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Old Jun 1, 2006, 5:38 PM   #1
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I have a D50 with the 18-55 kit lense. I would like to add a tele lense and have been thinking of getting the matching Nikon 55-200 lense. I have notice that I can get a Tamron 28-200 XR pretty cheap. That lense would give me some added flexiblity. With the wider range I would not have to be switching lenses as often.

How does the Tamron compare to the Nikon in optical quality and performance? Another question I have is that Tamron has a newer 28-200 XR DI, which is quite a bit more that the plain 28-200 XR. How does that lense compare to the other two I am considering?

My apologies if this has already been addressed previously.

Thanks for any and all help.
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Old Jun 13, 2006, 9:48 PM   #2
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Hello. I have a 28-200m Tamron manual focus lens. I would rate it as an average lens. The Nikon brand lenses should be better quality. I have been a bit disappointed in the Tamron's reproduction of colors. But they keep putting out new models, so the newer models may be better. Good luck.
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Old Jun 13, 2006, 11:24 PM   #3
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Consider getting Sigma or Tamron 18-200, I'd get those over the 28-200. You can then sell your 18-55. Another favorite is the Sigma 70-300 DG APO because of it's Macro capability. Nikon recently dropped the price of the 55-200, you're in luck if you decide to get that.

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Consider getting Sigma or Tamron 18-200, I'd get those over the 28-200. You can then sell your 18-55. Another favorite is the Sigma 70-300 DG APO because of it's Macro capability. Nikon recently dropped the price of the 55-200, you're in luck if you decide to get that.
I wish they would drop the price of the 18-200. I guess they will eventually.
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Old Jun 19, 2006, 6:47 AM   #5
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I wish they would drop the price of the 18-200. I guess they will eventually.
Don't expect it. Lens prices are fairly stable, especially when compared to body prices. There are lenses that are 10-15 years old that still sell at or above their release price.
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Old Jun 20, 2006, 4:15 PM   #6
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Nikon AF 70-300mm G for a cheap ($130) telephoto.

The 55-200mm lens appears to have slow autofocus. Is this the lens you mean?
http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/55200.htm
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Nikon AF 70-300mm G for a cheap ($130) telephoto.

The 55-200mm lens appears to have slow autofocus. Is this the lens you mean?
http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/55200.htm
I have the Nikon 70-300mm G and will be selling it as soon as my 18-200mm VR arrives. It is a good lens but if all of the reviews are correct the 7-300 will be up for sell.
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