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Old Sep 13, 2007, 7:32 PM   #1
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Hello, I just reveived some money as a gift and I want to purchase one of these two lenses. I had a demonstration of the he 105 macro VR and I was amazed by the quality of the photo. I was told I can also use it as a 105mm prime. I kinda like to do macros. On the other hand, I am used to wide angle to telephoto since I almost exclusively use a Sigma 18-125 on my D50. I can achieve good results with the Sigma but I think there is some quality this lens cannot acieve. Am I right? So among you all, who has experience with the 105mm and with the 18-200? Thanks for the input.

Germain, D50, Sigma 18-125, Nikkor 50mm 1.8.
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Old Sep 14, 2007, 12:45 PM   #2
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Already replied in the other post but here you put 70-200mmVR as your title.

This would be an easier choice, if I dont need Macro I love the 70-200mmVR but is more costly.

The 105mmVR is a nice lens. Bought it and have not regret to buy it, again I am surprised that I bought it from the advise from this forum and not others.
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Old Sep 15, 2007, 3:04 PM   #3
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I have both lenses and they are as different as chalk and cheese. The macro 105mm is a good portraiture lens and is absolutely the best for macro work, but the versatility of the 70/200 is outstanding. You have to decide what your priorities are before you purchase. To do decent macro you'll need the SB600 or SB800 flash if you want good results too. Use it pointing straight up, not directed at the object.

The 70/200 is the most usable lens I have, being great for portraiture and for all kinds of sports photography especially when used in conjunction with the TC14E or 17E. Having press passes thus getting quite close to the actionI quite often prefer to use it over even the 200/400 f4.

In conclusion, really work out what you want to do. Is it more macro, or just a general lens? The 70/200 is so versatile that it covers many things.
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