Best Nikon lens $150-$200

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  1. RMThompson

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    Ok guys, It's time I get a zoom lens, something that has the uppers in the 200-300 range. Now, I am mostly using it for daytime work, so I am OK with a cheapie one (f.4 - 5.6) but WHICH one? I'd like to also be able to do Macro if that's available, but all the choices are a little confusing.

    All I use now is a NIkon 50mm 1.8 and the standard 18-55 (Only when I need a wide lens), so I am scared to go outside of the Nikon name, but if people have some good experiences I can be swayed!

    What say you, fellow enthusiast?
     
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    Frankly speaking... for those guidelines that you are using to determine your budget (daytime... cheapie... 4-5.6 etc.), I don't see where it really matters all that much what you buy. If you are fine with the fact that you only need budget glass, grab a Sigma or Nikkor. I really don't see where it is a big thing either way.

    If you were going for higher quality glass (i.e. in the 200 2.8 range), that would open up all kinds of debate; like VR or not, name brand or not... blah, blah, blah.

    But this is not that kind of question.

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    Well $200 - $220 isnt out of the question... there are some cheapie VRs for that, but should I get a cheapie 55-200 VR, or a 70-300 Nikon for greater range? Or should I get a Tamron/Sigma one with Macro?

    Too confusing! LOL The 50mm 1.8 was a no brainer!
     
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    I have the nikon 55-200 VR lens and i really like it.
     
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    I had the 55-200mm VR and took it back a week later. I also hate my 18-55mm and it was a $100 lens. You'll get what you pay for, and below $400 IMHO for a telephoto is junk.
     
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    Are you looking for more range than you have now?? a longer zoom??. I am not sure where you are going with this As far as lenses go you have the "cheapie" end covered with the "kit" lens you already have if I were you I would stick with that unles you want more zoom. If you do want more zoom I would agree with the long ones that RM has suggested anything else would be a lateral move and a waste of money.
     
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    I find it funny that you put a pricetag as your minimum requirement for purchasing a lens. As if after $400 dollars the quality is immediatly improved, just because they charge that much money.

    However I do understand your point, that cheap lenses mean cheap quality, but I know I've seen a lot of nice photos taken with a 55-200 or a 70-300.
     
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    Well, as stated in my original post, I am looking for something that ends in 200 or 300mm, for longer shots in daylight.

    A few times I've wanted to take some pics of nature/ballgames/etc that would require a longer lens but I surely don't have the hundreds and hundreds of dollars required for something like an 18-200 VR lens.

    So what I am looking for is one of the following, and was hoping someone could offer advice on the quality of optics of the following:

    55-200 Nikkor lens; cheap and sold everywhere.

    70-300 Nikon lens; longer range, but does that mean better? I wonder though since with the above lens 100mm would be closer to f5.6 while with this lens it would be closer to the f4... am I wrong there?

    My other option is a non Nikon lens that also offers MACRO ability, like the 70-300 with Macro made by Tamron (or is it Sigma)

    Any advice would be apprecaited~!
     
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    I have a 55-200 VR and I like it very much (for what it is), I paid $179 new.

    However, if you want the most "bang for the buck" IMHO in inexpensive telephoto lenses that have a halfway decent macro capability, look no further than the Tamron 70-300 LD DI, which can be had for $125 if you find it right...

    Fantastic sharp lens for the money, I have literally tens of thousands of pictures with mine, and the image quality is outstanding. It is plastic, the autofocus is kind of noisy and slow, but the Macro is 1:2 and it is sharp as a tack, so who cares for that money.
     
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    Well as far as the 18-200 it is also no better than what you have now so I would not consider that as a good option. If I were you I would go with a 70-300.
     
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    If it's just opinion that you need... I have the 70-300 Nikkor lens that was around 180.00.

    It worked well for me for years.
     

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