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Why is it so DIFFICULT!!!

Graybeard

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Graybeard Registered since 12th Apr 2007
Thu 14-Jun-07 04:12 PM

I am looking for a primary lens for my D80 and have searched for many hours to read about the following lenses:

18-35 AF
17-35 AF
18-55 DX
18-70 DX
18-135 DX
18-200VR

I have searched back to the point where the lenses were not even on the market.

I keep finding negatives about each lens, comments that say each lens is a compromise, vignetting, light falloff, soft edges, soft center, CA, distortion, too slow at the long end...it's making me crazy.

I am finding that my 28-105 produces very nice pictures but the 28 is not even close to wide enough for a daily lens. Maybe to others but not to me, I would prefer a 16mm DX at the low end.

Please rate my 28-105 against the 18-XXX listed above in regards too:

Image Quality

Build Quality

Value

I believe the 18-70 is the closest to my 28-105 overall but the 18-135 is tempting, until I read that it is limited to higher ISO or daylight use only. I happen to shoot in daylight, at my kids soccer games, baseball games ect. so the 135mm could be useful.

The 18-200 is not beyond my budget but appears to be a full of compromises, more than the 18-135.

Where is that 15-100 VR???

GB



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