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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


I recently upgraded my D7000 to a D500...amazing camera so far from what I have shot pics with it!
I currently own the following lenses

-Sigma 70-200mm 2.8
-Nikon 50mm 1.8g
-Nikon 18-135mm 3.5-5.6

I would like to sell my 18-135mm with the D7000 but I am not sure which is the best option for me. I have been looking at the following for basically just carry along lens for everyday use (what my 18-135 has been used for in the past).
1. Nikon 18-200mm 3.5-5.6 vr
2. Nikon 18-300mm 3.5-5.6 vr
3. sigma 18-250mm 3.6-5.6 OS

I know these are not going to be my high end shooting glass as I will use the 50mm and 70-200mm for when the time is needed but I want something that will take decent shots when I don't want to drag along 3 lenses. I could always keep the 18-135mm if the advantages/disadvantages are not worth the cost of upgrading.

Any advice from people who own these lenses would be greatly appreciated. I have read plenty of reviews and could rent these lenses if needed (but I wanted to avoid this as last case scenario) but I wanted to hear opinions from people who have "used" the lens.

Thank you for your input and please feel free to add any other suggestions to the list.



Dec 30, 2016 at 03:51 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


I recommend you also consider the Tamron 16-300 VC macro. I own it for the same use and am thrilled with the sharpness. The downside is pincushion distortion though you will find that with all of these lenses. It really corrects with the Photoshop lens correction filter when needed.


Dec 30, 2016 at 05:58 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


Of the list, I'd toss my vote at 2. But I've never used or owned it.

It's very windy here today



Dec 30, 2016 at 06:19 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


My wife shoots her D5500 with the Nikon 18-200 for everything from landscape to birds. Even on our wildlife photography trips to Africa and Brazil she refused to use our 70-200 f4 VR because of it's size, weight and versatility. I shoot wildlife and birds with a D7100 and D500 and either 70-200 F4 VR or 300 F4 VR and sometimes shoot landscape with a 16-85 VR. Although my sharpest bird and wildlife photos are often sharper than hers, I continue to be amazed at the quantity and quality of her photos with the 18-200 VR lens.


Dec 30, 2016 at 06:27 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


Sorry, I meant to say she likes the size, weight and versatility of the 18-200.


Dec 30, 2016 at 06:30 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


I would like to sell my 18-135mm with the D7000 but I am not sure which is the best option for me. I have been looking at the following for basically just carry along lens for everyday use (what my 18-135 has been used for in the past).
1. Nikon 18-200mm 3.5-5.6 vr
2. Nikon 18-300mm 3.5-5.6 vr
3. sigma 18-250mm 3.6-5.6 OS

Total waste of the D500 body, I'd stay with the D7K
if you're not willing to put some serious glass on it.



Dec 30, 2016 at 07:02 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


At the very least get a 16 85 3.5 5.6vr & 70-300 4.5 5.6 vr combo ..sell everything else


Dec 30, 2016 at 07:42 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


No, at the very least...Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR


Dec 30, 2016 at 08:07 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


trenchmonkey wrote:
No, at the very least...Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR


This seems like the obvious choice. It is a little spendy, but probably the "right" choice to partner with your existing lenses.



Dec 30, 2016 at 08:16 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


trenchmonkey..thank you for the input. I am simply a person who takes pictures for the students I teach/coach. I am not getting paid to do this and since I already spent $2k for the D500 body I will have to save up some money to invest into another lens. Not sure why you would suggest selling the D500 3 weeks after I just bought it and go back to the D7000?

I may not be a "pro" but I would certainly like to improve my skills in the direction like the pros. 100% of the pictures I take are shown on a tablet/computer monitor and saved to an external HD for storage for any kids/parents who want to view them on social media.
I want something with a little more reach..hence the 18-200mm with the compact portable size for travel shooting without having to drag my 70-200mm.

This is a hobby, not my profession. All I am after is some input from people who have used these lenses.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


bocajrs wrote:
At the very least get a 16 85 3.5 5.6vr & 70-300 4.5 5.6 vr combo ..sell everything else



I would tend to agree, or keep the 18-135mm and add the 70-300VR. The 18-135mm is a sharp lens despite not having VR. If the budget is very limited it's not the best choice to spend most of it on the camera body. Since you've already got the D500 that's a moot point. You'll always get more selling piecemeal, body and lenses separately. For DX, it's classic to divide the general focal range of 18mm to 300mm into two or three lenses. I would seriously consider the above suggestion or equivalent to cover your needs. IQ might not be the very best, but with good technique it can be quite good.



