Hi all, Need your help in finding the mid range zoom (if I am using the term right)? So here is what I have; D50 + 18-55 mm kit lens. I really like this lens but here is the issue;
1. I don't want to keep on switching lenses all the time and need an all rounder that can give me some abilities for zooming. Mostly for nature and portraits on vacations. I am not looking for deep field action/sports photography.
2. Because I am looking for an allrounder, so size does matter. Small lens will be very preferable.
3. Some options are Nikon 18-200mm (great package, but availability issues, expensive and mixed reviews), Nikon 18-135 (smaller package, costs around $400, and need your opinion what your thoughts are about this) and I think there is also a Sigma 18-125 but I didn't get a chance to read the reviews. These are not all the choices and I know that there are lots other lenses out there and I would really really appreciate of I can get some feedback to pick one.
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I think the 18-135 is very promising(35mm 27-200appox) I really am looking at this lens plus the 70-300 AF-S VR but to be truthful I really want the 70-300 first the 18-55 is a very good lens and I will put up with the switching to get the best quality and I think the 18-55 plus the 70-300 is a winner and if the 18-135 is awsome then I will get it later(maybe with the D80 attached)
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New Orleans, US
I purchased the Sigma 18-200 lens for the exact same reason - I wanted one all around lens with a good zoom. When it's at full wide angle, it's pretty compact and I believe only weighs about 13 ounces.
It has excellent zoom capability (200mm = 11x optical zoom), and I've taken some very nice telephoto shots. I've only noticed the slightest bit of vignetting now and then, which is quite easily fixed in Photoshop.
It's small enough that I can keep it attached to the camera body (D50 in my case) while in the camera bag, and it also has a nice locking feature at full wide angle setting to avoid zoom creep, or just to keep it secure when travelling.
I believe I paid about $300 for it - excellent price for a great little lens
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Livermore, CA, US
With a price range of $800 and little need for a fast aperture in action/sports, I'd say the 18-200 VRII is probably the perfect lens. As far as reviews, I'd say build quality is the issue, not image quality, so unless you get a bad lens you should be fine. Personally I had one and it broke within 24 hours, so I'm naturally a little skeptical of the long-term durability of this lens.
The lenses already mentioned are very good options as well. If you don't find yourself on the wide end of the 18-55 too much you might consider the Nikkor 28-200mm. Also there are 18-200mm options from the 3rd party vendors for less money but without VR.
I'm eager to see how the new 18-135 stacks up agains the 18-70. I'm sure it will be an excellent lens but I'm a little baffled by Nikon creating yet another mid-range zoom in a lineup that has so many already.