Hi, I have a D70s and plan to buy a D5100 in July. I have, among several others, a Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II. My question, most likely stupid, is should I just buy a D5100 body or a kit with either an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR or a AF-S DX ED 18 - 105 mm f/3.5? Thanks in advance for your help. Have a great day.
Welcome to Nikonians! Since you don't list your other lenses and the Equipment tab in your User Profile is blank we need more information. Are you planning on continueing to use your D70S along with the D5100? Is the D5100 replacing your D70S? If all of your other lenses are AF-S type, they will all work perfectly on the D5100. If you have any AF or AF-D lenses, the D5100 will provide metering but No AF. Are you looking for something smaller and lighter than your 18-200mm? Usually there is a discount on the lens when you buy a kit but not always. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
The only advantages I could see from getting the D5100 with one of the kit lenses is that you'd have a smaller and lighter lens than your 18-200, but with less zoom range. I have an 18-200 I use a lot, but have an old 18-55 I still use sometimes when I don't need the whole zoom range and want something smaller. Also, on many cameras (don't know about the D5100 specifically), at 18mm if you use the on-camera flash the 18-200 will cast a shadow at the bottom of your photo, but the smaller 18-55 won't.
I keep my 18-55 because it wouldn't be worth much to sell it, and I do use it a bit. But if it broke, I wouldn't be in a hurry to get another one. I can't say much about the 18-105, as I've never used one.
So, I could see an argument for getting the kit lens, especially the 18-55 if you sometimes would want something smaller than your 18-200. But, I probably would just get the body unless the kit lens was only a few additional dollars.
Thanks guys for your quick replies. I'm not keeping the D70s. I'm trading it in to get 20% off the D5100. In addition to the 18-200mm I also have a Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED and a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED.