Sorry for the "noobish" question, but I haven't been involved in photography at all for about 3 years and am just getting back into it. Not shooting weddings, events, or anything else for anyone else but myself. Just need a "Walkaround" lens and am wondering if this Tamron will work as well on the D200 as it did on the D100/D70 I used to shoot with.
That's a great lens to try. If you can find one, a Sigma 24-60/f2.8 would be great too - $300 or so. The latter is a bit soft at f/2.8 but from f/4 it rivals even the Nikkor 24-70/f2.8 - which is around $1900 now.
Much simpler and less snobby, but the 18-70/f3.5-4.5 AFS is about $200 used in pristine condition and makes a great walk-around lens.
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I just sold my 18-70mm kit lens to a fellow member. It was a great walking around lens especially for the price. I did replace it with a Nikon 24-70 2.8 lens which is a little beast and pricey but an amazing piece of glass.
Welcome to Nikonians. I have a whole bunch of glass and my favorite walk-about/travel/portable lens for my D200 is the 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 AFS DX lens that was often sold as the kit lens when this camera was new. I just like the results and especially the convenience, zoom range and compactness of this lens. While I have others that can beat it in some way or another, it really gets the job done.
I also used a 24-70mm f/2.8G AFS Nikkor for a film walk-about and my wife has confiscated that for use on her D70s. We are happy with both. She wanted just a little "longer" lens as her interest in mainly in portraits of our grand kids and this one has also worked well.
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David wrote: >I second the 18-70mm as a very sharp, quality and inexpensive >lens to use on any DX camera. The 16-85mm VR would be another >choice though close to the top of what you want to spend.
I'm a sucker for every walk around/one lens solution Nikon has come up with. Of all of them I find the 16-85 to be the best, a very special lens; a bit pricey but small, lightweight, sharp and contrasty. I have bought two of the 18-70's (hope springs eternal) and ended up selling both. While the 18-200 I bought had a fabulous range (11:1) I ended up selling that also, maybe it was just my sample, but the image quality of mine was unimpressive (to be kind). Also had both the VR and non VR 24-120's (my non VR version was better) but both are now gone since I got the 16-85. Oddly the 16-85 on a D100/200/300 is appx a 24-120 on a FF camera and as a last point the 16 end of the 16-85 is really much wider than the 18 is on the 18-200 (appx comparing a 24 to a 28 mm lens on a FF camera). Although it depends upon your style of shooting I find I can make do with 85 mm (FF-120 mm) if I get the 16 mm (FF-24 mm) short end as part of the trade off.
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I currently use the 18-70 with my D200 for "walkaround" shooting. I'm pleased with the results. I've never used the 18-200 lens, so I can't speak to that one, but I'd recommend the 18-70, especially given their respective price points.
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I use an 18-200 mm VR Nikkor lens and am happy with it as a general purpose walk around piece. You simply need to do a little photoshopping when useing the extreme zoom limits to correct issues such as barrel distorsion, vignetting and so on, typical of such an extenssive zoom.
May I humbly suggest the AF 35mm F2/D? It is on my D300 95% of the time and, if you are coming back to photography after a number of years, will help you train your eye again. It focuses quite closely and is great for flowers or close-ups of anything. Maximum aperture is 2 so it's great even on overcast days without having to increase your ISO much.
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I'll add some more lines to the unanimity here: I have the 18-70 (came as kit lens to the D70), and I also have the 18-200VR (when it comes back from repair, but it was my fault). They are both excellent as walk-around, not-specialised lenses!
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Keep an eye on the "I Want To Sell" Forum here on Nikonians. Since the D700 and D3 FX cameras came out, people are unloading their 18-200mm VR lenses due to their DX status. I've seen them on that forum selling for as low as $500.00. Sometimes even lower. And the 70-300mm VR lens has been spotted here for as low as $400.00.
Stay away from the auction site if you can. I have made numerous purchases here at Nikonians because I know the people here take care of their gear as they are using them and are honest about the condition as they post them for sale here.
BTW, I noticed that you use the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 lens. I'm currently looking for one of those for my D200. I've read good things about it and it's a good low cost fast lens. Yes - great for indoor shots like weddings.
I have a Sigma 18-50 2.8 that I like very much and it stays on one body. It is the latest model with Macro which comes in quite handy as I am attracted to butterlies. Not too expensive and focus is FAST and quality is excellant.