I use the 18 - 200 VR lens with my D-80 and it serves me fine for most shots. However I frequently come across situations, like trying to frame a valley between two hills or taking in an entire room for instance, when the extra width would make for the better shot.
That got me checking into ( and pricing) a true wide angle lens. It was also when I started seeing all the add-on lenses available. I know that these are likely going to compromise auto focus, lens quality and such but I'm curious if anyone has actual experience with these things and if they would be suitable for getting those odd difficult shots or are they just junk like their prices might tend to indicate? The one in particular states that it is specifically for the 18-200 and I figure someone must be buying these things.
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#1. "RE: Are add on lenses worth it ?" | In response to Reply # 0olivierrychner Nikonian since 03rd Jan 2005Sun 25-Nov-12 06:38 PM
I have no idea what product exactly you're speaking about. But I am absolutely sure that unless you are looking for some special effects (read Holga or Lomo here ), they are not worth even as much as their low prices.
The 18-200 is already the equivalent, in field of view terms, of a 28mm lens, which was not so long ago as wide as things would go for the layman. Now, it's true that it is considered "wide but not immensely so", and my advice is to find something wider, but something that attaches to the camera, not to the lens - in other words, a true wide-angle lens such as a 12-24 (used from Nikon or Tokina, for example), or a Nikon 10-24, or... the list is long. The only question you're left alone for answering is "DX or FX". In FX lenses that go really wide, we're left with two: the Sigma 12-24 or the Nikon 14-24. The latter is considered one of the best zooms ever made, optically speaking - the price is also a work of art, if I may say so
Hope this helps!
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#2. "RE: Are add on lenses worth it ?" | In response to Reply # 0briantilley Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003Sun 25-Nov-12 06:57 PM
The type of supplementary lens that I think you are asking about is generally intended for use on a compact camera (where you can't just fit a wider-angle lens), not an SLR.
know of a couple of members who have used one as a "fun" add-on, but for serious landscape shots I would always advise getting a dedicated lens like a 10-24mm or similar.
#3. "RE: Are add on lenses worth it ?" | In response to Reply # 0Leonard62 Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009Sun 25-Nov-12 07:50 PM
As Brian already stated, the supplementary lenses were primarily used to extend the capabilities of the P&S cameras. But these lenses were made by the camera makers for their own cameras. I have two supplementary lenses made by Nikon for my Coolpix 950 and 995. These are very good quality lenses and were expensive. The problem with the wide angle supplementaries is they amplify the original lens fault, especially linear distortion. If the lens you're thinking about is low cost and you don't mind spending a little to experiment, then go ahead. You might be satisfied with the results and you may not. At least you wouldn't have wasted a lot of money. I wanted a wider lens for my DX bodies and bought the Sigma 8mm-16mm lens. It has AFS type focusing, is pretty sharp and has little distortion, actually less than your 18-200mm. If you want wider than that then start looking at fisheyes or start stitching your photos together.
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