I am in the process of purchasing a new lens for my D3200. My choices are as follows: AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR ED or AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II or 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX. I like to take all sorts of different pics so i am not just focused on one type of style of photography. Any advice will help.
You actually wouldn't go too wrong buying both the 55-200 VR and 70-300 VR lenses, but if you had to pick one, I'd start with the 55-200 VR and save up for more lens later.
The 55-200 VR is designed specifically to compliment the 18-55 as an extended kit (and takes the same filters), and is lightweight and a great versatile telephoto zoom. The trio of DX primes: 35 f/1.8, 40 f/2.8 Micro, and 85 f/3.5 Micro, also take the same 52 mm filters as the kit, but are built better, making them natural compliments to the 18-55 and 55-200 kit zooms as well.
The 70-300 VR is a big FX lens, but it has fast focus for action and longer reach. It's a more natural pair to the DX 16-85 VR and FX 24-85 VR, or of course for more reach than the 55-200 offers.
In short: with what you already have, the 55-200 is a lightweight general purpose telephoto, while the 70-300 is a longer reach fact focusing action telephoto.
It depends on what you shoot, but if a long lens isn't important, I'd suggest the nikon 16-85mm, the best walking around lens out there. I have an 18-250mm and rarely use it past 90mm--it just depends on the kind of photos you take. I do a lot of portraits and use the prime 50mm f1.8 a lot.
>I am in the process of purchasing a new lens for my D3200. >My choices are as follows: AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR ED >or AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II or 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G >ED VR AF-S DX. I like to take all sorts of different pics so >i am not just focused on one type of style of photography. >Any advice will help.
I agree with the recommendations for the AF-S DX 55-200, as opposed to the AF-S DX 18-200 which is a much costlier lens and its optics are not as sharp as the 18-55 - especially close up, or the 55-200. I have used all three and have been amazed at the difference in image quality produced by the "Kit lenses" compared to the much more expensive AF-S DX 18-200. Imho the 55-300, I think would be a better buy than the 18-200.
Welcome to Nikonians! Are you looking for improved optical performance or more versatility? Your 18-55mm is optically better than the 18-105mm or the 18-200mm. The 16-85mm is superior both optically and in build quality than the 18-55mm and has a wider range to boot. The 18-105mm has a longer zoom range with about the same build quality as the 18-55mm. The 18-200mm has a better build quality (metal mount) and much longer range than the 18-55mm but the optical performance was compromised at the wide end and the long end to provide the very wide zoom range. It is an excellent one lens solution for travel or those that do not want to change lenses. In other words it is a very versatile lens.
If you are looking for more reach, the Nikkor 55-200mm VR, 55-300mm VR, or even the 70-300mm VR are all excellent choices. The 55-300mm has more range and a slightly better build quality than the 55-200mm. The 70-300mm has a much better build quality than the 55-200mm and a true Ring motor that will provide faster focusing. Since all of the above lenses are slow variable aperture zooms they would not be the best choice for shooting indoor sports or night games under the lights (with the exception of Pro events that are usually very well lit for TV.). Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Constantly hauling and changing lenses was a big deal for me, so I got myself the 18-300mm. While expensive, it can take 95% of the shots I'd ever want to take, so that was my justification.
I love the versatility, but it is heavy. Also its size renders the on-board flash useless - you end up with a shadow of the lens in your pictures. If you plan on using the on-board flash, you should see if you can test any of these long lenses in the store to make sure they don't cast a shadow.
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