Which zoom lens are best for the buck?

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Hi guys,

I currently have 35 f/1.8 and 85 f/1.8 prime and a Tamron 90 macro, and I want to add a zoom lens to my collections. I want primary to use it for landscape and animals (birds, insects, etc...). Can you please suggest which ones I should get and the pros and cons of these lens?
 
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best bang for your buck for landscape and wildlife I'd say is a used 70-300VR. can be had for $350. Next would be the 55-300VR and 55-200VR.
 
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I just picked up a 70-300VR, and couldn't agree more. Though if you want wide-angle landscape shots it won't be very helpful.
 
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Agree with above. The Nikon 55-200VR for about $225.00+ new, maybe about $160.00 refurbish. Just bought one at Staples for $229.00 new, minus $$ I had with rewards coupons....net about $175.00 new USA.

I also have been seeing many positive reviews on the new Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 SP Di VC USD XLD. Perhaps as good or better than the Nikon compatible.

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cybercops.. what body are you shooting with? Try the Nikon 28-105. I found it 'good' for landscapes and the macro 1:2 feature can be quite handy for small insects and bugs. Overall, it's a good, light, and affordable lens.
 
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Ditto Joseph's suggestion.. otherwise, try a combo of the older 18-70 (best bang for buck of pretty much any Nikkor lens IMO) + the 70-300VR. Perfect all around combo.
 
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I also concur regarding the 18-70/70-300 VR combo. In fact that would make a nice DX travel kit!

Wifey has the same two lenses for her D40x, can't really be beat on price/quality. Covers pretty much anything for general shooting and doesn't take up much space.
 
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I am sorry for not telling you the body I shoot with. I have a D300. I am looking to buying a good lens, regardless of the brand.
 
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The all in one superzooms are a compromise for the benefit of the range. It really comes down to if they are acceptable compromises to you or not.
 
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From what I read, the compromises are (compared to prime) sharpness and focus speed right? Is there anything else that I should be worried about when making decisions about these superzoom?
 
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No lens does zoom and macro well. I like my 18/70 and 18/105 VR and my 18/135. Do not ask how I acquired all. none do macro well, 18/135 has a lot of distortion

I prefer primes almost always and is what I carry, 12/24 35 1.8 60 2.8N for DX, 35 shift lens, 60 2.8 N, 105 2.8 Micro VR for FX

There does not seem to be good short primes for DX, so I did the 12/24 years ago.
 

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