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RottyM Registered since 22nd Feb 2006Mon 27-Feb-06 07:18 PM
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"Which lens is the better purchase"


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28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF Zoom-Nikkor or 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor. I purchased the 28-200 because it was my favorite lens before my N90 got stolen.... I have 10 days to return this lens if Im not satisfied but I know I wont be able to use it much.. and so can someone post some pics and experiences? your thoughts? thank you in advance.

  

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jasoninak Registered since 24th Jan 2006Mon 27-Feb-06 07:36 PM
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Dale City, US
          

I don't own either lens, nor have used either one, so take this for what it's worth!

From all the opinions and reviews I've read, the 55-200 is "okay", and focuses slowly considering its (supposedly wrongly given) AF-S designation. Everyone seems to think the 28-200 is a gem of a lens. Personally, I'd stick with what you have, but that's just my inexperienced opinion!

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avm247 Moderator Awarded for high skills in documentary architecture and aviation photography Charter MemberMon 27-Feb-06 07:44 PM
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Rotty,

Welcome to Nikonians! Have you checked out the Nikkor Forum?

There is a review on the 28-200G lens here in our Resources. This test was done using a D100.

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RottyM Registered since 22nd Feb 2006Mon 27-Feb-06 08:00 PM
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Herndon, US
          

oh yeah! I've checked out the review and it sounds great.. just wanted to get some opinions, maybe someone could give me a good comparison on both lenses. Seems like 55-200 DX doesn't have much going for it except for it's AF-S which is already a questionable feature.

  

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James23p Moderator Awarded for his wide variety of skills, a true generalist both in film and digital photography Nikonian since 25th Apr 2004Wed 16-Jan-08 01:16 PM
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Memphis, US
          

Rotty here are two pictures I took with the 55-200 indoors with my SB-600. I like the 28-200 its a great lens but the 55-200 is pretty good for the money, I get nice shots and the AF-S is not as fast as full ring version but still faster than screw driven lens.

Shot one: Hand held, 200mm focal length, shutter a slow 125(done on purpose), f5.6(wide open at 200), ISO 200, SB-600(non bounce), camera setting vivid and cropped by about 40%. All in all not bad for the settings.

Shot two: Hand held, 200mm focal lenght, shutter 250, f5.6(wide open again), ISO 200, SB-600(bounce), camera setting vivid and cropped around 35-40%.

All in all these are not optimal settings yet I think the 55-200 did okay. I wanted to shoot outside but its kind windy I was having trouble hand holding and not getting camera shake. Plus these are greatly reduced from the full jpeg and with some post processing may even be better. I need to buy Capture so I can shoot more in Raw.

Just food for thought. Jim

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edmun Registered since 16th Sep 2003Tue 28-Feb-06 01:14 AM
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eugene, US
          

If I had to make that choice. I would keep the 28-200.

Neither lens is fast focusing but the range of the 28-200 means less lens changing and there fore less dust.

However I would go try 55-200 before making a final choice.

I have the lens but it is not one of my favorites. It is sharp but focus is slow.

ledmun

  

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