Is the 16-85 and 70-300vr the ultimate DX setup?

Started Jun 16, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Shunda77 Senior Member • Posts: 2,132
Is the 16-85 and 70-300vr the ultimate DX setup?

I've had my D5100 & 18-55 + 55-200 kit for a while now, and while I love it, I am finding the focal length cut offs with these lenses more and more irritating.

I am not sure if that is due to my use of superzoom bridge cams in the past, or simply what I like to shoot (landscapes/nature, usually at short notice and in a "walk around" context).

The 'all in one' 18-200 zooms are not really an option for me as they aren't quite wide enough (I am used to at least 24mm equivalent and use it frequently) and I am concerned about image quality compromises to some extent.

It seems one compelling option would be the 16-85vr as a good walk around landscapes/nature lens, and then the 70-300vr for telephoto.

I know the 70-300 wasn't designed for the D5100, but does this really matter? are there any problems with using this lens on the budget Nikon bodies?

I would be really interested in any advice or experience others may have had with these lenses.

I am glad I went with a DSLR, but I feel the experience isn't quite where I want it to be just yet and I am stating to miss my bridge cam!

Any help or comment would be much appreciated.

Nikon D5100
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