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Old Mar 13, 2012, 10:30 PM   #1
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Default What's a good walk-around lens for the D50?

I shoot street stuff, stuff like people, cars, bikes, buildings, etc. As of now I have the stock wide lens that came with the camera. Back a few years ago the hot walk-around lens was the Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikkor Lens but you can't buy that lens new anymore and I'm always a little reluctant to buy 2nd, 3rd or 4th hand gear that's been used by god knows how many people.
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Old Mar 14, 2012, 6:58 AM   #2
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The Nikon 18-105 is still available:



It's also available refurbished, which gives Nikon another opportunity to fix any problems. It can't be sold as new, probably because somebody bought it and then returned it, but Nikon has checked it out, and is willing to give it a warranty and a lower price.

Lastly, lenses are the anvils of the photographic world. If there's something wrong with a lens, it's pretty easy to see, so as long as you can get your money back when you buy a used lens, there's not much to be concerned about.
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Old Mar 14, 2012, 7:09 AM   #3
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I would echo what TCav stated. The 18-105mmVR lens is still available and equally important is the fact that there are reputable online resellers of pre-owned lenses that stand behind the equipment they sell, in the unlikely event that there is a problem.

KEH.com, B&HPhoto.com and Adorama.com are 3 vendors that I've purchased used lenses from and have no issues recommending them.


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Old Mar 20, 2012, 5:31 PM   #4
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I called Adorama and Julio in their sales department took my call. He said there's a waiting list of about 30 or 40 people for the 18-105mm. Before I placed that call and shortly after I created this thread I realized I'd made a mistake in that I originally had the 18-200mm on my mind and not the 18-105mm. Julio said there are about 18 people on a waiting list waiting for the 18-200mm to come in. I was a little shocked because there was a relatively long wait for the 18-200mm lens back around three years ago. He edified me by saying that the lenses are made in Thailand and that the reason the factory ain't manufacturing at the normal rate is because, according to Julio, it's been raining in Thailand for the last 9 months, consecutively, I guess. (I wouldn't know cause I don't go to Thailand to pay and play like some guys do.) According to Julio that is why there's a waiting list for both lenses, cause of rain, nine months worth. I think it must be raining consecutively inside Adorama's headquarters because I was on hold for about 15-20 minutes before Julio finally came on the line. When I last checked, and that was about 3 years ago, the 18-200mm cost about $1K and as mentioned earlier back then you had to wait in line for one to come in. And I see the price hasn't changed much since then. The 18-200mm VR Nikkor has a stellar reputation which I guess is the reason why the price hasn't dropped any.

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Old Mar 20, 2012, 5:52 PM   #5
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B&H has Nikon factory refurbished 18-105mm lenses in stock for $249.95:


The price of the 18-200mm usually runs around $849. It's just selling for more from vendors that still have them due to supply issues right now.

But, the image quality is not quite as good as the 18-105mm at most focal lengths in common (the 18-200mm is softer in the corners at some focal lengths unless you stop down the aperture more).
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