18 200 General use lens ?
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    18 200 General use lens ?

    by Dug » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:20 pm

    I have a friend who is a quite basic amateur photographer who is looking for a single walk round lens for her nikon D5100

    She bought the twin lens outfit because it was cheap and now finds changing and carrying 2 lenses a nuisance.

    Does anyone have any experience with the Tamron or Sigma 18 200 I do you think the VR function is going to be hugely important to her and there is a noticeable quality drop ?

    Most of her photos will just go on facebook and possibly an occasional 8x10 print.

    She is fairly price conscious in her buying habits :lol:
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    by Busiboy » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:15 am

    I can't inform on the Nikon or Canon, but I know the Olympus version while 'handy' is rubbish and slow on the long end.

    I can't imagine a super zoom producing stellar results throughout, but for someone wanting happy snaps it might not be a bad alternative if quality isn't an issue. Lets face it most shoot on full auto so they aren't going to be able to squeeze the best out of the lenses regardless.
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    by Mo » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:57 am

    I have a D300 and a Nikkor 18-200 - it is a great walk about lens. A huge improvement on the kit lenses. I rarely use it now as I have bought much faster glass, but used it extensively before, including a trip to India.

    I do not know about the 3rd party lenses.
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    by Dug » Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:01 am

    Are you interested in selling it ? :D
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    by Mo » Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:03 am

    ooohh, thought about it, haven't used it for a year, but cannot quite do it... as it IS a handy lens... maybe if I don't use it for another year....
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    by Dug » Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:19 am

    :D no prob Cheers :D
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    by Mo » Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:21 am

    It is really hard to know whether to sell or not, I also have a 70-300 which since buying the 70-200 is never used... but...
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    by gerry » Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:44 am

    The 18-200 is a great lens imo (i have the nikon version - first one) it was teh first lens I got and it does just whats advertised, a good all rounder, you don't get f2.8 quality but you get convenience and in alot of cases that means getting the frame rather than nothing. If you work it in its sweet spot its great.

    Being on a budget getting one new is prolly outta the question, they are a bit pricey, however there are always lots of them on ebay as people upgrade.

    VR, i would say is essential for this lens.

    I would interested in peoples experience with the tamron or sigma versions
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    by Remorhaz » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:43 pm

    I have the Nikon 18-200 (the newer VRII version) and as Gerry mentioned it is a great all round lens and remarkably sharp (esp stopped down) for such a wide focal range. Not fast and thats why I've switched to better glass so I don't use the 18-200 anymore (it's on my old D90). As above I also have a similar problem with my 70-300 now I've got the 70-200.

    I've also used the Tamron 18-270 (the older one) and it was also remarkably good (not as well built or feeling as the Nikon but probably as sharp) - I've a friend who has the newer version of the Tamron 18-270 as well. Another friend has the Sigma on her Canon (sigh!! :)) - I don't think it is as good.
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    by Darren » Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:18 pm

    I used the Nikon 18-200 for several years (actually still do on my backup D80), and it would be perfect for your friend as a walk about lens. The only drawback in my opinion would be indoor use (without a decent flash) as it is reasonably slow. Outdoors it is surprisingly good given the range of the lens.

    Also, go for the later version if you can, as it has a zoom lock to stop the "zoom creep" whilst walking (a real pain).

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    by heartyfisher » Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:31 am

    I have the nikon 18-200 .. its a nice lense for walkabout. The old tamron 18-270 was reputed to be similar in optical performance some say it was better some say the nikon was better However the new tamron 18-270 PZD is supposed to be significantly better than the old 18-270. its much lighter and smaller(62mm filters!) and more responsive. If I were in the market today for a 18-2XX i would probably go for the new tamron.
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    by Banjo » Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:27 pm

    G'day Dug,
    I have not got the 18 200, but finished up with the 18 105. I remember you suggested l buy one of the two.
    Down the track l will be looking for another lens, but happy with the 18 105 at present. If a 18 200 were to come up for sale ......... ???

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    by Big Pix » Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:49 pm

    I have the early version of the 18-200 Nikor....... use it as my walk about happy snap lens and it is just good for this sort of photography.......
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