Nikon’s 18-200mm wonder lens

Posted in equipment, photos at 2:12 pm by wingerz

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Thom Hogan

A few friends I’ve talked to have been interested in getting a DSLR, so I figured that I’d pass along this piece of advice: seriously consider getting a Nikon because of the 18-200mm 3.5-5.6 VR (vibration reduction) lens. It can be purchased for $750 if you are lucky enough to find it. Sounds like a lot of money, but on the Canon side (if a competitor isn’t released) you’re looking at buying 2-3 lenses and switching between them to get the full range. Glowing reviews describe it as life-changing (1, 2, 3). The lens isn’t perfect (reviews mention some distortion at the focal length extremes and build quality isn’t the best), but overall it sounds awesome. Three of the guys at work have managed to get their hands on one, and a fourth is not far behind.

This past week I’ve almost exclusively been snapping away quite happily with my cheapest lens, the good ol’ Canon 50mm 1.8. It feels like a plastic toy and is very loud when it focuses, but it does take some nice pictures. It’s also very small, which makes it easy to take around.

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