The only thing I dislike about the Nikon D5200 are the plastic mount lenses...

Started May 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
DavidPonting
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Re: The only thing I dislike about the Nikon D5200 are the plastic mount lenses...
In reply to Smiller4128, May 16, 2013

Smiller4128 wrote:

I'm loving my D5200, but have recently read about the 18-105mm lens I have for it being a plastic mount and subsequently a lot of people seem to have broken theirs at one point or another. Now I'm scared to death to use it! So I began looking at some other options for lenses with a metal mount and it seems Canon makes you invest quite a bit of money for a medium zoom lens with metal
Mounts. The first lens up is the AF-S 24-85mm at $600, then the 16-85mm at $630, and an 18-200mm at $800, and finally the 17-55mm at $1300...I only wish there were more options for less money like Canon seems to have, but I suppose it is what it is.

At least one of those "Canon"s should read Nikon...

You can get a refurbished/secondhand 24-85 non-VR for very little, and a secondhand 16-85 for I would expect (not being in the US) $400ish, or the very sharp, but non-VR 18-70 for about the same as the old 24-85 (£150-£200 here).

Others will comment on mount durability, but I can add that I've taken a 28-200G, with a plastic mount, mountaineering for a couple of years and not broken it yet, despite the occasional clash with a boulder!

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