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Old Oct 14, 2011, 12:23 PM   #1
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hi guys

i am currently saving to invest in a travel lens or a sort of all rounder i think i have narrowed it down to 3 but still cant really make a definate decison i know i have not listed the 18 - 200 vr as i would like the extra reach over 200 mm as i have got a 55 - 200mm vr

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tamron 18 - 270 pzd vc

tamron 28 - 300 vc

or is the nikon 28 - 300 vr worth th extra 200 over the tamron?

i keep changing my mind like the weather you guys know how it is
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Old Oct 14, 2011, 1:08 PM   #2
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None of thos lenses is particularly good, or even as good as the kit lens plus a cheap telephoto zoom.

I presume you're talking about a lens for your APS-C body. For that the lenses that only go as wide as 28mm with be at a disadvantage. The Tamron 18-270 is probablyy as good as any for what you want to do.
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Old Oct 14, 2011, 1:34 PM   #3
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it is for the d90
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Old Oct 14, 2011, 4:31 PM   #4
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Having recently changed systems to a Nikon D90, I've been doing a fair amount of investigating the various lens options available for the DX format.

I keep coming up with a minimum of 3 lenses that I would need to fill out a kit covering the focal range that I use most often when traveling.
a wide angle lens

either the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 lens
or the Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 lens

I chose the more expensive Tokina because I like the fast aperture over the Sigma

A mid range zoom:

I like the Nikkor 16-85mm.Although, currently I've got the 18-70mm lens.
It may be sometime before I upgrade because the 18-70mm serves me well
enough at the moment.

an extended range zoom:

Quite honestly, my first choice would be the Nikkor 70-300mm VRf4-5.6 lens.
It gets good write ups all the time.


I think that most all of the "all in one" lenses have too many flaws at one end of the focal range or the other.

that's why I keep coming back to a minimum of 3 lenses.

Good luck on your hunt.

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G'day Zig + OP

Good choices ,,, but just as an exercise -
What if your lens budget was only $750 > where would you go then??

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Good choices ,,, but just as an exercise -
What if your lens budget was only $750 > where would you go then??

Regards, Phil
Hi Phil,

If my budget were $750.00, then I would be using the following:

extended long range zoom
pre-owned Nikkor 70-300mm VR street pricing is $ 370 USD to 400.00 USD

pre-owned Sigma 10-20mm f4 lens street pricing is between $350 to $400 USD

I would keep the 17-55mm kit lens.

Just a note: I pretty much buy used lenses. I've not been burned in the last 4 years and I would rather someone else deal with the depreciation.

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Old Oct 15, 2011, 1:12 AM   #7
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Simple,
FWIW, when I travel (about 3-4x/year) I take a Tokina 12-24, Nikon 18-105, and 70-300vr along with a Manfrotto 190 tripod. Tripod is too large and heavy, so I also purchased a Horusbennnu 747T that appears to be similar to a Benro travel angel.
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/tr...o-tripods.html
Newly acquired used 70-200vr is a beast to travel with so will stay at home. Will be at Bryce Canyon and Zion NP in 2 weeks and possibly Death Valley at the end of the year.

Good luck with your choice.
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I use the Tarmron 18-270 VC on my D90 as a ravel lens combo. It is compact, lightweight and provides a versatile range. At F8 (or there abouts) the image quality is excellent through out the entire zoom range--FYI I am a bit of a pixel peeper, and the image quality is fine by my standards! I have the non PZD version of the Tamron lens.

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I understand your dilemma Simple. Went through the same exercise and purchased the Nikon 16-85 for the D90 and D7000. Great travel lens but we did find we wanted a wide angle and longer zoom so purchased the Tokina 11-16 and Nikon 70-300. These 3 lenses cover all the ranges that we need and are highly recommended.
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