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Old Oct 14, 2009, 4:30 PM   #1
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I was all set on the D90 and then went into the camera store and liked the feel and focusing of the 50D. I will also buy the 18-200mm dedicated lens on what ever choice I make.
I mainly shoot wildlife and kids as a part time hobby and print the odd 8 X 10. The most important to me is sharpness and fast camera response.
#1 What would be a good reason to buy one over the other?
#2 Is there a difference in speed between the Nikkor 18-200 VR and 18-200 VR II lenses?
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Old Oct 14, 2009, 4:34 PM   #2
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For your purposes, either would serve you well.

if you liked the feel of the 50D, it plus with canon 18-200 would do the same job for pictures as the D90 + nikons 18-200.

if you want to shoot video, you would need the nikon.
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I mainly shoot wildlife and kids ..... The most important to me is sharpness and fast camera response.
Well, I would ask how important the wildlife shooting is. 200mm is way too short for a lot of wildlife use.

Second, how important is sharpness? None of the 18-200 lenses are sharp. They're designed for convenience, not sharpness. But sharpness is relative.

Third - fast camera response. In what conditions? BOth cameras CAN be fast. But what kind of fast? in lower light conditions, either camera is going to have issues focusing with an f5.6 lens.

So, while either camera is capable of what you want, depending on the specifics of what you're shooting, wildlife and 200mm don't mix very well and 'fast camera response' and 18-200 f5.6 only work well if it's good light and non-moving subject.
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Both the D90 and the 50D are fine cameras that will do what you want. But for less money (a lot less) either kit lens plus a 55-200 would give you better results than an 18-200.

You would still save money with a kit lens and a stabilized 70-300, and you'd have a longer reach for your wildlife subjects.
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I work in a zoo, so the distance isn't important. I am either in the cage or within 1 to 20 feet from the animals. But they move around constantly, so I like to catch them in good poses before they move again. As for lighting half is outdoors and the other half is in barn like settings with a bit of skylight.
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Oh, both lenses are f3.5
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Oh, both lenses are f3.5
Actually both lenses are VARIABLE aperture. f3.5 at 18mm and f5.6 at 200mm.

Shouldn't be an issue getting good shots outdoors - inside the barn, without flash, will be very problematic.
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I work in a zoo, so the distance isn't important. I am either in the cage or within 1 to 20 feet from the animals. But they move around constantly, so I like to catch them in good poses before they move again. As for lighting half is outdoors and the other half is in barn like settings with a bit of skylight.
In that case, I think I'd use something that went from moderate wide to moderate telephoto, and with a maximum aperture no smaller than f/4.5 at the long end, so you still get good AF performance in the barns. Indoors, I suspect you'll have a lot of trouble with AF with an 18-200.
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How about the Nikon D-90 and the Nikon 18-105mm lens that would be a good combo for the zoo keeper+external flash like the SB-600.

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The 18-105 still has a maximum aperture of f/5.6. If the flash can help with the AF, then ok.

But I was thinking of the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5. Of course, Canon has the 24-105mm f/4.0, but it's $1,100.

For long-ish standard zooms Nikon has the 16-85, the 18-105, the 24-85 and the 24-120, and Canon has the 15-85, the 18-135, the 24-105, and the 28-135.

And except for the Canon 24-105, all those lenses are cheaper than the 18-200 lenses from the same manufacturer. And all those lenses will run rings around the 18-200 lenses as well.
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