Good all around telephoto lens

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  1. CRman

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    Looking at getting a lens that if I want to just carry one, I can do so.

    Something like a 18-300 or 28-300... somewhere along those lines. I know Sigma, and tamron make them but I am looking to get feed back on who has what and how they like them. Chime in if you have a good suggestion.

    Thanks!
     
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    I don't have any experience with them, and your signature doesn't help me understand your taste. :)

    If you're going for a super extreme zoom like the ones you mentioned, you'll definitely lose some quality. However, if you want one with such a good range, I would totally go for an 18-200 over a 28-300. A lens that only goes as wide as 28 would certainly never be an all-around lens for any crop body.

    To answer your question a little bit better, take a look at the Sigma 18-200 w/ OS. It's a higher priced one, but has good reviews and the OS would be nice.
     
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    One lens is never enough.
     
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    If you go to the trouble – and expense – of buying an SLR camera, which' defining factor is the exchangeability of its lenses, then it is stupid to want to do with only one lens. Sorry, but I don't mince words. It would be the same as getting a Mercedes 500 SLC and running it on LNG!
     
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    There all junk don't waste your money. I guess if you are not concerned about image quality go ahead and buy whatever lens you want but it will suffer with a lens like this.
     
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    The 18-200 is an excellent "walk around" lens. Naturally, you lose quality with any zoom but you can't expect to get the added versatility without giving up something.
     
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    Read the post of the OP..... he wants the OPTION of using a walk around lens at his leisure...

    There is nothing wrong with this..... I wouldn't always want a tote his 12 pound sack of primes around just because of some paltry excuse that he has to because he OWNS a DSLR...

    A tool for every job..... and 18-200 is an excellent tool for a hobbyist that wants to get the shots without carrying a trailer full of primes.... and GETTING the shots should emphasized... Hardly ever a missed opportunity walking through town streets with this lens..... head shots, wide shots, half body shots..... the ability for candids from farther away.... if I tried this with my primes I would be missing shots or losing IQ because I'm cropping anyways...

    my 18-200 has afforded me tons of shots I wouldn't have gotten otherwise... I use my primes when I'm serious about a specific shot... but the 18-200 is the standby lens thats always on my camera to start... makes perfect sense for a hobbyist...
     
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    I do not have a Nikon, but I do know a lot of people had the 18-200mm Nikkor. And I do see good result from it as well.

    If I walk around in the city and just want to use one lens, I will get the 18-200mm. And yes, the optical quality is not top of the line, but from looking at the pictures that took with the lens by others, I do not see why not.
     
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    Exactly. I probably take fewer shots with my 18-200 than most of my other lenses but, whenever the camera is just laying around, the 18-200 is mounted.
     
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    i'm no nikon user but I've heard from a few members that the 55-200 VR is a great lense. I dont know how much it is of course.
     
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    Yes, as for the sig it simple to explaine. Experimenting. There are even 2 not listed I just got. LOL.... How would you like Ice cream it there was only vanilla? Gotta sample a lot of flavors until you find what you like.

    Quality in a telephoto I know suffers.... I dont care all that much. I am looking more a being a versitile walk around that I dont have to carry a lot with me for just random shots. Hence I want a range from 24-28 to 200-300mm.

    Something I can take for leasure instead of specific reason.

    Thanks for the replys and keep them coming if you have good advice.
     
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    wow. I didnt even realize you had it listed in your sig. Sorry about that.
     

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