Dec 30, 2016 at 11:23 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


trenchmonkey wrote:
No, at the very least...Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR


or the sigma 17-70/2.8-4

I have the 16-80 and my daughter has my old 17-70/2.8-4. both good lenses

you have the sigma 70-200 now complete the set.

most of these images were taken with the 17-70 sigma

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Dec 30, 2016 at 11:40 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


.. how about the sigma 50-100 1.8 ART ?? and the tokina 16-28 for your wide end. a two lens set up


Dec 31, 2016 at 03:28 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


bozziovai wrote:
.. how about the sigma 50-100 1.8 ART ?? and the tokina 16-28 for your wide end. a two lens set up


Great suggestions, but the dude spent all his money on the D500



Dec 31, 2016 at 04:00 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


You can get a 17-55 f/2.8 pretty cheap used.
You can get a 300mm f/4 pretty cheap used.
You can get a 80-200 f/2.8 or 180mm f/2.8 pretty cheap used.

sell the rest



Dec 31, 2016 at 06:30 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


trenchmonkey wrote:
No, at the very least...Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR


I have a 16-85 from D200 years. Ordered the D500 + 16-80 combo thinking that
the new lens would be a significant upgrade. The AF of 16-80 is several orders of
magnitude better, esp. at the wide end. But optically I found my copy of 16-85 to be
at least as good as the 16-80 overall and noticeably better in the 50-80 mm range, esp.
the corners. Returned the combo and got the D500 solo since I did not need the
better AF or extra speed. One sample experience, so YMMV.




Dec 31, 2016 at 06:52 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


I have an 18-140 bought refurbished at B&H. The 18-135 was always an inferior lens.(My copy anyway) The 18-140 on my D500 may be an overachiever, but it made me ditch the 18-135. Paired with the Tamron 70-300, I can go from 18-450MM in 2 lenses. This works very well for family snaps, the kids playing etc. Anywhere convenience is more important.

For photo outings I use the Sigma 17-50 paired with the Sigma 24-105 or possibly the 70-200 f4.



Dec 31, 2016 at 08:06 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


The 'Monkey pooh-poohs my recommendation of the kit zooms, but I love 'em anyways. 18-55 VR II and 55-200 VR II have matching ergos of collapsible barrel and real VR switch. Made remarkably well from Nikon's finest plastic, and featherweight. My testing against primo glass shows them giving excellent optical results: advantage of slower zooms in the 3-4x range.

On a side note, the non-VR kit 55-200/4-5.6 is the lightest of all and, incredibly, covers the entire FX frame with edge-to-edge sharpness at all zoom settings and distance—and I mean all. I tested extensively with JPEGs (and considerable skepticism) on an "ancient" D3X, so no EXPEED trickery. This lens costs less than a family dinner, even factory refurb.



Dec 31, 2016 at 11:27 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


delic66 wrote:
I have a 16-85 from D200 years. Ordered the D500 + 16-80 combo thinking that
the new lens would be a significant upgrade. The AF of 16-80 is several orders of
magnitude better, esp. at the wide end. But optically I found my copy of 16-85 to be
at least as good as the 16-80 overall and noticeably better in the 50-80 mm range, esp.
the corners. Returned the combo and got the D500 solo since I did not need the
better AF or extra speed. One sample experience, so YMMV.



I do believe your assessment is somewhat flawed.



Dec 31, 2016 at 11:35 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Nikon D500 lens advice needed for purchase


Super-zoom lenses, that is, lenses with extreme zoom ranges (typically 10x or more), are a mass of compromises. They can display a vast array of aberrations, with different aberrations at different focal lengths. You won't get the best results from any superzoom, simply because their design is an exercise in balancing bad against worse.

The 70-200 is an example of a better zoom, with a restrained zoom range of just under 3x. There are some good zooms with a range of 4x,

The D500 is a top-of-the-line DX body. To get the full value out of it, you need to use better lenses. Sure, you can use a superzoom (hey, it's your camera!), but it's an unbalanced setup.

I'd suggest shooting with the lenses you already have for a while. Then look at what focal lengths you need.



Dec 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM
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