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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-30-2009, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Debating between new lens

I'm going to new york in a few weeks and i need lens that can zoom further than 55mm I've been looking at the Nikon 18mm - 135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX which is the kit lens for the D80 or 90. It costs about 300 which is pretty affordable and has the ability to zoom up to 135mm which is great. The other lens i was looking at is the Nikon 55mm - 200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX it costs about 175 and zooms further than the other lens but I don't know if I want to keep changing lens, I know it isn't hard to do but it's one less lens I have to carry with me. I want to know what you guys think.

Also what site do you guys buy lens from?


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Re: Debating between new lens

What camera is this going on? It's not really easy to find a cheaper long zoom lens. You might also want to take a look at what Sigma and Tamron have to offer
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Re: Debating between new lens

whats your price range?


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Re: Debating between new lens

Probably no more than 500. How about the Sigma 18mm - 200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS (Optical Stabilizer) HSM Autofocus Aspherical Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras? Any one have any Sigma lens? These lens cost about 400


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Re: Debating between new lens

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Probably no more than 500. How about the Sigma 18mm - 200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS (Optical Stabilizer) HSM Autofocus Aspherical Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras? Any one have any Sigma lens? These lens cost about 400
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Sigma lenses aren't bad. Most people would never notice the difference - they just don't tend to be built to quite the level of the Nikkor lenses. And more to the point, they don't carry the name. That lens would certainly solve the needs posted.
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It depends on just what exactly you want. If you don't want lens changes and don't mind sacraficing quality, then one of the superzoom lenses is just fine. The Sigma is pretty well rated and a good price. The problem is, the longer the zoom range the worse the image quality, no exceptions. The super zooms are at the bottom of the barrel for zoom quality, though admitedly better then say a point and shoot.

The 55-200 is a halfway decent lens, certainly better quality then the super zooms. So its a bit up to you if you would rather do the occasional lens change, spend less and get better quality, or just have a single walk around lens...and then why did you get a dSLR as the quality isn't that much higher then a P&S at that point?
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Re: Debating between new lens

for going around town in new york, you'll basically want a really good walk around lens. the 18-135 sounds like your best option, but it is a kit and you get what you paid for. also, it's your standard speed lens, as opposed to something faster, like an f/2.8.

it sounds like a decent walkaround lens would be your priority, mostly because you don't wanna spend so much time switching lenses, but you might struggle with low-light situations. also something to consider is if any of these lenses have vr or not.
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Re: Debating between new lens

Thanks for the feedback guys, I'm not going around town in NY. I'm going to the SCCA event at Watkins Glen which is a circuit track so I need something better than 55mm for zoom.


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Re: Debating between new lens

A prime would do you just fine, like a 135mm f/2.8 or a 200/2.8. Of course both would be just a bit more expensive. The 55-200 is probably your best bet then in terms of cost and performance.
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Re: Debating between new lens

I was in the same position that you are a couple of weeks ago.

As always I only follow reviews from cameralabs.com and after seeing their reviews I decided to go with the 55-200mm VR

take a look at them and see if it helps you decide:

18-55mm; 18-70mm; 18-135mm; 18-200mm video tour
http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Ni...st/page7.shtml

55-200mm video tour
http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Ni...o_review.shtml
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