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Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED DX VR AF-S

18-200dx
Review Date: May 28, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great travel lens, VR, helps you figure out what focal length you like
Cons:
Zoom Creep. Aperture decreases quickly when zooming

First lens on my new camera. It's a great Vacation lens as you can shoot at pretty much any focal length. 18mm for landscape, 35-70 for when you're shooting portraits of your friends and family, and 200 if you need to zoom far away.

It has VR to reduce camera shake, especially when zoomed in.

But my copy, which was Made in Thailand has a lot of zoom creep.

Not very good in low light.

The max aperture decreases quickly when increasing focal length (My website has a table with the max aperture vs focal length).



 
Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF]

1750diII
Review Date: May 28, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $430.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Price!, Lightweight, large aperture, great minimum focusing distance, no zoom creep
Cons:
Loud AF, no SWM/AF-S, lots of vignetting when wide open

Purchased this because I couldn't justify spending $1400 on the Nikon equivalent. I also read the reviews on here and they were for the most part great. It's so small, I couldn't believe how much bigger then Nikon 17-55 is compared to this. I'm very happy with this lens.

Wide aperture. Lightweight, small. Great for travelling. The image quality, from what I can tell is pretty good. There is quite a bit of vignetting when you take pictures at f/2.8, but some people like it. There's some distortion at 17mm, but can be expected.

The AF is loud.

The MFD is really good, I think. It can focus at about 10" from the sensor to the object. 4" from the tip of the lens at 50mm, and 6" from the tip of the lens at 17mm.