FX equivalent to the 18-200mm?

Started Dec 4, 2012 | Discussions thread
Bjorn_L Veteran Member • Posts: 5,770
Re: FX equivalent to the 18-200mm?

chester0711 wrote:

Just picked up a D700 and I am in the process of changing out a few lenses. I will selling off the 18-200mm and looking for another lens that could fill it's place on a full frame body. Any thoughts? Hoping to get something in the same price range but realize the FX lenses can be a bit pricey.

Currently have a 50mm 1.8 (probably upgrade to a 1.4) and an 85mm 1.8

I don't really need the length of a 70-300 and would rather it be a lens that covers some wide and tele.

Congrats on the fine camera.  The FX equivalent is the Nikon 28-300vr or the Tamron 28-300vc. The Nikon is better but much heavier and more expensive.

But putting a 28-300vr on a d700 is selling the camera short.  I suggest you get the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 (older version without a BIM (built in motor) or the Nikon 24-120 vr f/4 (not the older 24-120 f3.5-5.6).  The Tamron has close to the same image quality of the Nikon 24-70 f2.8.  Obviously the Nikon is better, but used the Tamron costs around 1/5th to 1/6th the price and is very good.  You give up some build quality and weather sealing to get the Tamron, but the 28-75 is excellent optically, light weight, and very compact.  Another option is the newer Tamron 24-70 f2.8 VC.... slightly more useful FL than the older version, plus it is stabilized and has some weather sealing.

Any of these three is a much better choice as your main lens.  Other good options include the NIkon 24-85 vr f3.5-5.6, Nikon 24-85d f2.8-4 and Sigma 24-70 f2.8.

Then add the Nikon 70-300vr.  The thing is all of these are alot better in the overlapping ranges when compared to both the 28-300 VR & VC.  The Nikon 28-300vr is better than the 18-200, so I am not saying it sucks.  I am saying you can do a lot better.

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