My husband wanted me to ask if there was such a lens as an f/3.5 18-300 VR, preferably Nikon brand but would consider others if highly regarded. I told him I didn't think there was any such animal. I have the 18-200 new VR lens, and I know there is the Nikor 80-200 VR. Because I tell him about these forums, he thinks you guys can produce miracles. Can you?
Given what I perceive the state of the art is in optical design, I'm not sure we'd want an 18-300. That would be a 16x zoom, and conventional wisdom suggests that this would be a bridge too far. Things could change, of course - we used to say that zooms of any sort could not deliver quality - but 11x seems to be the state of the art today.
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Thanks, guys, that's what I thought. But when he gets an idea in his head...well. He had searched on the net and so had I, and came up with nothing like what he wanted. I would love to have a functioning 18-400 VR, fast and light weight, but I realize that there is NO way. Adding fastness makes for a large barrel end, a lot of weight, not even counting optical quality. Maybe in our lifetime...or maybe my kids' lifetime.
Valentino, I thought we can't use a TC with the 18-200 lens..something to do with the AFS? The focusing mechanism hitting the TC? I'm prentending I know how these things work. }> If it works, I am very eager to see the results because that's what I would aim for.
As Brian says, Nikon TC needs AF-S lenses to work. But not Kenko TC's. I have one for my Nikon 80-400VR (almost never use it for this lens but keep it with me anyway) and this will also work on Nikon Af-S lens.
TC's are optimized to work on long lenses, not short ones or wide/tele zooms, but that doesn't mean acceptable results aren't attainable.
I'll give it a try over the weekend just for fun
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If you look at the rear element of a wide angle zoom, you will see that it moves almost to the edge of the mount as you zoom to wide angle. This is the problem of having a TC on a wide angle zoom. The glass of the rear element of the lens and the glass of the TC can physically collide as you zoom to wide angle. This is the problem Brian was referring to. Zoom in and out while looking at the rear element and you will what Brian is talking about. You would never see this phenomenon on your 80-400 since it is not a wide angle zoom. I personally would not attempt to put a TC on any of my wide angle zooms. I would be VERY careful if I were you and take note of your zoom position when mounting the TC and remember NOT to zoom to wide angle which can be diffcult in fast situations. This is why I would never attempt this. I know I would forget and try to zoom out to wide.
Actually, I plan to offer a budget version for a mere half a million bucks. The VR is completely "solid state" and consists of a 1 ton block of concrete permanently attached to the heavy duty rotating tripod mount on the lens. Shipping will be extra of course
The best of luck and hope to you, or anyone in family crisis.
On a similar note, why would anyone want an 18-200? With the crop factor of DX, you have 300mm FOV at the tele end anyway!
To me, the 18-200 VR DX is hands down THE greatest walk-around lens ever. I got to see what it and the D200 can do and I must say, it's sharp and it's sharp! For a wedding or event, no better lens exists. For special applications of course there will always be f/2.8 zooms, or f/1.X primes, but that's why you carry two bodies when you shoot an event, right? I think having an 18-200 DX VR permanently on one body, maybe a D50, and then maybe a D200 with a few low light primes and maybe an f/2.8 zoom or two, you can't possibly go wrong. The practicality of this lens, regardless of the apeture, is just undeniable.
I'm happy with my 18-200 VR, Matt. Very happy. I think my husband wanted something basically like it. Wide at one end, but longer on the other. He's learning he can't have everything in one lens, and especially, have it light enough to be a walk-around lens. The lightness is exactly what I love about the 18-200. My husband ordered the Nikon 2.8 70-200 VR and sent it back because it was so heavy. Plus he said it made a clunking sound when he moved the lens & camera, which I assume is the VR mechanism? Whatever it was made him uncomfortable, and made him think something was wrong with it. I think he'll have to settle, and once he gets the 18-200 VR he'll love it, too.
Well, he thought the 70-200 VR would be a walk-around lens, and it was a lot bigger and heavier than he expected. He couldn't afford to keep it and get something lighter. He was insistant on wanting VR for a walk-around. He has the kit lens, 18-70, which would have worked well with the 70-200, but of course, the 18-70 isn't VR. There you have it. For myself, if money were no object, I would, in addition to my 18-200 VR, want the (what is it)80-400 VR or is it 200-400? For shooting birds and wildlife. Something to set up on a good tripod out in the woods and sit and wait for the subjects to come to me. I would have it all, then.
The 70-200 is hardly a "walk around" lens. It has no equal for what it does, but unless your husband is a real stud, he doesn't want to lug one all day. On the longer lenses, if $$ are no object, go with the 200-400 for wildlife. The 80-400 -- much maligned I add -- is great for sports in decent lighting. It's light and compact in the bag. It doesn't focus very quickly, but it is a VR lens. I do a lot of sports photography with one. But you'd best know the sport and anticipate what's going to happen next. But again, if you are going to set up and waith for the subject to come to you, the 200-400 is quite a tool.
OK, this response is 6 years later, but Nikon DOES have a patent they submitted for an 18-300 mm f3.5/5.6 lens (no, not the 18-200). It is expected to be announced sometime this year (2012). The source of this information is the "Nikon Rumors" website. Steve
The Nikon Rumors website mentions a Nikon patent for an 18-300mm VR DX lens. It also thinks that it may be introduced at an upcoming Nikon announcement function. If there is a patent application, there is a possibility that the lens might be manufactured. Just passing this along, as it is from Nikon Rumors.