Best all-purpose lens with the D200?
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uintaangler
Registered: Feb 13, 2009
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I picked up a very nice, low-mileage D200 for my son as a holiday gift to replace the D40 I gave him a couple of years ago
I want to find a lens to go with it.
It will most likely remain his one and only lens, so I'm thinking a zoom like an 18-200; 18-135; 24-120
My budget is under $200 for something in 9.5/10 condition
I'ver never owned any of these lenses, so I need some help

Suggestions?

Thanks,
Bob



BenV
Registered: Jan 01, 2008
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My vote is the 18-200 to do 'everything', but I think its more than $200.



ckcarr
Registered: Dec 02, 2006
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Back in the day, the lens for that body was the 18-70mm
Probably your best bet...

Although you can buy kit lenses like the 18-55mm and a complementary 55-200mm for around $300 or less...

Under $200 you won't touch an 18-200mm, probably not even an older version 24-120mm...



Tommy_D
Registered: Nov 16, 2009
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Do you still have the lens from the D40? If that is the kit lens, you could always get a 55-200VR for less than $200 new.



dimi
Registered: Oct 18, 2004
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Still having and rarely using my D200/18-200 combo, I really miss the 18-70 I originally had for it. It's a much better lens if you can live without the extra reach. I'm pretty sure you can pick up the 18-70 for cheap, probably under $200 if you look hard enough.



williamkazak
Registered: Jun 08, 2006
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Let the boy deceide.



hijazist
Registered: Sep 14, 2012
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My vote goes for the 18-70 for $120-$150 used or Tamron 17-50 2.8 for a little bit more than $200 but you'll get an amazing lens. As ckcarr mentioned 18-200 is almost double your budget and it's not better than the ones above.



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
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What's he shooting with on the D40 right now? The 18-70 is a really nice lens, but there's none available at the moment through KEH, but I plugged $225 in as a filter and came up with a few lenses within, and just a bit above your budget, depending on what he's shooting now

$225 and under



runamuck
Registered: Oct 29, 2006
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I just picked up an 18-135 Nikon for the extra range over the 18-70. I'm more than happy with the lens.



uintaangler
Registered: Feb 13, 2009
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Lots of good suggestions - thanks guys



jefflee
Registered: Feb 24, 2005
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Take a look at the 18-105 at Cameta refurbished, year warranty. VR would be helpful on the D200 and its a nice working range. $220 plus free shipping, I've bought from them for refurbished and the stuff I got was in new shape. At little over your bugdget but not by much.



BugLightGeek
Registered: Jul 22, 2004
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Or, the Nikon 50mm F1.8 G lens.
Or, the Nikon 35mm F1.8 G if he prefers something a bit wider...



Big Appa
Registered: Sep 23, 2005
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I have the 18/105. Great on my D200. Has VR, which is a big rookie help.
I would check the buy and sell forum here, you might get a good used one.

If he likes zooming with his feet...the 35mm 1.8 G is good.

Ed



sjms
Registered: Mar 21, 2003
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17-70 f2.8-4 sigma covers a multitude of sins. Stays on my D7000



Justin Huffman
Registered: Aug 25, 2004
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maybe spend the dough on some manual focus lenses....get the essence of photography into the gift ya know.....



uintaangler
Registered: Feb 13, 2009
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Justin, you're preaching to the choir with that one
Love my MF lenses
But that's something I think my son would prefer to grow into over time



Justin Huffman
Registered: Aug 25, 2004
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indeed Bob, mf is an aquired taste



dpg109
Registered: Apr 22, 2011
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give the boy the credit card and send him to BH and tell him to make sure not to break the $200 budget



Avi B
Registered: Dec 07, 2006
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18-70.



asaya
Registered: Feb 10, 2006
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When I had D200 my favorite lens was 35-70 2.8 mainly shooting indoors family events things like that



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