Dead 18-200. With what should I replace it?

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Dead 18-200. With what should I replace it?
Apr 24, 2013

Nikon have just reported that my Nikon 18-200 requires £300 worth repairs. That’s half the cost of buying a new one, so a repair doesn’t really make sense for a 7 year old lens, particularly as most of the working parts will have to be replaced.

The question is, with what should I replace it? I recently bought a 70-300 Nikon so I don’t need a reasonable quality long lens for normal purposes. I do need something for walk around activities – ie my planned rail tour of Scotland in June, when I will be backpacking. I will either be using my D40 or D5100 bodies. The options seem to be: New Nikon 18-200. Weighs 560 gm. Expensive - approx £600 New Nikon 55-200. When added to my 18-55 they weigh 600 gm. approx £280 Sigma 18-200 – heavy, about 650 gm. The shop (London Camera Exchange) says it isn’t very good. Tamron 18-270 (the shop’s recommendation). Only weighs about 450 gm. Cost, with new filters added, approx £410. Can anyone advise if the Tamron will give image quality anywhere near what I am used to from my old 18-200? Would using the 18-55/55-200 combination give me IQ so much better than the Tamron that the lens changing would be worth while?

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