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Anyone know of a good alternative to the Nikon 18-200 VR, or is it so good it's worth the wait?
Mainly shooting kids portraits with a D70, although looking to upgrade to a D200. Current lenses are cheap and all need replacing!
Cheers - shan't be around for a couple of hours as we're now off to have a baby scan, will return this afternoon.
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I don't know of an alternative but I can vouch for the quality of this lens. I bought it to use as a general purpose lens to replace the 18-70, I wanted it so I could lighten my bag for day to day use. So far I have been very pleased with the results, I used it at a friend's wedding at the weekend and the image quality is excellent.
I take it that, range aside, the 18-200 can still be classed as a step up in image quality from the 18-70 ? Or is it fair to say they are compariable and the 200 just has the further reach and VR. I am a D50 user looking to replace the kit 18-55 lens. Was debating either the 18-70 or saving for the 18-200.
The 18-70 is a good kit lens but the 18-200VR is much better in every respect. I know people don't like Ken Rockwell, but if you ignore the hype his review is actually pretty useful. Like him or not, he (claims to) buys all his own kit and seems to say straight out if he doesn't like something.
I have the Sigma 18-200mm DC on my Canon 30D and am more than pleased with it - ok it doesn't have the VR but then it doesn't have the high price and long wait - if you can have a try of one in a shop - do - you might be pleasently surprised
I did ponder over buying the 18-200 but Instead I opted to keep my 18-70 and buy a second hand sigma 70-200 2.8.
It depends upon your priorities. I wanted the ability to minimise the kit I need to take at certain times and this lens gives me that. I have no intention of getting rid of my 70-200VR, which I use as a specialist lens for wildlife and motorsport.
Thanks for your replies - I have now returned from the baby scan. Apparently the grey blob in the middle of the screen really is a baby!
My main priority is for portraits, mostly in the studio, occasionally out on location. Don't want to keep chopping and changing lenses during the shoot, so looking for a decent mid-range zoom. Up til now have mainly been using a Nikon 28-100G, but it jumped off the window sill the other day.
Already have a Sigma 18-50, Nikon 50 f1.8, and a Nikon 70-300G (which will be used as a paperweight!).
Looking also to buy Sigma 10-20mm and a Sigma 105 macro, so something to compliment this lot.
Congratulations on the blob Tony. :0)
Ken Rockwell has some advice on getting one! BTW - he loves his...
I bought a Nikon 18-200 recently and have mixed feelings about it. It seems to give very good results if you stop it down to at least f8. If it is used at max aperture the results are very disappointing. It is easy in the heat of the moment, especially if you are worrying about other things such as flash setup, to screw up and get poor results. I recently took a load of portraits, the first half of which were at max aperture and they are rubbish, whilst other photos at f8 are very good. I intend to keep it for when I want an all rounder on say a hiking trip but will use better lenses the rest of the time.
I'm still ambivilent about mine too, it's reasonable, saves carrying two lenses, so fine for travel, but I'm not that impressed given the cost.
If you are mainly doing kids portraits, go for a couple of primes 50mm f1.4 or 1.8 & 85mm f1.8.
Sharper and faster than the zoom, allowing you to to really throw the background out of focus.
I second Cambirder... get a 50 and 85mm. you'll be stunned!!!
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