18-200 or 70-300 VR with D7100?

Started Apr 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
harpo95993 Regular Member • Posts: 102
Re: Tough call

mosswings wrote:

harpo95993 wrote:

The Nikon Outlet store has refurbished 70-300s for $299 right now.

Not that one...that's the much older "D" version without the AF-S motor and inferior optics.

We're talking about the "G" version.

The 18-200 is an OK lens but not the best compromise for this camera.  The best pairing would be either a 16-85 + 70-300 or an 18-105 + 70-300, the latter being $200 cheaper.  With either the 16-85 or 18-105, you will not have the 70-300 mounted much unless you are into deep telephoto.

Beyond these options you start talking faster, shorter zooms and 3rd party offerings.  For example, the Sigma 17-70 f2.8-f4.0 "C" ($500) and 70-300G is 2/3 stop faster than the 16-85 in their common FL range, but is starting to get a bit short on the tele end.  It's always good to have some overlap between lenses because no lens is at its best at the extremes of its FL range.

Actually it's the latest version.

http://shop.nikonusa.com/store/nikonusa/en_US/pd/ThemeID.27720500/productID.213464000

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