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Old Sep 22, 2010, 3:47 PM   #1
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Default Buy an all around 18-200 lens vs buying 2 lenses 18-55 and 55-300

I'm planning on purchasing my first DSLR...either the Canon T2i, Nikon 3100 or Nikon 5000. I know I'll want better zoom than the standard 18-55 mm, so should I just buy the body and purchase an all around lens like an 18-200? Or buy the kit and eventually buy a zoom lens?
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 4:32 PM   #2
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I got my t2i today with 18-55 mm + 55-200 mm kit lense.

if you think that would be hard to carry, no it is not. Lens are not too heavy. A simple DSLR bag would be enough.

If you ask me for everyday use even 18-55 is enough. Telezoom with 55-200 is just great. If you have an option to combine them like 18-200 kit lense and if you have some extra money that is reasonable you wouldn't carry an extra one.

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18-200 wideanlge and telezoom quality can't be as good as seperate lenses of course depending on lens brands tamron, sigma or kit lenses.

If you have DSLR you should taste the changing lenses
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 4:45 PM   #3
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Multiple lenses of less ambitious zoom ranges will generally provide better image quality and sometimes even cost less that a 'jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-none' lens.
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 10:25 PM   #4
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What made you go with the T2i? My decision is between the T2i and D3100.
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Generally speaking, those 18-200mm lenses, while they do offer a degree of convenience, do not produce very good image quality.

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Old Sep 24, 2010, 9:26 AM   #6
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I tend to agree with TCav. better to get lenses with smaller zoom range that provide crisper photos, than one jack of all trades that wont really peak in any category.
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