Sat 02-Feb-13 05:39 PM | edited Sat 02-Feb-13 05:40 PM by Pouncer
>If you could have just one lens, what would it be? Based on >some research, I thought the 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX might >be a good choice. If not the 18-300, which one would you >suggest? Ned, a Nikonian team member, thought ‘the 18-200mm >VRII lens which would probably take care of 80%+ of your >photos, and actually could suffice for even more of them, as >my main lens.’ I would very much appreciate your opinions.
If you want a jack of all trades one lens solution, then either the 18-300 or 18-200 is a good choice. I would go with the 18-300 for the extra range, but size, weight, and cost should be given some consideration.
I have been to Europe, but not on a river cruise. In European cities the 18-105 will probably cover 95% of what you need. It is a very versatile lens. This depends, of course, on what type of photos you like to take. When I take travel/vacation photos, I'm almost alway shooting in the 18-70mm range on DX.
There is no one answer to your question. You'll get a variety of opinions. Some will suggest either an 18-300 or 18-200 as a one lens solution. Others will suggest a 55-300 or 70-300 as a second telephoto lens solution. Undoubtedly the 35 f/1.8 will be recommended for low light indoor photos. Or a wide angle such as the 10-24. Each recommendation has some merit, but whether any is right for you just depends on your style.
Honestly, for my purposes, I'd take the 18-105 and be perfectly satisfied.