldom used)
    bought a 28-200 (but it just won't handle low light)
    bought 70-200 (sigma)

    Looking really really hard at Sigma 18-200 OS and will probably sell the 18-70, will sell the 28-200, might sell the 70-300. Can't replace the 85mm, and the 70-200 is awesome. But too often, I find myself needing to go from 18 back to 200 more frequently then I want.
  4. Have you considered the 55-200VR? It's the perfect complement to the 18-55VR... lightweight, low cost, and a very good performer. But don't let me talke you out of the 70-300VR. It's a cut above the 55-200 (and 18-200)... a terrific lens and a great value.
  5. epraion62


    May 9, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    I did try 55-200 vr but was not happy with it. I did try the 70-300 non vr and liked it but I was missing the lower end. That's the reason why I'm leaning towards 18-200 vr for the convenience.
  6. FM Bob

    FM Bob

    Sep 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    I think the 18-200mm VR gets a lot of bad rap ... I have it along with a slew of other Nikkors and I like it for general walk around shots. Here is a small group of photos, nothing special, taken last week, all with the 18-200mm VR. I think it does a very nice job.

  7. weiran


    Jan 2, 2007
    Nottingham, UK
    Any reason you didn't like the 55-200VR? In it's range it has the same picture quality as the 70-300VR, and is definitely better than both the older ED and G 70-300 lenses (which were both pretty average).

    Unless you need the extra 100mm of the 70-300VR, which IMO isn't that great anyway as it gets fairly soft between 200-300, the 55-200VR is a great buy and will out-perform the overpriced 18-200mm.
  8. do you need 18-70mm more than 200-300mm ?
    only you know the answer and then the decision becomes easy
    both the 18-200 and 70-300 are good lenses
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  10. EssieK

    EssieK Guest

    I got the 18-200 Sigma OS HSM. Stays on 95% of the time. Only thing I might want to swap it around with is a Sigma 30 f/1.4 HSM (which I haven't bought yet, but will in a week or two)
  11. bradNYC


    Mar 28, 2008
    I think it all depends if you are really a 1 lens guy or a 2. That makes the difference bet. carrying just a camera and carrying a camera and BAG.
  12. Right now, the 70-200 is my most used lens :) 
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  14. Do you think you would shoot with two lenses? Alot of people think they will but then the inconvenience in the field proves to outweigh the benefits. Also, do you plan on upgrading the 18-55mm VR any time soon?

    Depending on how you answered these questions, the 18-200mm may be your last lens. At the same time, the 70-300mm VR would likely compliment whatever your upgraded normal zoom ends up being. In my estimation, the 18-70mm and 70-300mm VR may be the best 2-lens consumer-zoom combo out there. The 18-55mm VR and 70-300mm VR would compliment each other nearly as well... the deciding factor really should be what your primary normal zoom will be (whether it needs to be complimented by a telephoto) and how likely you are to shoot with two lenses in practical situations.
  15. JusPlainCrayzee

    JusPlainCrayzee Administrator Administrator

    I have all the lenses you refer to, and the one that stays on my camera the most is the 18-200 VR. For me, I can't beat the flexibility it gives me for not having to swap lenses out in the field.

    It's a hard decision, I know...good luck!
  16. MMarz


    Sep 15, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    With a thin selection in lenses, I would suggest you go for the 55-200VR.. It's a perfect match for your current lens. Why opt for your next to have full overlap on what you have now? You're adding reach, but not too much more. Now, if you're going to sell the 18-55VR then I see the sense other wise, build around it, don't duplicate it.
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