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Old Nov 28, 2006, 1:36 PM   #1
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Hi all, I am relatively new to photography and to make a long story short, after a lot of research and talking to some folks who are in photography, I've decided to buy a Nikon D200. I've done my homework, gone through suggestions in these fora, and found several reputable on-line sites and eventually spotted the following package:

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"D200+(18-70mm Nikon lens)+(70-300mm Nikon lens)+(Nikon SB800 flash)+(Hitachi 4G minidrive)+(carrying bag, tripod, etc) for about $2250.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Even going through butterflyphoto.com, beachcamera.com (I've bought digital cameras from these sites before), etc. I can configure the above choices for < than $2500, all with US warranty and all that good stuff.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"At the same time, I'm totally in love with the 18-200mm VR Nikon lens. But I don't know why I'm in love with this. I cannot decide whether it's worth paying an extra $500 to get the above package (without the 18-70mm and 70-300mm), and get the single 18-200mm VR? Since I am new to photgraphy, will 18-200mm VR make a difference to me? To make this lucid, an amateur violinist can certainly play on a Stradivarius, but won't be able to bring outthe richsound quality like a professional. Having this in mind, where should I take it from here? Thank you for your suggestions in advance!!
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Old Nov 28, 2006, 3:32 PM   #2
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I used to have the 18-55 and 70-300G combo and sold them after getting the 18-200VR. I'm much more happy with the 18-200VR. I did lose some reach, but I find the 70-300G a little soft beyond 200mm, so rarely used that range. The 18-200VR, on the other hand, gave me VR at 200mm. If I were you I would get the 18-200VR. The only dowside I've noticed with the 18-200VR is light fall-off on the corners when shooting bright skies.

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Old Nov 29, 2006, 11:16 AM   #3
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The other problem opf course, is that the 18-200 is vtually unavailable in the Uk.
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