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Old Jul 28, 2007, 12:12 PM   #1
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So far I am getting a D40x with the kit 18-55mm lens.



I want to get a all rounder lens that can do it all. It must however have a built in motor so that it can auto-focus!

What would you recommend?
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Old Jul 28, 2007, 1:07 PM   #2
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There are two main contenders for a single lens - the Nikon 18-200mm with Vibration Reduction and the Nikon 18 - 135mm, which is half the cost but less reach and no VR. Photozone.de gives you reviews and approximate price on both lenses. Both are autofocus with the AF-S designation. The 18-200mm seems to be the best single lens solution on any DSLR, but has been in short supply due to its popularity. I have the 18-135mm on my D40 most of the time, and find it excellent for my general use because it is sharp, has good reach, and is not too heavy. Bear in mind that there are faster zoom lenses for low light, but they are much heavier and more expensive.
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You may want to consider the AF-S VR 24-120mm 3.5-5.6G ED-IF, if you are on a budget.

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Old Jul 29, 2007, 4:31 PM   #4
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my budget is about 300$.
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Old Jul 30, 2007, 10:05 AM   #5
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my budget is about 300$.
You might forget about the 18-200mm VR in this case. And something that people dont tell you is that although that lens is good, it creeps when you zoom.

My 18-135mm might also creep in future but not for now. The 18-135mm is the budget all round lens without the VR.

Can I suggest that if you are not "Lazy" and since you already have 18-55mm, get the 55-200mm VR which is around your budget and you be happy.


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Old Jul 30, 2007, 2:29 PM   #6
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I sold my 18-55mm and got a new 18-135mm and its great.
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Old Aug 2, 2007, 6:44 PM   #7
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my budget is about 300$.
My 18-135mm might also creep in future but not for now. The 18-135mm is the budget all round lens without the VR.

Can I suggest that if you are not "Lazy" and since you already have 18-55mm, get the 55-200mm VR which is around your budget and you be happy.

I just bought one of these 55-200mm VR lenses and I am fast learning tolove it as it is producing fantastic results. I started off with an 18-135mm on my D80 but was soon getting annoyed by the barreling at lower focul lengths for my type of pictures. Although it is a great "usable" lens with a wide range of purposes, I decided to replace it with fixed length 24mm,, 50mm, and the 55-200 VR. This way I get away from the barreling and still cover the range I use. I might get a wider angle lens some time in the future but at least I can shoot to my hearts content now...
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I am glad you decided to go this way. I have read tons of reviews on 18-135mm and 18-200mm. They are both good all round lens but have their weaknesses.

Especially when a person has 18-70mm or 18-55mm as first lens, I would always like to recommend the 55-200mm VR and 70-300mm VR if there is a need for further reach. Simply because these two lenses seem to perform really well and if not better than 18-200mm as a one lens versus two.

Of course there are situations where you cant afford to change lens all the time in which is understandable and the mighty 18-200mm VR is a best solution with the VR option. the 18-135mm is the second without the VR.

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my budget is about 300$.
My 18-135mm might also creep in future but not for now. The 18-135mm is the budget all round lens without the VR.

Can I suggest that if you are not "Lazy" and since you already have 18-55mm, get the 55-200mm VR which is around your budget and you be happy.

I just bought one of these 55-200mm VR lenses and I am fast learning tolove it as it is producing fantastic results. I started off with an 18-135mm on my D80 but was soon getting annoyed by the barreling at lower focul lengths for my type of pictures. Although it is a great "usable" lens with a wide range of purposes, I decided to replace it with fixed length 24mm,, 50mm, and the 55-200 VR. This way I get away from the barreling and still cover the range I use. I might get a wider angle lens some time in the future but at least I can shoot to my hearts content now...
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