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Old Jun 15, 2010, 3:22 AM   #1
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Default Tamron 18-250 Vs Nikon 18-200

Hi All, I am only new to this website and in fact new to DSLR cameras in general. I recently purchased a Nikon D5000 with a twin lens kit and have discovered how annoying it is changing lenses. I am about to hop off on an adventure to Africa and wanted to take just one Lens that will do everything. I'm just wandering which of the two lenses mentioned above would be the better option for what I want? I love taking photos of animals, landscapes, portraits. This will probably the first and only trip to Africa so want to take awesome photos but need advice on which lens. Please help. Thank you!!
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Old Jun 15, 2010, 10:38 AM   #2
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They are both among the best superzoom lenses available, but that's not saying much. In general, superzoom lenses have a lot of distortion at the wide end, and have a lot of chromatic aberration and aren't very sharp throughout their zoom range. Multiple lenses of less ambitious zoom ranges will give you better image quality. Superzoom lenses are convenient, but that's all they are.


Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR II Nikkor (Tested)
Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical IF Macro AF (Tested) 220696 9/28/2006 10:33pm 13 reviews Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical IF Macro AF (Tested)
Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical IF Macro AF (Tested)
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical IF Macro AF (Tested)

... versus ...

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor (Tested)
Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Nikkor (Tested)
or Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR Nikkor (Tested)
or even Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 AF (Tested)

If you want good quality images of your trip to Africa, bring good lenses.
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  • 'Full Frame' is the new 'Medium Format'.
  • "One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions." - Tex Johnston, Boeing 707 test pilot.
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Old Jun 15, 2010, 12:09 PM   #3
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I own the 18-200 and use it for general use when I only want to carry one lens. I find the quality to be very good as long as you understand its limitations. That being said, I wouldn't take it as my only lens on a once in a lifetime trip. By limiting yourself to one lens you give up some range (i find 200 to short for most tele purposes) and some quality. You may as well just get a superzoom point and shoot...it's a lot cheaper and easier to carry.
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