Lens Advice Please

Started Feb 20, 2007 | Discussions
cmvsm Veteran Member • Posts: 4,717
Lens Advice Please

ASIDE from the 18-135 and 18-200VR, can anyone recommend a very nice all around lens with similar reach? It doesn't have to be Nikon, could be Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, etc., but does anyone know of or have experience with a lens that falls somewhere between these two price points that they can recommend?

Thanks!
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lorloff New Member • Posts: 1
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The 28-200 nikon is probably your best bet for a general all-around lense.

creeker Senior Member • Posts: 1,450
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Yes, I agree, with the 28-200mm. along with a Nikon 12-24mm or Tokina 12-24mm to get out wide. You'd be covered good.
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OP cmvsm Veteran Member • Posts: 4,717
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Thanks for the replies. I am having a hard time justifying the $800 purchase of the 18-200VR for what you are getting, and its a mixed bag on the 18-135, which seems to be a good deal for $300-$400.

I've read some great reviews on the 24-200, but does anyone have some real world samples to view?

Thanks again!
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lucky pierre Contributing Member • Posts: 649
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What do you mean by "mixed bag" in reference to the 18-135?

daniel99 Forum Member • Posts: 52
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I bought the Sigma 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 before my trip to Hawaii and it never left my camera. It has a very useful zoom range, is light and small, and quite sharp throughout its range. Great walk-around lens for about $325.
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kuma37 Regular Member • Posts: 130
Sigma 17-70 MACRO

I have following lenses (in purchase order)

Nikkor Ai AF 35mm F2D
Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC (sold)
Nikkor AF-S DX VR Zoom Nikkor ED 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO
Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 (A09)
Nikkor Ai AF 50mm F1.8D
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 MACRO
Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG/HSM

I had been using VR 18-200mm as my default lense.
But, soon after I purchased and found the IQ of
Sigma 17-70mm, my default lis this lense.

I am using it for around 80% of my shooting.

OP cmvsm Veteran Member • Posts: 4,717
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lucky pierre wrote:

What do you mean by "mixed bag" in reference to the 18-135?

I mean that most reviews state that its an extremely sharp lens by any standard, but there is some tradeoffs in terms of heavy barrel distortion or high pin cushioning at every stage of focus. The 18-200VR has the highest amount of barrel distortion at 18mm that Photozone has ever tested, but it does settle down at the mid and high end of the zoom. For an $800 plus lens, I thought that the degree was a bit unacceptable. The 18-135 can be had for less than $300, so its flaws are a little more "acceptable".

However, I'm looking for the wide and the midrange all in one for anywhere between $300 and $600 max. The Nikon 24-200 seems to be a very good lens for the money.

Any other suggestions?

OP cmvsm Veteran Member • Posts: 4,717
Re: Sigma 17-70 MACRO

kuma37 wrote:

I had been using VR 18-200mm as my default lense.
But, soon after I purchased and found the IQ of
Sigma 17-70mm, my default lis this lense.

I would imaging that the Sigma IQ is not too far away from my Nikon 18-70. If I'm going to switch, I'd like to keep the IQ that I have at least in this lens, but extend the reach a bit so I don't have to keep switching lenses and missing shots.
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yatesd Contributing Member • Posts: 865
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Every lens has some sort of issues. The 18-135 is a tremendous value for the money.

http://www.popphoto.com/cameralenses/3304/lens-test-nikon-18-135mm-f35-56g-dx-af-s.html

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/993/cat/13

I personally wouldn't want to give up the wide angle of the 18mm.

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Doug

OP cmvsm Veteran Member • Posts: 4,717
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Thanks for the photogear link Doug, it definately put the 18-135 in a little better perspective for me. I agree, the 18mm would be hard to give up, despite the distortions, which really are less than my 18-70 at 18mm. I just thought about that.
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