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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:00 am 

Joined: Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:32 am
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New member so first post! I am wanting to up grade my kit lens (18-105) to multi purpose leave on the camera lens.
I like shooting portraits of family & our 2 dogs but also some scenery shots when away in our caravan.
Budget $1000.
What would you recommend?
Thank you

PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:14 am 

Joined: Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:03 am
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Location: Gold Coast Australia
Hi louist,

Welcome to the forum. From a personal point of view a multi purpose lens I would recommend is the Nikon 18-200 mm lens. The IQ on the lens is great and the range of it means I never take it off the camera. With this lens and the D7000 you can heavily crop a photo and still produce a good IQ photo.

The VR II version of the lens is around $900 Australian, maybe less in the US. The first version of the lens I've read has the same IQ but it does not have a lock on it at 18 mm to stop the lens from telescoping when traveling, not that much of a big deal. This one would be even cheaper than the VR II.


Nikon D7000, Nikkor 80 - 400G, Nikkor 18- 200 VR II, f3.5-5.6.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 2:28 am 

Joined: Thu Jan 26, 2006 10:41 pm
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This is a difficult question.

The wider the range of focal lengths, generally the lower the quality of lens performance.

The 18-105 is quite good. The 18-200 only gives you 2x telephoto over the 18-105, so it's not a lot if you are spending a fair bit of money. I think that the 18-300 is not as good as the 18-200 (though others may differ) and it is a big lens.

Having said all that, I have just acquired a Tamron 18-270 second hand and it has points of surprisingly good performance (and the expected lower perfoemance at other points). It requires rather more PP work than (say) my 16-85 , 60/2.8 micro or 50/1.8, but the trade-off is indeed in the convenience.

Basically, your sensor will be out-resolving any of the all-in-one lenses you have under consideration.

IUt seems that you don't want a second lens. However, a 60 micro or 50/1.8 would open some significant horizons, particularly the micro.

Otherwise, the 18-200 would offer the flexibility and reasonable performance, but there could be a trade-off in sharpness with the 18-105, though others may wish to comment on this.

Nikon DSLRs, film cameras from Leica to Linhof

PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:40 am 

Joined: Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:55 pm
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Location: SE Texas
First, welcome to the forum! And, what is wrong with your existing lens? The 18-105mm is a decent leave-on-your-camera lens, as it is. Be sure you actually need another lens! :)

My wife uses a Tamron 18-200mm Di-II on a D7000. I bought these for her, the D7000 itself being body-only, and offered to pay the higher price for the Nikkor 18-200mm, but she preferred the lighter weight of the Tamron, especially as she was recovering from an injured rotator cuff at the time. Plus, her employer's Nikon cameras were equipped with Tamron lenses, so she was already familiar with them. Gordon has reviewed some of these 18-200mm zoom lenses, in the review section of this site.

There is, of course, notable "barrel" distortion at the wide end, and notable "pincushion" distortion at the long end. All of the extreme-range zoom lenses have this distortion, not just Tamron. One accepts the distortion in exchange for the convenience of having one lens to cover the broader range of focal lengths. Indeed, most zooms have this distortion pattern, to a lesser degree than the super-zooms.

I should add that the Tamron 18-200mm Di-II, described above, is still available, but is an older model cpmpared to more recent super-zoom lenses, such as theones with even greater range, such as the 18-270mm mentioned in a previous post.

Notably, when I bought a Nikon Coolpix A, which is a fixed-focal-length compact camera, but with the same excellent 16 MP sensor as the D7000, and a menu familiar to Nikon DSLR users, my wife claimed it for herself. I am now saving for another one, for myself.

Canon 5Ds R/7D2/7D/5D/40D/1D2N/M3; Nikon F6/D3s/D700/FM3A/1Dx/Coolpix A. Lens selection undergoing changes; some favorites: Zeiss 2/135 APO Sonnar, Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS and 135L, Nikkor 14-24/2.8G and 24-70/2.8G.

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