Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR II DX

Started Feb 10, 2011 | Discussions thread
Kim Letkeman
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Re: Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR II DX

Peter v.d Werf wrote:

Of course, the 24-70 and other comparable -pro- lenses will be sharper, better built etc. But there are a lot more aspects to which lens someone should get, just look at some numbers:

16-35 f/4 : euro 899,-, 680grams
24-70 f/2.8: euro 1354,-, 900grams
70-200 f/2.8: euro 1809,-, 1540grams
total: euro 4062,- and 3120grams

18-200 f/3.5-5.6: euro 534,-, 565 grams

With a due respect, but that's like having somebody ask if a VW Golf is a good car and then say "I would never buy it, get a Porsche GT3 because it is much faster going 0-100km/h...."

An excellent analogy ... I wonder, though, if there is an analogy that could also factor in the exhaustion one would feel trucking those three or the holy trinity around for a full day of touring, versus the 18-200VR ...

I have used the 24-70 and 70-200 and I will definetely get them within the next years, just to get better results with more specific shots. But no way I am dragging 2,6 kilograms more weight when I go on holiday or daytrips:) Not to mention the other 3500 euros worth of detail:)

There is another option ...

I think you should compare the 18-200VR with lenses in the comparable zoom and priceclass. In that regard the 18-200VR is an excellent performer. My only other option would be the 16-85VR, but you loos the 85-200mm area. And from what I have seem from the various reviews, the 16-85VR isn't that much better in the overlapping area then the 18-200VR to compensate for the loss of zoom.

I have a D300 and 18-200VR, which is a decently small travel setup. But the last few trips I have carried the D700, Tammy 28-75 and Nikon 70-300VR along instead ... that is much heavier, yet nowhere near the weight of the holy trinity. I am torn ... but what I think I would lean towards for travel is trading the D300 for a D7000 (dropping weight and improving high ISO slightly) and then carrying the 18-200VR and perhaps an 85 1.8D or maybe the 105 2.5 AIS for the fun of capturing incredibly sharp images now and again ...

Hard to say what is the best option ... but the holy trinity is no travel combo unless the point of the travel is photography.

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