ilikeflight
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Lens Help

Sun Jun 17, 2007 2:22 am

I am looking to buy a new lens for my Nikon D50 pretty soon and am looking at the 18-200 type lenses which i cannot decide on which one to get the Nikon VR lens is a little out of my budget so I have narrowed it down to

the Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC

-or-

the Quantaray 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC

-or-

the Tamron 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 XR DI 2

Those are the ones I am looking at unless I can fond a Nikon VR for under $500 (I know I am dreaming  Wink)

Since I am new to the Digital SLR world any and all advice is greatly appreciated!
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romeokc10fe
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RE: Lens Help

Sun Jun 17, 2007 4:04 am

Here's my take on buying lenses with that much glass in them, my dad was a pro photographer all of his life, he would tell me how a zoom with that much of a zoom range will cost you in optical quality. Now that was back in the mid 80's when the super zooms were starting to come out, I think his argument is still valid today. That's just too much glass in one lens, yes the technology has gotten better but everytime I read a lens test report on one these super zooms they go on to explain how you lose some quality, it's inevitable. If your budget allows, I would split that zoom range up into two good quality lenses, I think you'll be more happy from a qualty and sharpness standpoint.

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ilikeflight
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RE: Lens Help

Sun Jun 17, 2007 5:28 am

thanks that makes very much sense and I already have a 28-80mm and a 70-300 mm lens and am very happy with both f them but I am looking for a good combination of the two so I do not have to keep changing back and fourth and this lens seems like the best choice and despite your very valid points I have been able to use the Nikkor VR version of the lenses that I mentioned in my above post and all the images came out looking really nice be the zoom at 10mm 50mm 100m or even 200mm

thanks anybody else free free to comment
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ilikeflight
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RE: Lens Help

Sun Jun 17, 2007 10:59 am

Anybody???? which lens should I go for???
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CalgaryBill
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RE: Lens Help

Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:47 am

Quoting Ilikeflight (Reply 2):
all the images came out looking really nice be the zoom at 10mm...

I'm really curious how you got those three lenses to produce images at 10mm???  Wow!

I think you already got good advice, stick with what you have. If I had your lenses and was looking for lens number three, I would save up my pennies and either buy wider (like 12-24mm) for cockpits and landscapes, or better quality long glass (like the 70-200 AFS VR) to improve overall image quality. I wouldn't be looking to overlap another layer of consumer glass on two existing consumer lenses that cover the same range already. The inconvenience of switching lenses would be worth the 'hassle' in exchange for better glass.

Quoting Ilikeflight (Reply 3):
Anybody???? which lens should I go for???

You might want to wait a tad longer than just five hours before bumping a thread...

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F9Widebody
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RE: Lens Help

Sun Jun 17, 2007 12:07 pm

I would suggest a more descriptive title next time. Those who see this thread have no idea what you are talking about...what camera manufacturer, what type of lens, etc.

Quoting Ilikeflight (Reply 2):
Nikkor VR version of the lenses that I mentioned in my above post and all the images came out looking really nice

You can't really use that to judge the quality of a Sigma / Tamron / Quantaray.

Check out www.fredmiranda.com and click on reviews.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/s...p?product=311&sort=7&cat=43&page=1
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jwenting
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RE: Lens Help

Sun Jun 17, 2007 2:20 pm

Quoting Ilikeflight (Reply 3):
Anybody???? which lens should I go for???

Most likely all 3 are exactly the same except for the external finish.
They're also all 3 complete crap if you want quality, useless even as paperweights because they weigh so little.

Stick with the kitlens and add a Nikon 70-300 (the IF-ED or VR).
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ilikeflight
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RE: Lens Help

Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:58 am

Thanks anybody else care to comment????
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jajo
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RE: Lens Help

Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:26 pm

These shots were taken with the 18-200 VR from Nikon.

@ 105mm: http://boplats.net/ARN-hl-7448-03.jpg

@ 200mm: http://boplats.net/ARN-hl-7448-04.jpg

I am getting the 70-300 VR for aviation photography (currently using a 70-300 ED without VR) and the 18-200 replaced my 18-70. I must say I am impressed by the quality of the 18-200. I will always have it on my D200 when I don't want to carry around the camera bag. Very flexible.

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