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Old Apr 12, 2011, 11:42 AM   #1
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I'm looking for one lens to replace two. I have a D5000 and currently have four lenses (af-s 70-300, af-s 55-200, af-s 18-55 and Sigma 10-20 HSM). I'm looking to replace the 18-55 and 55-200 with one lens. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old Apr 12, 2011, 12:48 PM   #2
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Since you have the 70-300, how about just losing the 55-200? Mission accomplished, and you will actually make money on the deal...
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Any jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of none lens will not be as good as any two of your current lenses. Superzoom lenses all have more distortion and chromatic aberration, and aren't as sharp as your 18-55 and your 55-200.

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Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR
Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED DX VR

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Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR II DX
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I was thinking of selling the 18-55 and 55-200 in favor of the 18-105. With the 18-105 and 70-300 overlapping, I have all focal lengths covered.
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See Nikkor AF-S 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED DX VR
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Two lens solution is always better that the one "does all" as reviews consistently point out.

1. Current significant overlap is the 55-200 and the 70-300. Loose the 55-200, particurally is you find most of your photos are at its weakest point around 200, where the 70-300 is solid, and begins trailing off as it reaches 300. As fat as the "gap" on the short end, zoom with your feet. Remember, for decades, people only had primes and the typical "gap" jumped from 50 to 135, unless they had a portrait 90.

2. Keep the 18-55 as suggested earlier and save money. If you want to replace it with the proceeds from both lens, consider what I did. Recently purchased the Tamron 17-50 constant aperature f2.8, non-VC. The secondary advantage, it uses the same filter size as the 70-300. The VC versions by both Tamron and Sigma do not test as well as the non-VC, plus you really don't need it in that range, and Nikon's 17-55 f2.8 is NOT VR but IS price prohibitive.

3. If you don't want the 50-70 gap, then consider a 24-75 full frame lens, like the 70-300, with a small 20-24 gap created beyond the Sigma.

4. Finally, on the variable aperature DX lens, consider the Nikon 18-105, or even better the the 16-85, and you have covered any gap. I believe both also use the 67mm filter like the 70-300.

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Thanks everyone for the comments and links. Tizeye, you have presented me with some interesting options. I have looked at the Nikon 16-85 and like it, but the price is more than I want to spend. I really like the idea of the constant f2.8 aperture of the Tamron. The Tamron has a better price but it isn't what I would call cheap. I also like the idea of keeping the 18-55, selling the 55-200, making up the 15mm difference with my feet, and buying an SB600. Since I don't have a speedlight as of yet the last option is very tempting indeed. I could always upgrade to the Nikon or Tamron later. Decisions, decisions... Thanks again, all.
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If you are looking to replace the 18-55 and 55-200 with one lens, you might consider the 18-200 VR. It is a decent lens with excellent IQ for general purpose use. I was strongly considering it, but opted for the Tamron 18-275 VC which is a bit smaller, lighter, less expensive and provides a little more reach. If you are a pixel peeper, you will notice some softness at the extreme zoom end, but for an everyday walk around / travel lens, I set it at f8 and get very satisfying images throughout the entire zoom range.

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If you are looking to replace the 18-55 and 55-200 with one lens, you might consider the 18-200 VR. It is a decent lens with excellent IQ for general purpose use. I was strongly considering it, but opted for the Tamron 18-275 VC which is a bit smaller, lighter, less expensive and provides a little more reach. If you are a pixel peeper, you will notice some softness at the extreme zoom end, but for an everyday walk around / travel lens, I set it at f8 and get very satisfying images throughout the entire zoom range.

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If you can get the older model 18-270mm Tamron VC get it over the newer one. Both show at the long end a bit of what has been mentioned but it is more noticeable on the newer smaller, lighter version with Piezo drive. I have the older one due to a rebate that was too good to pass up. Overall, more than decent.
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