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Seattle, WA, US
"RE: 18-200mm VRI First Generation vs expensive pro lens"
Some of it comes down to how you are using the lens. The 18-200mm is a good lens at f/8. If you stay away from the edges of the performance envelope it is a good performer.However, if you were to shoot both lenses at 200mm f/5.6, I would expect you to see a difference. Not necessarily a big difference but a difference.---------+---------+---------+---------+Joseph KSeattle, WA, USAD700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II, 50mm f/1.4 D, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX