18-55 or 18-105

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KarlisB
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18-55 or 18-105
Dec 14, 2013

Hi, i'm new in photography and i need an experts advice. I've chosen Nikon D3200 DSLR to buy. It comes with two different kit lenses: 18-55 or 18-105. So, the question is - witch one?

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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Nikon D3200
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In reply to KarlisB, Dec 15, 2013

18-105.  Covers most situations and it'll keep you from longing for another lens for awhile.  I started with the 18-55 and immediately felt it wasn't long enough.

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In reply to KarlisB, Dec 15, 2013

KarlisB wrote:

Hi, i'm new in photography and i need an experts advice. I've chosen Nikon D3200 DSLR to buy. It comes with two different kit lenses: 18-55 or 18-105. So, the question is - witch one?

Hi,

Definitely 18-105 as u r new it will be difficult for u to change lenses often.

Your main objective is to capture the moment, time is crucial in photography. So, it would be a better option if you go for 18-105.

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In reply to SamitBRC, Dec 15, 2013

Agree with previous posters. 18-105 seems a better solution, even more if you plan occasionaly to shoot sports and portraiture. In the end, it is up to what you want to photograph - ask yourself that question first, than second choose a proper lens.
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In reply to KarlisB, Dec 15, 2013

The 18-105 for sure. I have had one on a D90 body and now on a D7100. The difference in resolution between the D90 and D7100 is noticeable with the 18-105. People knock this lens because it is a "kit" lens and has a lot of "plastic" in it - BUT - I have this lens for about 4 1/2 years on both bodies and it works well. People knock it because of CA and distortion - BUT - I only shoot jpeg fine and you can just correct for both in the setup menu of the 7100. Bob L.

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In reply to KarlisB, Dec 15, 2013

get the 105.  It is both sharper and usefully longer.

Even better (for most of us) would be the 16-85:  the wider front end is more useful indoors than the difference on the long end.

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In reply to KarlisB, Dec 28, 2013

Thanx everyone for answers

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In reply to KarlisB, 11 months ago

KarlisB wrote:

Hi, i'm new in photography and i need an experts advice. I've chosen Nikon D3200 DSLR to buy. It comes with two different kit lenses: 18-55 or 18-105. So, the question is - witch one?

I bought the 18-105 with the D3200: it's a good lens and a great size, gets most things while not being intrusive for photographs or huge to carry around. It's specially useful not to have to change lenses because I am in Christchurch, New Zealand, and lots of my pictures are being taken in a very dusty environment (13,000 earthquakes over three years have reduced  large parts  of the central  city to rubble and most of what's still standing is being demolished because it's dangerous). Even at home a few kms away, the dust is noticeable, and will be for years. I have had the camera and lens for over a year and have had no issues with it. It suits me well right now. The 24MP  with 105mm means I can get some very clean longer range shots of details that aren't otherwise accessible in this environment where many sites are cordoned.

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