Which 2 lens kit from my D7000

Which 2 lens kit for my D7000?


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I'm looking at my lens kit for my D7000. I mostly use this camera for travel and snapshots. So, which of these two lens sets would you prefer and why? Thanks for playing.

A) Nikon 10-24 & Nikon 18-200 VRII
B) Nikon 16-85 & Nikon 70-300
 
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Patrick,

With my DX gear I'm using it mostly for travel and snapshots at family events. For the snapshots, either the 16-85 or 18-200 would work, but it seems like the 16-85 is a much better lens. When traveling, it depends on the destination whether I'd want wide or long. I have travelled with the D7000 pair with the 18-200 I do like it (basically it's a P&S, albeit a large one) but it's not wide enough all the time. Again the 70-300 is better and longer than the 18-200, but the also larger and slightly heavier. Thus my question.
 
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If 16mm is wide enough for you, then I personally think that the 16-85/70-300 combo is the answer. If it's not, I'd probably be inclined to add a UWA to the 16-85/70-300 combo.
 
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You left off 10-24 and 70-300 as choices, so I went with 16-85 and 70-300. I've never shot with the 18-200, but from what I have read it is not on par with the 16-85 and 70-300. Another thought could be the 10-24 and 55-300 DX since you wouldn't need the 70-300 on your FX cameras.
 
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I vote for 16-85, 70-300 combo just because you cover pretty much the entire range (for a DX anyways, unless you shoot really wide)

If I had the choice to start over again, I'd get Tokina 11-16, Nikon 17-55, and either the new Tamron 70-300 VC USD or Nikon 70-300 VR.
 
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Looking at your sig budget isn't a problem. Use your 16-35 and pickup a 24-120 f/4VR. If you must go wider than 16 get the 10-24 and 24-120. I can't see a person with your inventory being satisfied with a slow 18-200 or 70-300! GH
 
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My experience: What ever lens I have on the camera at the time, it's the wrong one. When travelling, you don't want abunch of extra baggage. I recommend the 18-200 and you probably won't have to take if off your camera once you put it on.
 
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I'm creating a similar kit, except with some 3rd party lenses. Here are my choices:

* Sigma 10-20. It's as wide as any, and cheaper than the Nikon version.
* Tamron 17-50. It's as sharp as the Nikon 17-55...at half the price and a third the cost.
* Sigma 30 1.4. Sharp copies make the 35 1.8 look like crap. It's also muuuuch cheaper than the Nikon 35 1.4.
* Nikon 70-300VR. It's the best in class in this focal range.

But if you insist on a two-lens kit, skip the 18-200. It does just about everything OK...but nothing really well.
 
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I use a 16-85 with 70-300 VR as a light kit with my D300s. It's a great set up, with both lenses producing good sharp pics. I had an 18-200 a while ago and didn't get on with it at all. Maybe I had a bad copy, but image quality was very dissapointing.
 
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Looking at your sig budget isn't a problem. Use your 16-35 and pickup a 24-120 f/4VR. If you must go wider than 16 get the 10-24 and 24-120. I can't see a person with your inventory being satisfied with a slow 18-200 or 70-300! GH
The focus of this kit is very good quality in a small(er) package. The 16-35 and 24-120 are probably too big for my use in this case. I'm slowly migrating from my two D700s to a D3s and a D7000 set-up. Right now, I'm thinking I'll either go large (D3s with 2.8 zooms or 1.4 primes) or small (D7000 and mid speed DX zooms). The 18-200 isn't bad, it's just a little bit too long on the wide end. I suspect I could live with just the 16-85, but as you can see I like options :)
 
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My experience: What ever lens I have on the camera at the time, it's the wrong one. When travelling, you don't want abunch of extra baggage. I recommend the 18-200 and you probably won't have to take if off your camera once you put it on.
So true. As I said in a post above, I really like the 18-200. It's just not wide enough for me and that's what got me looking at alternatives (either adding a UWA or rethinking my DX set-up).
 
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I voted B, but the best option would be the 3-lens kit: 10-24 + 16-85 + 70-300... Just skip the 18-200, it will show its weakness on the 16 MP sensor!

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Mike
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I voted 16-85 & 70-300VR. This is perfect range and if you ever need to go wider someday, an 11-16 addition would fit in nicely.

11-16
16-85
70-300
 
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I would say carry the 16-85 on the camera and vary the second lens depending whether you want to shoot wide or tele.

My grab kit is a Crumpler 6 Million Dollar home with either a D7000 or D2x with the Nikon 16-85 mounted. The camera sits in the center area. In the right rear is a Nikon 12-24. In the right front is a Sto-Fen Omni Bounce with a Nikon 35 f1.8 sitting on it. In the left rear is my Nikon 70-300 VR. In the left front is an SB600. In the bottom of the center section under the camera & lens is a 77mm CPL and a step ring for the 67mm lenses.

Not too heavy a kit but covers the bases pretty well.
 
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I bought mine with 18/105, added the 35 1.8 and 60 2.8 N. I prefer the two primes. I will use the zoom for wide or long or just use the 12/24 for wide.
 
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