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Old 08-30-2012, 12:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone use a Nikon 18-200?

Just checking around to see if anyone uses this lense. Been looking at it for a while and am about to drop the 650 or so for a refurbished one, i think they're 850 new. Later in life i will have my 70-200 2.8 but i figured for now just for novice stuff this would hold me over since currenly i dont have a low zoom lense, lowest i have is my 35mm 1.8.

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Old 08-30-2012, 12:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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are you getting it just to have a zoom or for the 200mm focal length? if you just want a nice zoom tamron makes a beautiful 17-50 1:2.8 that I used for a long time.
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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are you getting it just to have a zoom or for the 200mm focal length? if you just want a nice zoom tamron makes a beautiful 17-50 1:2.8 that I used for a long time.
Well i mostly wanted it for the low end zoom, the 18mm side. I already have a cheapy nikon 55-200 that i use. Though i figured if i could get one lense to go from 18-200 it would be easier to take around. Yes i know usually the more a lense does, the less it does one thing well.

And i'll look into that tamaron, i've just been beat over the head so much lately to buy only nikon stuff, and stay away from 3rd party. I'd love to buy only 2.8 nikon lenses but those are way out of my price range for just amature stuff.
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Forget Tamron; if you want that range, the 18-200mm AF-S Nikkor is a better lens. I used to own one when I had a DX camera. I ditched it on account of distortion but it was sharp and fast.
Same. I had one a little over three years ago I believe. If you shot anything with horizontal or vertical lines in the pic you would notice some pretty heavy distortion across all focal lengths, much more pronounced when shooting wide, I found. Both barrel and pincushion. Had some zoom creep, not a huge deal in my books. At about the mid range, 105-135mm I found it soft, pushed out to its max it got sharp again.

Some things caught my eye with the lens when I first looked at it, which is why I bought it. Metal mount as opposed to plastic, and mine had a rubber seal around the mount which helps a little with dust/moisture. Internal focus, I like pedal hoods over bayonet hoods. The focal length I thought would be super useful, but after finding distortion while shooting wide, softness while in the middle...I ended up using the lens basically pushed out all the time.

That was probably close to 4 years ago, and the first one I had I brought back and swapped with another which had the same problems. Sold it a few months later. I'd check some newer reviews if you can, see if Nikon has fixed some of these issues. If they did, I may contemplate buying a new one again.
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have heard the 18-200 is very soft at 18 millimeters....but I haven't ever used one.

Just chiming that in.
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It's a very nice lens, and I've owned 2 copies of it. It is not, however, worth the money. The "Kit" 18-105 lens will give you a lot more mileage for the dollar. If you need something longer, let me know. I have a 70-300 (Non VR), but the better quality one that we could work a deal on!
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