Nikon 18-200mm VR IF lens

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    Does anyone have one of these yet? Wolf Camera has been telling me that there is a REALLY long waiting list for them. This would be the perfect take-everywhere lens for me when I don't need a whole lot of zoom. I would probably be using it with a D200(will buy in the near future).

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    When you don't need a lot of zoom, the 18-55 or 18-70 is a perfect take-everywhere lens. The appeal of the 18-200 is that it has rather good optics (not as good as the 17-55 or 70-200 f/2.8, but at least as good as the 18-70), an insane amount of zoom (11x), and VR. Which is, of course, why everyone wants one. And since Nikon has to plan stocks 2-3 years in advance (how long they claim Optical Glass takes to cool), it would have been difficult for them to predict just how crazy the demand for the lens would be.

    And, of course, the fact that whenever any online store gets them in stock the eBay sellers grab them all doesn't help.
     
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    Have you considered the 28-105???
     
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    I have considered the 18-70mm, 18-55, and even the 28-105mm, but the 18-200mm would really suit me best. The VR would be great, too. Do you think the mad rush for these lens will be a little calmer by November/December?
     
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    I don't think the rush will calm down until every Nikon owner gets one. It's literally the greatest walk-around lens of all time for any mount yet created. There's nothing quite like it. Decent optics, reach from wide to long telephoto, all under $1000..... this lens will be a hot topic for quite a long time. When finances allow I'd like to pick one up myself.
     
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    I wouldn't recommend putting an 18-55 on the D200, probably not even the 18-70. Since you are getting a higher end camera don't skimp on the glass. Look at the 17-55 or the 28-70. The 18-200 would also be OK.
     
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    Does anyone have any photos that they took with that lens?
     
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    "Don't skimp on the glass" should mean 2.8 or better especially for a D-200. IMHO 18-200 is too wide a range for a quality lens if you want a small camera why are you buying a D-200 (great choice of body by the way) .
     
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    When did I say I wanted a small camera?
     
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    In my years of selling cameras when people want "take anywhere" they mean small and light sorry if I missinterpreted what you meant I still stand by 18-200 being too wide a range for a zoom. Popular doesn't always translate into better.
     
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    In my years of selling cameras when people say "take anywhere" camers they mean small and light. I apologose for misinterpreting wat you meant. I still stand by my belief that 18-200 is too wide a range for a quality zoom. I have found out that exteremly popular doesn't neccesarily translate to better.
     
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    JIP....

    I'm planning to purchase the 18-200 exactly for that reason..."smallability".

    Reading most of the reviews seems to point to outstanding performance and quality.

    Help me understand you position when you say "too wide a range for a quality zoom".

    I now have 28-105 and 70-210 both Nikon lenses. They're not the best, but are more than adequate for amateur plus photos. I would not think the 18-200 would be any less coming from Nikon.
     

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