Nikon's NIKKOR DX lens lineup

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BlackMagic
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Nikon's NIKKOR DX lens lineup
May 17, 2012

I got a DX format Nikon camera as my first DSLR, and now I'm thinking about acquiring lenses. I'm a little curious about the choices in Nikon's lineup of DX lenses.

Excluding the specialist lenses -- the primes, fisheyes, and macros -- I would assume that Nikon would make a series of lenses that would complement each other.

The 18-200mm I understand is a one-size-fits-all lens that will give you a wide angle to moderate telephoto in one lens, so you don't have to swap it out.

Since the kit lens is 18-55mm, it makes sense that a bunch of their DX lenses start from 55mm on the low end, so you can get one lens from 18-55 and another from 55-200 or 55-300.

But what about the 18-70mm, or the 18-105mm? What is the thinking behind those? The focal length ranges don't seem to fit in very well with the other DX lenses.

Why is the 12-24mm ultrawide $300 more than the 10-24mm? They are both IF lenses, both with VR... the 12-24mm has a fixed max aperture of f/4 over the entire range, while the 10-24mm varies from f/3.5-4.5... is that it? The extra half a stop on the long end of the focal range is worth $300?

The $1500 17-55mm f/2.8 I can also understand by that same reasoning... fixed max aperture, pretty fast lens, so it's almost a fast prime over the entire range of focal lengths from moderate wideangle to portrait -- is that right? Ditto the 16-85mm f/3.5, which is obviously not quite as fast, and less than half the price?

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