18-135 vs. 18-200

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  1. KaleyEs

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    I need a new basic walk around lens. Do I go with the easily accessible and cheaper 18-135 or look for an 18-200. I've heard good things about both, but more bad things about the 18-135mm. Any thoughts?
     
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    if you can, the 18-200 or 24-120VR. I use the 24-120 VR because the 18-200 is near impossible to find in stock consistently anywhere, and It's got better optics in it because it's a 5x, not 11x zoom.

    I like my 24-120 alot. I use it when my f/2.8's aren't needed, or I just can't carry a bag and need to go light and still cover a wide focal range.
     
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    I agree 24-120VR if you need to go a longer range this is about as long as you are going to want to get.
     
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    Does it ever bother you that the 24-120 doesn't go as wide?
     
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    I've used the 18-200 on trips and it is wonderful walkaround lens.
    All of the pics in the Laos links in my sig were shot with that lens.
     
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    My 18-200mm VR has been absolutely wonderful. It is mounted on my D200 about 70% of the time. The VR works wonders and the vast focal range always comes in handy.
     
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    I have used the 18-200 lens for 9 months and I am not really impressed. Bought it because Ken Rockwell says it is the best lens. I can't say that I agree. I am shopping for replacements. If you are not shooting for business purposes than it is a great lens. It you want fabulous quality photos, get something like the 70-200 for distance and I am not sure what to suggest for the rest of the range yet. Good luck.
     
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    18-200 VR is a walkaround lense.......it is built for that purpose.......quality and walkaround usually dont mix....if quality is needed.....then you're looking for 18-55 f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8
     
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    Ken Rockwell shoots Jpeg, that MURDERS quality on Nikons. On a D70 or D100, I'm sure that if you compared the 18-200 to the 17-55 f/2.8, you wouldn't be able to tell a difference in Jpeg, shoot in RAW, the 18-200 still looks like the Jpeg, and the 17-55 drops your jaw.


    You've got to be careful about what Ken says. Sometimes he's right, sometimes you wonder where he gets some of the stuff he says.

    Nope. I just step back. I love my 17-55 f/2.8, and 17mm is really about as wide as I feel I ever need to go. I'm not sure how much i'd use a 12-24.
     

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