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  1. #1
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    Nikkor 18-55 vs. 18-70

    I apologize for being so indecisive. I just want to make sure I buy the RIGHT lense ONCE. I've already wasted enough money as is...

    These two kit lenses, I am trying to figure out which one to procure. Everything I've read has indicated that the 18-55 will produce a higher quality image at 18mm. But then again the 18-70 has a little bit longer range on it.

    My main goal: find a walk around lense/main use lense. I currently own a Tamron 70-300mm and a nikkor 50mm f/1.8. I have nothing for the wide angle end of it. I am not looking for too much of a low light lense, since the 50mm is far superior in that aspect than any zoom lense that I could procure at a reasonable cost.

    I have used the 18-70mm. Pretty nice lense, but twice the price of the 18-55 (price is a concern for me, but I am willing to pay the extra $$ for decent glass). I really want to stick to nikkor equipment, since I have already had a bad run with 3rd party lenses.

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
    Small Town Newspaper Oaf

    East Coast Coorespondant for CRAWL Magazine!!??

  2. #2
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    Get the 18-70, you will use the extra range. I have had both.

    D300
    Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8D, 24-70mm f/2.8G, 70-200mm f/2.8G VR, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G, Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM, 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro

  3. #3
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    I almost always find myself wanting more range, I absolutely love mine. It is very sharp and solid build. The distortion at the 18mm end is noticeable, but I correct in pp when needed. Focus is very fast too.

    Higher quality at the 18 end? Are you talking about distortion, sharpness or something else?
    - Rich

    Nikon: D50, 18-70mm, 50mm, 70-200vr
    Kenko: 12mm, 20mm, 36mm Ext Tubes
    Manfrotto: 486RC2
    Benro: A-327 tripod


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  4. #4
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    The review I am reffering to is here:

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/1855.htm

    He indicates less barrel distortion at 18 with the 18-55mm compared to the 18-70mm. I am thinking of this because I like to do landscape pictures and I can easily see me using the 18mm side of the zoom. But if picture project can eliminate the barrel distortion, then I think it'll be alright.

    I do use picture project, but I'd prefer for my pictures to be pretty nice straight out the camera (obviously).

    I do concour, sometimes a little extra zoom is very nice. This is definately one of the prominant features of the 18-70mm. This is a very important aspect since I also want this lense to double as my walk around lense.

    Thanks for all of the assistance so far. I hope more people can chime in on the subject.
    Small Town Newspaper Oaf

    East Coast Coorespondant for CRAWL Magazine!!??

  5. #5
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    Picture Project does not have a lens distortion correction feature, I was using pp to mean post processing.

    The only corrections I do are more for architecture than landscapes. I would say that in your landscape shots the distortion is less noticeable than with straight lines in your shot.
    - Rich

    Nikon: D50, 18-70mm, 50mm, 70-200vr
    Kenko: 12mm, 20mm, 36mm Ext Tubes
    Manfrotto: 486RC2
    Benro: A-327 tripod


    My Flickr Photos Here

  6. #6
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    I have the 18-55 and a 70-300 and I can say that I have never once missed the 15mm difference between the two. I tend to use the 18-55 in the 18-35 type range (as a wide angle) and in this range it seems to be better than the 18-70.
    If you want a one size does all lens IMO you should be looking at the Sigma 18-125 or the Nikon 18-135 lenses at least as neither the 18-55 or the 18-70 really has enough range to be considered a one lens solution.
    Of course your mileage may vary.

  7. #7
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    Thumbs up

    I'm going to add the 18-200 AF-S DX for my D40, after the first of the year. I tried the 18-135 on a D40 body, last week, and I liked the results. I figured the extra 65 mm will be beneficial and provide a good one solution lens for most of my shooting. I've found them for $749 at a few places (Wolf.com, Camera World, & Photo Alley) from Shopping.com...Not a bad deal for such a great lens. I just wish I could've ordered my D40 with this lens already on it.

    Cheers,
    FTO13
    "ForeverTheOptimist"

  8. #8
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    Optimist...

    What do you shoot?

    Maybe you have already done your homework. The 18-200VR is a great lens for many things - I don't regret buying it at all. It is NOT, however, better than a fast lens when shooting indoor sports. So if you aren't worried about low - light sports, then you will probably be very happy with the 18-200
    Nikon D70s
    Nikkor 50mm 1.8D (If you don't have it you need it)
    Nikkor 18-200mm VR II
    SB-600
    Bogen/Manfrotto Tripods/Heads
    NAS (D300, Nikkor 80-200mm (or 70-200mm)f/2.8, Tamron 90mm Macro)

  9. #9
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    If you have the budget get the 18-70mm from the start. The lens perfoms much better than any other kit lens, sharper, faster at focusing, nice focal length, not a bad choice at all.

  10. #10
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    I went down to the shop and did some testing. At 18mm the 18-55 has NO distortion while the 18-70 has some barrel distortion. This was my main thing.

    I ended up going with the 18-55 that I bought used. Overall I am extremely happy with it. I mainly use it out at the 18mm end, been doing some landscape shots and such. Overall I am very happy with the results and quite the bang for the buck. I know the 18-70 focuses faster but this will suffice, on the other hand this lense is soooo light.

    I do plan on going with the 18-200VR model when I've got the money. Until then, the 18-55 will work well.
    Small Town Newspaper Oaf

    East Coast Coorespondant for CRAWL Magazine!!??

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