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Trade 70-300VR for 18-200VR?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by avantix, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. avantix


    Dec 3, 2008
    Hey guys I am looking to trade a 70-300VR and $150 for an 18-200VR. My lens is like new and box included as well as receipt and his is like new NO box NO receipt but he is throwing in a UV filter, a circular filter and a second lens hood. I have to add $150 on top. The reason I want to trade is I would like to have a travel lens so I don't have to pack my 17-50 and another longer lens when I go on vacation plus I hardly ever use my 70-300. What do you guys think, is it a good deal? Keep in mind I paid $400 for my 70-300 so it would wind up costing $550 Canadian in the end.

  2. wgilles


    Apr 25, 2008
    I wouldn't do it. The 70-300 VR is a better lens than the 18-200 IMO. Sure you don't have wide angle, but just go pick up a cheap 18-55 or something, it'll cost you about the same (new as well) and it's a fine lens. I see you have a 17-50 2.8 Tamron, if it's too big to travel with, get the 18-55. I would keep the 70-300.

    And what the hell do you need 2 lens hoods for?
  3. I wouldn't go for this either

    If you don't want to carry 2 lens on vacation, then just take the 17-50 only

    Personally, I don't think that carrying a 17-50 and 70-300 would be a problem - when on vacation, I sometimes know that I won't need the longer zoom - and leave it in the hotel room safe for the day

    money wise, I think he is getting the much better end of the deal
  4. wgilles


    Apr 25, 2008
    It was just a suggestion as an alternative to the 18-200 trade. I wouldn't trade the 70-300 for the 18-200.

    Paul has a good point about just taking the 17-50 on vacation. I've taken my 18-200 on vacation and never went past 85mm.
  5. avantix


    Dec 3, 2008
    Thanks guys for helping me make up my mind. I am deeply in love with my Tammy and I think you're right, I would never need more than 50mm really and the odd time that I do I can always crop. I would hate to take 500 pictures and come back with corner softness and lackluster picture quality especially since I am used to stellar IQ from my Tamron that I doubt the 18-200 can reproduce not to mention it's a much slower lens.

    We are heading to Greece for 3weeks amd was debating whether or not to bring my 70-300 but in any case since I am already bringing a small Lowepro 200 bag it's not like it will take up extra space anyway.
  6. RedTownCats


    Jun 23, 2007
    Just looking at the prices here in the UK -- I'd forgotten just how much the 18-200 now sells for.

    If you want something a little smaller and lighter for travel, why not add a 55-200vr? (keeping the 70-300)

    ...and go with the 17-50.
  7. Varmint


    Apr 21, 2009
    Boston, MA
    The 18-200 certainly works well as a travel lens, but I'd rather pack 2 sharper lenses than take just the 18-200. I'm going to sell mine for that reason.

    The only time I've been putting the 70-300 on is for wildlife, although I recently used it for a soccer game and the results were great.
  8. Have you considered carrying your 17-50 and a T.C for a little more reach? I have tried my Tamron 1.4 Pro T.C. with the 17-50 Tamron with fairly good results.
  9. avantix


    Dec 3, 2008
    Hmmmmmmm never thought about that. Do you lose any IQ and I am assuming I get 1.4x the focal range?
  10. Tim W

    Tim W

    Mar 10, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    I agree with the others - don't do it. My 18-200 was a dog towards the long end with very low contrast. Couldn't stand the thing. Convenient, yes, but no point in getting a whole bunch of so-so shots IMHO.
  11. I guess I don't get how you would not go over 50mm on a vacation. Unless your vacation is in a cave!! If I were you, I would wait until the new 18-200VR comes out, and get the old VRI non-creepy switch version for a fair amount less. It is a very nice lens if you get a sharp copy imho
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