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18-200mm vs. 35mm and 55-300mm

JimmyR97

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JimmyR97 Registered since 15th Apr 2013
Mon 15-Apr-13 11:59 AM

I have recently been trying to decide between buying either an 18-200mm nikkor lens or a combination of the nikkor 35mm (f1.8G)and the nikkor 55-300mm to accompany my 18-55mm kit lens.

I have already noticed pros and cons of each option (listed below) but i am hoping for some more experienced or knowledgeable people to offer some advice.

Pros of the 18-200mm-
*all in one (great to travel with and dont need to swap lenses)
*apparently one of nikon's best quality lenses and takes excellent *photos
*great zoom range (in one lens)

Cons of the 18-200mm-
*More expensive (in comparison to the other option)
*less zoom range than the other 3 lenses

Pros of the combination -(18-55mm**already owned**+ 55-300mm+35m f1.8)
*cheaper to buy the 55-300mm and the 35mm than it is to buy the 18-200
* effectively i will have a more extensive zoom range, spread across the 3 lenses (18-300mm in total)
*all the benefits of having a prime lens (f1.8 aperture, very sharp and quick, small and light, etc etc.)

Cons of the combination -(18-55mm**already owned**+ 55-300mm+35m f1.8)

* more bulky (i will need a large bag to carry all of these damned lenses!!)
*lens swapping (although each lens will be more purpose built, i will have to swap lenses each time i need a different function, as opposed to having it "all in one")


PLEASE feel free to criticize/elaborate/add to/explain/contribute info or sources to anything i have written here. (and by feel free, i mean DO IT :p )

Thanks, James

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