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Old Feb 14, 2007, 6:32 AM   #1
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hey there guys....

im in a bit of dilemma....

not sure if i should take the D80 with its kit lens the 18-135....

or should i just buy the body and purchase a 18-200VR lens.....

any ideas??

cheers for now.

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Old Feb 14, 2007, 6:38 AM   #2
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I've got the D80 and the 18-135 kits lens, and I'm thrilled with it. On the other hand, if my budget had allowed it, I would ahve opted for the VR lens. But, the "wife acceptance factor" just wasn't there, especially after some other recent purchases. I've read some really good things about the VR lens, and it's on the "to purchase" list, I'm just not sure when. The VR lenses used to be in short supply, I'm not sure if that's the case any more.
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Old Feb 14, 2007, 6:53 AM   #3
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great .... i was leaning towards the 18-135...but the i had the crazy idea of the 18-200VR.....

and its within my budget so i reckon thats the way to go then hey.
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I just received my Nikkor 18-200mm VR yesterday. Quite frankly I was amazed at how good it really is. Here is an example photo, taken with my D-50 using the SB-400 flash in bounce mode.

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Old Feb 14, 2007, 3:23 PM   #5
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Is the 18-200 much heavier than the 18-135?

that may be a consideration.
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Old Feb 15, 2007, 3:05 AM   #6
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I have the 18-135 and I'm very happy with it, I find it very sharp and have no issues with the IQ. At one point I was thinking of getting the D80 with the 18-70 but I would have only saved £30, so for not much extra cost I have twice the zoom.

I'm now saving for the 70-300VR but not before I buy a Sb600 first.




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Old Feb 15, 2007, 4:37 AM   #7
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in South Africa there is a budle deal with thwe D80 with the 18-135 and 70-300VR...

i was wondering if having the 18-200 would be the better option to prevent having to change lenses just to get the extra 100 reach....although reading the forum shows that the jump from 200-300 isnt that big of a deal....esp with 10.2Mp cropping is no hassle....


i think i may just go play with the two options and see from there...



thanks for all the replies guys/ladies...


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Good Morning, Mansel and Snakeman-

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The Nikkor 18-200mmVR lens is just about the size of the 18-135mm lens. I find it a very handy size, as it doe save you making lens changes. I also very much like the VR feature.

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Personally, my choice was to go with the combination of the the Nikkor 18-200mmVR and the 70-300mmVR lenses. Both are easily carried, which along with an external flash gives you a very workable kit indeed. I have also attached a photo taken with the 18-200mmVR lens

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Old Feb 16, 2007, 2:57 AM   #9
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hey there Sarah...

thanks for the reply...

yeah that pic looks crystal clear for an indoor shot...
do u have any other pics that you have taken outdoors with the 18-200VR and 70-300??
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