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Nikkor 24-120 VR vs Nikkor 18-135mm - Opinions....

beekerc

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beekerc Registered since 11th Sep 2006
Mon 11-Sep-06 05:07 PM

Pretty much what it says.

I've finally decided on the D80 body (as opposed to the D200). The 70-300mm VR is also decided. The final sticking point is the low end/everyday lens.

18-135mm - good range, no VR, brand new (read: unproven)
This lens is also available in a kit form with the D80 body.

24-120mm - slightly lesser range, VR, mature lens

I'd like to hear all your thoughts, but with particular attention to

1) Nikon's history with new stuff, especially lenses. How are the in dealing with "v1.0 issues"? do they repair/replace under warranty or are you pretty much stuck with a hinky lens? or is their QC that good that they don't have this problem?

2) I have overlap on the tele size, so I'm not too concerned there, but how much do I really lose by not having the 18mm-24mm range (if I went with the VR)

3) general performance of the 24-120mm (and the 18-135mm if any of you are lucky enough to get your hands on a pre-release unit). I'm not a pro, so my tolerance levels for performance are not super high, but i do want to get a good quality lens.

plus any other important factors that I may have forgotten (or don't even realize are important).
Thanks.
BeekerC

PS. Since I'm going with the D80 instead of the D200, I'll probably be looking into the 50mm f/1.4 of the 60mm micro lens before the end of the year, so you can save your bit about the mid-range prime.

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