18-300 to replace my 16-85 + 70-300 ? Please advise.

Started Sep 2, 2012 | Discussions thread
richardday Veteran Member • Posts: 7,972
My take on it

I have the 16-85VR and the 70-300VR and have used them extensively on my D300s and now my D5100. I've also had the Nikon 10-24 UW and during my time with Pentax used the Pentax version of the Tokina 12-24, a really excellent lens, very similar to the Nikon over the same FL's.

I've also used the Tamron 18-270 VC, which according to slrgear's tests show it to be very similar in many ways to the Nikon 18-300, a bit slower at the long end, but smaller, lighter and considerably cheaper, it also seems to have slightly less pronounced focus breathing at close distances. You can compare the slrgear test results here:

Tamron - http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1217/cat/23
Nikon - http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1525/cat/13

It was okay and certainly convenient, but nowhere near the two lens combination IQ wise.

My own view is that having a second body with the 16-85 on one and the 70-300 on the other is a significantly better solution IQ wise than using a superzoom and about as convenient.

I have no problem touting a second body when needed, but some may feel they look a bit to much like a PJ with two bodies at hand! Carrying a second body like the D5100 is not much more inconvenient than having a P&S at hand in your bag, it's also very good value at the moment.
Richard Day - 'Carpe Diem!'
Gloucester UK

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