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Old Feb 23, 2007, 11:24 AM   #1
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I own the 18-55 af dx and the 55-200 af dx lenses. For simplicity, I am considering replaceing them with the 18-200 af vr dx.

From anyone who owns both, could you give your opinion on image quality....is the 18-200 as good as, better than, not as good as, ....the two-lens combo I already have?

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Old Feb 23, 2007, 1:03 PM   #2
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My 18-200VR replaced my 18-55 and 70-300G. The 18-55 range is probably a toss-up in terms of quality since VR doesn't help much at that range, also the 18-55 kit is pretty good. But on the long end, the 18-200VR performs well, and several reviews have said that at 200mm, the VR2 does live up to its 4-stop promise.

I shoot mostly while hiking or walking in the city, so not having to change lens is great for me. Also, it freed up space in my bag for the Tokina 12-24.

The only negative thing I saw from the 18-200VR is light drop-off on the long end when shooting the sky.

In the end, it all depends on what you shoot. If you are happy with your lens, then maybe you should stick to it, and get something else that you may not currently have, like a macro (105VR), portrait (85mm), or a super wide(12-24, 10-20). I bought my Tokina 12-24 before I replaced my 18-55 and 70-300G with the 18-200VR because I shoot mostly landscape and really wanted a wider lens. Also, it took me months before I could find the 18-200VR.

Another way to go is to skip the 18-200VR and save up for a pro-type lens like the 17-55, 28-70 or the 17-35 if you use the short range more, and would rather upgrade the quality of that end.

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Old Feb 23, 2007, 7:05 PM   #5
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I agree 100% with Rey-

It is all about how much you want to spend. The 18-55mm and 55-200mm lens combo can be had for much less money than an 18-200mmVR lens. No, that two lens combo does not have VR, but together they are a viable as well as economical.

If you desire or get more use out of the long end of the 18-200mmVR lens, then do as others have done. Consider the 70-300mmVR which is $(US) 250.00 to $(US)300.00 less expensive.

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Old Feb 23, 2007, 8:02 PM   #6
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Great advise....so far., but....

I already have the 70-300 vr (and love it!) Also, already have a macro, the 60 Nikor, and, as I said, already have the 18-55 and 55-200 lenses.

I guess, what I should have said is for walk-around/travel, I think the simplicity of one lens that covers the 18-200 range would be handy (the 70-300 is quite a bit bigger)

Mtclimber - you pretty much answered the question about the 18-55. Do you have experience with the 55-200? Is the 18-200 better, equal or worse than that lens in the same ranges?

Thanks, again, for you help.

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Old Feb 24, 2007, 11:09 AM   #7
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Prior to luckily being able to get the Nikkor 18-200mmVR lens, my kit was simple. I carried and used the 18-55mm kit lens and the 55-200mm lens. That is easy to do because the 55-200mm lens is very small and compact. The 55-200mm lens is very effective at the 200mm or long end of the lens. Here is a sample photo taken at about 150mm with the 55-200mm lens.

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Old Feb 24, 2007, 11:22 AM   #8
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So....Mtclimber....it sounds like you have gone down the exact path I am pondering..

One last question for you then.....since you now have the 18-200 vr, are you glad you do, or was your old 1-55/55-200 kit just as good?

Thanks, and I promise....NO MORE QUESTIONS!
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