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Which len Sigma 50-150 or nikon 18-200?


Sandgrouse e2
8 407 1 United Kingdom
21 May 2009 8:33PM
I recently broke another lens, leaving me only with my 10-20 sigma. I mainly take landscape and general everyday shots and use a Nikon D80. I donít really want to spend more than £550(ish) and this is realistically the only lens i will be able to afford to buy for the next year.

I was thinking about the Nikon 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 G AF-S DX VR Lens or the Sigma 50-150mm f2.8 EX DC II HSM Lens.

My concerns are that the 18-200 may not be fast and not sure how sharp it will be at 200, my concerns about the 50-150 are how much i may miss the 20-50 range.

I would like people views on which would be the best lens for me, if anyone has either len how do you rate it or is there another lens which will be better for me.

Thanks, looks like it may be a good sunset so heading to my local loch.

Cheers Rick

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scottishphototours 10 2.6k 2 Scotland
21 May 2009 9:14PM
Have seen lots of good press for the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 - have no experience of it or the others you mention though...
G73photography 8 417 15 United Kingdom
21 May 2009 9:36PM
i have the 50-150, got it from focus in jan for about 430, its a good lens, but think it wouldnt really suit your needs due to the range, the f2.8 is fast and feels solid but heavy, tamron do a 18-270 mm lens if thats any better , G
21 May 2009 9:37PM
A firm favourite of mine now for general use Nikons newish 16-85

Less costly 18-70 something of a "mistake" by Nikon..??! offered some time back as a 'kit' lens with D70 and D50 and actually has proven to be damned good...(now my daughter has nicked it...)

...and for the upper end..

A dark horse from Sigma 70-300
Used to use this some time back, surprisingly good quality feel and excellent performance quite frankly, belies its price..
Sezz e2
9 617 15 England
21 May 2009 9:46PM
I agree with Kevin, the Nikkor 16-85 VR is an excellent lens, sharper in my opinion than the 18-200 VR. The 18-200 has had a bit of bad press lately but I have to say I have had no problem with mine and find it a good versatile lens.

S Smile
Sandgrouse e2
8 407 1 United Kingdom
21 May 2009 11:00PM
Cheers for the comments any more views?
dcash29 9 2.0k England
21 May 2009 11:49PM
I had a bit of a play with a mates D300+ the nikon lens seems very good to me and focuses easily in low light
FatHandedChap 8 1.3k England
22 May 2009 9:12AM
I've got a 50-150, it's a great lens. Managed to find a second hand one for £300.

If I'm travelling light then I just take a 10-20 and the 50-150, can't say I miss the 20-50 range - just means a bit of walking!
wamp 8 276 8 England
22 May 2009 11:47AM

Quote:My concerns are that the 18-200 may not be fast and not sure how sharp it will be at 200


Like Sarah, I've had no issues with mine at all. It been a great lens and the range is great. I've only used this lens as my main lens (landscapes excluded) for the last couple of years and I've never had an issue once with it. The VR comes in quite handy too.


Quote:20-50 range - just means a bit of walking


Only if there's space to walk backwards far enough to get what you want in the shot! Wink

The 150-200 however, doesn't seem a lot, but certainly very handy.

Cheers, Sean
Sandgrouse e2
8 407 1 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 11:22PM
Thanks for all the comments, going to go for the 18-200

Cheers Rick
strawman 11 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 11:31PM
Ok my 2p, of the 3 people I know who have the 18-200, two had to send it back within 6 months, and they no longer have it. One the dealer gave a cash refund on as it and camera went back for the 3rd time, the other was sold, but only after a battle to get Nikon to repair it.

Both think the 18-70 kit lens and 70-300 Vr lens from Nikon are better.

the 3rd person still uses it, but only when they are travelling light.

I would look at other Nikon lenses before that one. Optically the 18-200 did not look that special, but then super zooms are never going to be the best. Its not a disaster, but when you look at the price you have to wonder.
Melcatfish 8 39
23 May 2009 3:36PM

Quote:Ok my 2p, of the 3 people I know who have the 18-200, two had to send it back within 6 months, and they no longer have it. One the dealer gave a cash refund on as it and camera went back for the 3rd time, the other was sold, but only after a battle to get Nikon to repair it.

Both think the 18-70 kit lens and 70-300 Vr lens from Nikon are better.

the 3rd person still uses it, but only when they are travelling light.

I would look at other Nikon lenses before that one. Optically the 18-200 did not look that special, but then super zooms are never going to be the best. Its not a disaster, but when you look at the price you have to wonder.



Just reading this, I hope that the one I bought this morning is from the good batch!

Mel
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riprap007 10 1.6k 37 England
23 May 2009 4:57PM
If you treat the 18-200 as an 18 - 180 then it is fine, makes for a good travel lens

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