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Old May 13, 2011, 4:10 PM   #1
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Default Bought D5100 Now which lens + Extended War or not ?

After HOURS of research and 3 AM mornings trying to decide B/T a D5100 - T3i - D7000 or 60D I purchased the D5100. It came down to that it seems to be that the D5100 is a better camera for someone who wants to take pictures while the T3i may be a better choice for someone who wants to also use a CAMERA as a CAMCORDER. The D5100 over the D7000 or 60D both great cameras left me some money to buy a lens.

I never really take pictures far away but like the fact that if I did I would have the right lens. Usually its at a dinner, or an event or groups of people, pets etc. Cars, full moons, some landscapes with mountains.

So. Tamron's new 18 - 270 ? OR Nikon's 18 - 200 ? OR Nikon's 16 - 85 ? Many sites could not prise the Tamron enough. Some scores it much higher than the Nikon 18 200 except for build quality price or " chromatic aberations".

After fooling around with all 3 for about 2 hours the Nikons definately have a more quality look - feel - texture and the lens focal movement is more smooth and possibly accurate. But the Nikons are more expensive.

So do I need to buy the EXTENDED WARRANTY ? and which lens do I get.

All assistance is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old May 18, 2011, 12:18 PM   #2
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In my humble opinion, Nikon gears quality is so good that it does not worth to have ext war'ty

Except for human mishandling or accidents.
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Old May 18, 2011, 1:48 PM   #3
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As to which lens, I would dismiss out-of-hand all the travel lenses. They just don't measure up. A good travel lens is a very mediocre lens. Why buy a quality camera and then hang a so-so lens off the front of it?

My own version of the poor man's holy trinity is: the Tokina 12-24 f/4 DX II; the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8; and the Nikon 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR. Together, these will run you a tad over $1500 new. There's no reason to buy them all at once, of course. But they will deliver the level of quality that the D5100 deserves. You might have lenses that appeal to you more for any of those ranges, but these three are all first-rate lenses at a very reasonable price. FWIW
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Old May 20, 2011, 12:49 PM   #4
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If you meant "travel" lens

Weight would be an important consideration.

I cant imagine carrying any one of your 3 lenses on a single fairly long trip

They are at least 500g in weight I recall.

Moreover, I think anyone choosing D5100 would like to travel in light weight

(disgarding the price factor for the moment).

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