Question on 18-200 VR (I)

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Question on 18-200 VR (I)
Aug 14, 2012

Please excuse my ignorance about Nikon system since I am a Canon user. My father is using a D5100 and he has expressed his desire to get a 18-200 lens vs. the 18-55 + 55-300 combo that he has now.

Of course the best choice is the VR II version but at $850 it is pretty steep for a casual shooter; as a result I am looking at the used market. The VR I version can be had for under $500 and I am wondering if it is still a good performer in terms of value?

There are also the third party lenses. The Tamron 18-200 f3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD can be had for $250 now but it doesn't have VR. The Sigma equivalent costs twice as much as the Tamron.

Thank you in advance for your help.
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