What is the best lens i can use?

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    I take photos of old houses, landscapes and people, so i am planning to get a good lens and i am thinking to purchase Nikkor 18-200mm.

    is it a good lens? do you guys recommend getting a different one?
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    Is this personal or paid work? What is your budget? The 18-200 is NOT a lens I recommend. It's cheaply made, slow and has heavy distortion at both ends of its FL. For architectural work. I would recommend the 35mm PC.
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    An all in one zoom is a major compromise in quality.
    Honestly, there is no ONE lens that is great for every situation. I'd say you need a fairly wide zoom like the 24-70 or 17-55 for most of what you shoot. It's not a lot of zoom, but there are very few situations in what you listed that you need zoom.
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    a one lens does all usually does all at the price of image quality. Convenience or Quality. although many of the best zoom lenses are at or near prime lens quality. Like mentioned already, what's your budget?
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    For the price of an 18-200mm you can buy a tamron 28-75mm f2.8 and still have $$ left over for a fast prime or a cheap telephoto.
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    Old houses, landscapes, and people will require 3 or more different lenses.

    A good wide angle for the landscapes (plus good steady tripod legs and a head), a tilt/shift lens for the old houses, and a couple of fast prime lenses for the people.
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    Actually it is both, since you do not recommend it I believe i committed a mistake since a friend of mine from the states is going to get it for me soon.
    The budget is like around $600.
    Do you think the lens you mentioned is better than 18-200mm
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    Thanks, the thing is that i need to take photos from a long distance, do you think the zoom lenses are not good in general ?
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    My budget is around $550
    I noticed that most people recommend getting wide lenses rather than getting zoom ones, what do u think?
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    They can be good, but they cost an arm and a leg. Is this just a hobby for fun?
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    Is it better than the one i mentioned ?
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    Wow then i need a huge budget :) what do you recommend buying first, and do you think this lens is useless it will not give me the results I want ?
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    Actually it is a hobby and work both of them, I am a reporter and i take photos of the stories i do and i sometimes take photos for the paper in general. do you think that buying 18-200mm is a mistake and it will not give me good results ?
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    Usually when a lens can offer high zoom, it is targeted to consumer. Cheaply made and the IQ is horrible. 18-200 is like more than 10X! It wont be good. But consumers mostly see the range and they buy it! It makes no sense to them to buy 70-200 because it is less than 3X zoom.

    If you want zoom, stick with no more than 3X zoom. Usually those are better.
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    Zoom lenses in general aren't bad. There are superb ones on the market, however they aren't cheap and they don't cover a giant range like that. In your budget you have to decide what you need most. You can get a used Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 for about your budget which is the long zoom. Not good for family portraits or wide angles. OR you can pick up the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 for somewhere around $500 give or take. Its a fairly wide angle to mild zoom. Tamron also makes a 17-55 f/2.8 zoom which is a good wide angle to normal lens. All three are infinitely better quality than an all in one zoom.
    Quality isn't cheap. So now you get to decide what you need-all in one that is quality equal to or less than your kit lens OR quality zoom OR quality wide angle?
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    I will add that I think you probably will need the quality wide angle more so than zoom first.
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    The tamron is an older lens that gets a fair review. It's not top of the line by any means, but is definitely going to be a better lens than the all in one lens. As it seems to be with all of Tamron's lenses it's a bit slower on the focus than some others. Probably wouldn't be so hot for football or basketball on a professional level, but otherwise it may be a viable option. I'd have to do some more reading on it before I could say yea or nay. For the price? it doesn't look TOO bad... For that price you might be able to combine with a TC to get the extra zoom for some things. 35 isn't ultra wide and you may want to go with that prime also. Another kicker may well be the camera you're working with and the focus motor issues in some of the entry level Nikons. I do believe there is no AF motor in the 35-105 Nikon.

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