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Trade 70-300VR for 18-200VR?

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

  1. avantix

    avantix

    32
    Dec 3, 2008
    Montreal
    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.

    Thanks
     
  2. wgilles

    wgilles

    Apr 25, 2008
    NJ
    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

    wgilles

    Apr 25, 2008
    NJ
    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

    avantix

    32
    Dec 3, 2008
    Montreal
    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

    RedTownCats

    314
    Jun 23, 2007
    UK
    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

    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

    avantix

    32
    Dec 3, 2008
    Montreal
    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

    704
    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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