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Im getting ready to get my first dslr and im wondering which of these two kits you guys think would be better for me..


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Hi rob,

I hope you don't mind but I've moved this topic to the Nikon forum as it is Nikon specific and you'll get the best response here. Good luck.

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go with the 18-135mm. That is a great lens for the price you are getting it for, normally it is $400. I would prefer it over a 55-200mm especially when it doesn't have VR.

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Rob, don't go for the unstabilized 55-200mm! You'll regret it :?

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I was thinking the same thing.. i think the 18-135 is built better too

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The 18-135mm will allow you a great liberty in terms of focal length, while avoiding the problem associated with constantly changing lenses: dust.

Good luck with your new camera and share your photos with us! :)

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I agree with all you've heard so far. I use the 18-135mm with my D80 and it's a great lens.

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Well i'm glad everyone feels the same was as me.. it makes the decision a whole lot easier.. :D

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Sorry for the double post but do you guys think it would be worth it for me to also buy a 55-200mm vr? I think i would mostly be using it for surf photography but i'm just not sure if the extra 65mm will make that much of a difference.. I would like to get the 70-300mm vr but it would be a while until i could afford that.. tell me what you think.. thanks

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Wait until you can aford the 70-300mm VR. It's well woth the wait over the 55-200mm VR:
- more reach!
- better IQ!
- less overlap with existing gear!

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Thats kinda what I was thinking too.. Do you know if Nikon is planning to come out with any new lenses that might lower the price of the 70-300 ??

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The following is pure speculation:
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I think the 80-400VR is ripe for an update: the VR is outdated, the AF is outdated, the switch to MF is outdated but the optical formula is FF/FX-compatible and sharp (see my review here)! The sucessor would suprise me if it costs less than 1400$!!!
The 70-300m has non of the 80-400 faults. So I would not suspect the price to come under any kind of pressure!
So just be patient...

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Do you think that thing is too big for the d40 to handle?

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Definitely the 18-135. I have one and I think you will value the 18-135's extra reach. It's bigger than the 18-55 but I don't think it's too big for the body, not too heavy either. Do watch out for shake though.

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