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  1. #7481
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    Yeah I've previously found to my horror how well this website ranks on google searches.

    But in it's favour the lens is pretty good and it's taken me nearly 12 months of solid photographic learning to get to the point where the lens is limitting me. I'm also pretty fussy - perhaps more so than the usual consumer of that type of glass. For someone who wants fantastic convenience the 18-200 would be a bargain. It also focusses quite close so it gives a good intro to macro whilst not actually being a macro lens. It was a good choice for me initially to work out where I shoot thus making more informed decisions now - so it saved me money from that viewpoint. Further I can honestly post some great shots as examples I actually took with the lens. Positive enough for you whilst still being totally honest
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
    Pressing the shutter is the start of the process - Joe McNally ... Buying the body is the start of the process - Dread Pirate

  2. #7482
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    In your experience is the 18-200 the perfect travel lens? I had considered changing my 18-70 and 55-200VR for the 18-200 but thought I wouldn't be happy with the IQ just as you have not been happy about it. The 18-200 will have to wait until I'm happy with all my other lenses.
    Nikon D700 | SB600 | SB-80DX | 2xSB-26 | 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 | 24-85 f/3.5-4.5G | 50 f/1.4 G | 105 f/2.8 VR | 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR

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  3. #7483
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    Well yes and no. I just did a 3,000km round trip to Sydney as shown in this thread on previous pages with this lens alone. I simply couldn't fit another thing in the car (ie no camera bag).

    I didn't miss any shots for not having the right lens on cam since this lens covered everything nicely. I didn't have to worry about changing lenses in dusty environs etc. I could shoot a panda at 200mm and then my kids at 25mm within seconds.

    I did get many shots that weren't as good as they could have been had I actually had a special purpose lens on. However with a special purpose lens on then I'm forgoing shots that would be outside the focal length. For example with a 300mm F4 on cam for the panda I can't shoot my kids smile (his right eyeball maybe but not his face and posture). And that is my frustration.

    The 18-200VR lens has introduced a real convenience versus image quality tradeoff by having more convenience than any previous lens. The IQ is exceptional for what it is a convenience lens. The IQ is however definately not top notch.

    The 18-200 IQ is I am confident a truckload better than anything else on the market eg a point and shoot/superzoom camera.
    Last edited by Dread Pirate Roberts; 10-23-2008 at 05:27 AM. Reason: A carefully worded but honest salespitch of the 18-200
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
    Pressing the shutter is the start of the process - Joe McNally ... Buying the body is the start of the process - Dread Pirate

  4. #7484
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    Here is a shot of Downtown Tampa, FL.

    f8
    1.3 sec.
    iso 200
    18mm

    Nikon D700 Nikon 50mm 1.8 Tamron 28-75 2.8 Nikon 70-300mm VR Nikon SB-800 Flash


    Past
    Nikon D50 D80 Nikon 18-200mm VRII Nikon 35mm F/2 AF-D Nikon 55-200 VR Tokina 12-24 ATX f4

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  5. #7485
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    tampa eh?
    i just moved to florida
    i live about an hour north of there.
    call me dylan.

    nikon d40
    nikon 18-55mm
    nikon 35mm f1.8
    nikon 50mm f1.8d
    sigma 17-35 f2.8-4
    nikon sb600
    sto-fen omnibounce
    promaster ttl cable

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  6. #7486
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    CJ that is the Sequatchie Valley. That raod just to the right of the center is Hwy.111.
    Hwy. 127 runs right up the valley. The picture was taken from the scenic overlook on 111 on the East side of the valley. the trees seem to be slow changing this year. Maybe the rain tonight will help them along.

  7. #7487
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    I like this horse to. My ironhorse.


    D80
    VR55-200mmf/4-5.6G
    FL 55mm
    ISO 180
    SS 1/125s
    APT f/5.6
    Auto mode
    Last edited by Tomcat; 11-23-2008 at 09:07 AM.

  8. #7488
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    Why is it that half the members here have fast cars and motorbikes. Just jealous

    Nice clean shot Trackin, nothing to distract you from the subject.
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
    Pressing the shutter is the start of the process - Joe McNally ... Buying the body is the start of the process - Dread Pirate

  9. #7489
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dread Pirate Roberts View Post
    Why is it that half the members here have fast cars and motorbikes. Just jealous
    "Cos only half the members have their priorities right.

  10. #7490
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomcat View Post
    I like this horse to. My ironhorse.
    Nice Vulcan

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