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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:37 am 
I have nikonD90, i not sure which lens i should go for
18-200 - but i lose the extra 100mm zoom
28-300 - i lose the initial 18to28 mm width

not sure which would the be the best one?
pls help


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:32 am 
This all comes down to what you are shooting. If you are looking for a good walk around lens that will perform under most every day conditions then the 18-200 is the way to go.

If you are going to be doing wildlife not including small bird(you will need more reach to do birding well) then the 28-300 would be better suited to those needs.

If i could make a suggestion though. I assume you have the 18-105 kit lens which is a good general purpose lens, why not go with the 70-300mm lens. It is around 500$ and is a better lens then the 28-300mm. that would be the way I would go if I was you. The 18-200mm would only be giving you an extra 95mm length and is nearly 800$ Where as the 70-300 only overlaps 35mm.

Hope that helps.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:43 am 
Unless you are planning on upgrading to full frame very soon, Id advise the 18-200. The wide end is much more important IMHO


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 12:20 pm 
Both are good in terms of sharpness. Both are equally flawed in terms of (correctable) distortion. Both are great as walkaround one-lens solution. So in terms of technical quality, as well as built, I found both of them equal.

The issue, as it has already been mentioned, is what style of shooting you do? If you find that you're shooting - or like to shoot in the future - landscapes and you lie them wide, then, obviously, the 18-200 would be better than the 28-300, which in this regard is in no-man's land at its starting 28mm.

If, on the other hand, you're into details and you find yourself shooting - or intending to shoot - at the max zoom setting, then the 28-300mm would be better due to its longer reach (300mm x 1.5 dx crop factor = 450mm).

However, shooting styles are never so black-and-white, are they?.... One never always shoots wide or zoomed-in - it's inevitably a bit of both. One solution would be to get the 28-300 and then cover the wide angle with a Nikkor 10-24 zoom, for example. Then, you'd be pretty much set for a wide variety of situations with 2 lenses. And in the future, add the 35mm f1.8G for low-light.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 1:33 am 
Thanks for the reply
When i purchased the camera i went with Nikon 50mm f1.8 and but i was not sure what i should buy. 18-200 or 28-300.
I had planned something like tokina/sigma/tamron 12-24 and Nikon 28-300
is tokina/sigma better options?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:24 am 
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You've certainly read my review of the 28-300 over here?!
The 28-300 is on average a bit better than the 18-200, but - as i warned in my review - you'd certainly want/need something shorter than the 28mm on the wide end. That could be one of those 10-24mm lenses of which Nikon also has one on offer, or a 12-24mm would also do fine.
But still you might be finding swapping lenses a lot if you are in a situation where you need something in the range of 18-40mm.
So my personal advice:
- If you're pretty sure that you'll stay with a DX body in the foreseeable future: get the 18-200
- If you're thinking about upgrading to an FX-body sometime and you can muster the financial resources: get the 28-300 and complement it with some ultrawide zoom at the short end.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:35 pm 
I have to correct my post a bit. I read the lens wrong, i was thinking the 55-300 which is not as good as the 70-300.

The 28-300 is a great lens all be it expensive. I would agree that the 28-300 paired with the 10-24 nikon or even the 10-20mm sigma would be a great combo.

I usually use my 35mm and 50mm as my walk around lenses even though i have the 18-70 I like the primes because of there far better sharpness and small size. I can have one mounted and the other in my pocket eliminating the need to carry my camera bag all day.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:38 am 
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The main disadvantages of the 28-300 would be the lack of wide angle (Considering that you're using the DX format). Having to attach a wide angle lens can sometimes be a bit of a pain when compared to the all-around job that zooms like the 18-200 can do. Also, the 28-300 has a more expensive price. Other than that, it's a great lens.

As David mentioned, carrying a prime is always good. Something like the 35mm F1.8 should suit your needs nicely, it's small, sharp and fast. When I shoot with primes, I don't often miss zooming in and out however I can't speak for you.

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