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mookwa Registered since 14th Mar 2012Wed 14-Mar-12 05:24 PM
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"D3100 lens advise/ 18-200"
Wed 14-Mar-12 05:31 PM by mookwa

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Hi

Can anyone tell me about their experiences with the Nikon AF-S DX 18-200 lens and if it works well with the D3100 body.

thanks

  

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master drago
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master drago Registered since 06th Feb 2012Wed 14-Mar-12 05:39 PM
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#1. "RE: D3100 lens advise/ 18-200"
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Wed 14-Mar-12 05:42 PM by master drago

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That lens is my most used lens. It stays on the D40 for instant use. I find it sharp, has quick focus response, has nice bokeh, has a nice macro capability and feels good in hand. The only downside is that if it is carried on the camera lens down, it wants to creep to the long end (200mm). I've fixed that with one of those rubber wrist bands fitted around the zoom ring. Also it is a good fit for your D3100 and will have full metering and auto focus function.

  

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Thu 15-Mar-12 05:09 AM
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#2. "RE: D3100 lens advise/ 18-200"
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Richmond, US
          

Have a look at this recent thread about the 18-200VR, including comments on its use with the D3100. (Yes it is fully compatible and works well.)

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mookwa Registered since 14th Mar 2012Fri 16-Mar-12 11:02 AM
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Thanks for that heap of information- I read the whole thread and I'm still undecided about buying the 18-200 @about $850. The D3100 is a good deal with the 18-55 and a bag for $400. (used but like new from a neighbor). I'm going to research a bit now on the 70x300. My wife would like to be able to take some nice wildlife shots at moderate distance and that was one reason the 18-200 with 11x was appealing over say a 55x300 5.5x, sold in a package with a D5100 @ about $1050.

  

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Floridian Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007Fri 16-Mar-12 02:01 PM
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>...My wife would like to be able to take
>some nice wildlife shots at moderate distance and that was one
>reason the 18-200 with 11x was appealing over say a 55x300
>5.5x, sold in a package with a D5100 @ about $1050.

If you want to shoot wildlife at moderate distance, the 55-300 would work much better than the 18-200. Not only is the 55-300 100mm longer, it also is sharper at the long end. I have both lenses and like them both, but the 55-300 is definitely better at the long end.

Randy

  

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JJOC Registered since 08th Jan 2012Fri 16-Mar-12 03:03 PM
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#5. "RE: D3100 lens advise/ 18-200"
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I have the 55-300 also. I was very pleased with the results
from our trip to Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. Plus
it is a reasonably priced lens. 

  

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mookwa Registered since 14th Mar 2012Fri 16-Mar-12 09:19 PM
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#7. "RE: D3100 lens advise/ 18-200"
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Thanks Marty, but what I still don't understand then is that the 55-300 is listed @ 5.5x and the 18-200 is @ 11.1x. My binocular/rifle scope brain tells me we'll get closer close-ups with the 18-200...........no?

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Fri 16-Mar-12 09:58 PM
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#8. "RE: D3100 lens advise/ 18-200"
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Hi Brian,

No!
You are comparing Magnification Factor to Zoom Factor.
Magnification Factor is based on the angle of view of the human eye that is about 50mm for a 35mm format camera. If you divide the maximum focal length by 50 you will have the Magnification Factor (MF).
A 200mm lens has a MF of 4X which means when looking through a 200mm lens the subject will appear to be 4 Times closer than you would see with your eye alone.
A 300mm lens has a MF of 6X (300/50 = 6) . With a 300mm lens the subject will appear
6 times closer or larger than you would see with your eye alone.
Again the longer the focal length, the higher the magnification.
To this we can add the 1.5X crop factor of a DX body further increasing the MF but for simplicity I will disregard it for now.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Fri 16-Mar-12 10:11 PM
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#9. "RE: D3100 lens advise/ 18-200"
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Hi Brian,

Just to add that at focal lengths smaller (wider) than 50mm the Angle of View or Field of View will get wider as the focal length gets smaller therfore the subject will appear much further away than they actually are.
In 35mm format:
Wide angle lenses are 35mm or shorter.
Normal lenses are 45-60mm.
Telephoto lenses start at about 70mm and higher.
The longest Nikkor lens available new is the 600mm f/4.
A few decades ago a Nikkor 2000mm reflex was available new.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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mookwa Registered since 14th Mar 2012Sun 18-Mar-12 12:34 PM
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#10. "RE: D3100 lens advise/ 18-200"
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ok then, One last question. How does the 18-200 lens achieve an 11.1x mf. And; will it take a closer close-up than the 55-300 or 70-300. Ok, that's a couple of questions. Thanks for your patience

  

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mookwa Registered since 14th Mar 2012Sun 18-Mar-12 02:00 PM
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#11. "RE: D3100 lens advise/ 18-200"
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Hello again

Kindly disregard my previous reply (#10). I think it finaly sunk in.

Thanks again

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Fri 16-Mar-12 03:43 PM
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#6. "RE: D3100 lens advise/ 18-200"
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Fri 16-Mar-12 04:00 PM by MEMcD

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Hi Brian,

Welcome to Nikonians!
I think you are confusing Zoom Factor "X" with focal length.
The Zoom Factor is equal to the longest focal length of a zoom lens divided by the shortest focal length of the lens.
The longer the focal length the closer distant objects will appear.
The Zoom Factor between 200mm and 300mm = 300/200= 1.5X
Therefore a 300mm lens provides more reach than a 200mm lens.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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JustLuckey Registered since 15th Feb 2012Fri 30-Mar-12 01:58 AM
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#12. "RE: D3100 lens advise/ 18-200"
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Milford, US
          

I'm a little late to the game with my reply, but I have some experience (but still consider myself an amateur).

I had a D40 with the 18-55 & 55-200 VR set up and hated it (my wife too due to constant swapping of lenses (as shoot everything from our kid to wildlife, to car racing).

When I (we) upgraded to the D5100, it was with the agreement that I get us a more 'all-in-one' lens. So we got the 18-200mm VR lens and love it. It was a great can-do/walk around lens. It does come up a bit short for the longer range photos (birds in trees).

If you are focusing (pardon the pun) on wildlife, you probably wont to get something with a farther reach (300mm). The 55-300 (on paper) would probably be the most budget friendly while giving you the reach. I'm looking at getting the 70-300mm to use for my motorsports shooting, as I would like some quicker AF (what I read, the 70-300 is quicker to AF than the 55-300 and my 18-200).

Hope this helps a bit

  

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Liu Kang Registered since 31st Mar 2012Sat 31-Mar-12 02:16 AM
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#13. "RE: D3100 lens advise/ 18-200"
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Weatherly, US
          

I have that lens on my D5000 and it usually stays on the camera for most of my pictures. I think it's a great lens!

  

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