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Old Feb 12, 2010, 9:56 PM   #11
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A while back I purchased a D-40 with 18-55 kit lens and also purchased a Nikon 70-300 VR for nature shots. Both lenses were nice, but I found myself always having the "wrong" lens installed when a shot presented itself. After much research I purchased a Nikon 18-200 VR. What a great lens. I sold the 18-55 straightaway, then compared the 18-200 and 70-300. For me, it was the same old story... too many times I wanted wide angle but the 70-300 was on the camera. So I tried an experiment. I installed the 18-200 and left the 70-300 at home for a week. Then two weeks. Then three weeks,.... Yes. Eventually I sold the 70-300. The 18-200 is such a versatile lens, for me it was all I needed 99% of the time. I shoot mostly outdoors locally and around here the longer lens just wasn't worth dragging along after testing the 18-200 VR. There have been a few times I missed the extra reach of the 300mm lens, but rarely. For your uses, the choices may be different.

I had a Tamron 18-200 before I purchased the Nikon VR lens. Big price difference (I got the Tamron for $55 used on Ebay). I didn't notice a lot of difference in quality but some people might. What I liked was the VR feature and it does work. I didn't have to carry a tripod everywhere.

BTW... here are a couple shots from my D40/18-200VR combo without lens hood. Resized for posting here.
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Old Feb 13, 2010, 2:39 AM   #12
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It looks like you have answered your own question here regarding the lens as unless things have changed you be making the use of the 70-300 thus it is a waste of money.
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Old Feb 13, 2010, 9:33 AM   #13
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LOL. Yeah, thanks Mark. I've edited my post so I don't hijack this thread.
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