Good "travel zoom" for Nikon DX Cameras?

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2yota Regular Member • Posts: 114
Re: Good "travel zoom" for Nikon DX Cameras?

embie wrote:

Labe wrote:

I got the 18-200VR and tamron 70-300 ( not the el cheapo one)

The 18-200mm VR won't feed the bulldog on a 21 Megapixels (D500) camera.


I actually really like the 18-140 for travel.  Image quality comes out pretty darn close to my 16-80.  The 18-140 is noticeably lighter too which would be a huge plus if carrying around all day.  And it's way cheaper than a 16-80 lens so even if it gets banged around a bit or damaged, you're in it for a lot less to start.  That's the lens I usually pair with my D7500 for my travels.

No one seems to like the 18-200 VR for today's modern camera's.  The build quality of this lens is actually quite solid.  Much closer to the build of the 16-80 lens whereas the 18-140 reflects a slightly "cheaper" build.  When I'm pixel peeping, the 18-140 is a little sharper than the 18-200 in the centre.  But for everyday shots, I wouldn't even know which lens was which.  Having said that, it's still hard for me to recommend the 18-200 knowing that the 18-140 can be had for equal or lesser cost.  So there's my vote.

Just for the heck of it, here's a shot I massaged out of my 18-200 VR2:

Nikon 18-200mm VR2 with Z50

 2yota's gear list:2yota's gear list
Nikon Coolpix A Nikon Coolpix P340 Nikon D7500 Nikon Z50 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR +11 more
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