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  1. #1
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    best lens under a grand

    well im gettig a raise soon and in the meantime ill be looking to get one really really sweet lens.
    i hear the 18-200 nikon vr 3.5 is the best lens for under a grand any other ideas?
    ps-im using the lens for eveyrthing so i dont have to lug around more then one lens.
    Last edited by shoeytennis; 12-15-2006 at 10:03 AM.
    sony A300
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    Sony SAL 11-18
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    Well it depends a lot on what you plan on shooting with this lens. If its an everyday, pretty much do everything fairly well, lens you are looking for, then Im sure the 18-200 VR is probably your best bet.

    But its not going to beat an 80-200 F2.8 in any low light action shots. It wont beat out any of prime lenses for portraits. And It wont beat out a 12-24 F4 in wide angle capability.

    But since you are looking for an everything lens, then I'm sure the 18-200 should do just fine. But it will have its downfalls when compared to the above examples.
    Nikon D300 | MB-D10 | Nikkor 12-24/4 | Nikkor 50/1.8 | Nikkor 70-200/2.8 VRI | Sigma 18-50/2.8 | SB-800 | SB-80DX (x4) | Radiopopper JrX Studio |

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTEC_EATER View Post
    Well it depends a lot on what you plan on shooting with this lens. If its an everyday, pretty much do everything fairly well, lens you are looking for, then Im sure the 18-200 VR is probably your best bet.

    But its not going to beat an 80-200 F2.8 in any low light action shots. It wont beat out any of prime lenses for portraits. And It wont beat out a 12-24 F4 in wide angle capability.

    But since you are looking for an everything lens, then I'm sure the 18-200 should do just fine. But it will have its downfalls when compared to the above examples.
    You took the words right outta my mouth . I agree with all of the above.
    Nikon D300
    Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
    Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 AF-D (70-200mm f/2.8 VR soon)
    Nikon SB600 (SB800 soon)
    Nikon MB-D10 grip
    Sekonic L-358
    Bogan/Manfrotto 055xprob tripod

    Canon AE-1 Program
    Canon FD 50mm f/1.8
    CPC 2x Teleconverter
    CPC Phase 2 CCT 80-200 f/4.5
    CPC Phase 2 CCT 28mm Macro f/2.8

  4. #4
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    Dont Get Just 1 Lens

    Quote Originally Posted by shoeytennis View Post
    well im gettig a raise soon and in the meantime ill be looking to get one really really sweet lens.
    i hear the 18-200 nikon vr 3.5 is the best lens for under a grand any other ideas?
    ps-im using the lens for eveyrthing so i dont have to lug around more then one lens.
    Buy 2 pro glass lenses for that money. The 18-200, while good, isn't great at anything. You can get a used 80-200 f2.8 AF-D 2 ring zoom for about $450. Add a medium zoom lens like the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 for another $350. If you have a little more than $1000 (like $1200), get a Sigma 10-20 to round out the collection. You'll love them.

    If you are worried about dust, then get a rocket blower to clean off the sensor...it works great and costs about $20.

    If I had just 1 sweet lens, then I'd get the 80-200. It just awesome.


    P.S. if you are looking for great portraits, the 50mm 1.4 is another great lens.

    GL!
    Nikon D1H
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    Sigma 18-200 DC EX
    Nikkor 50mm 1.8
    Nikkor 50mm 1.4
    Nikkor 80-200 AFD 2.8
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    Lens Baby 3G
    Sigma 10-20 HSM DC EX
    Tokina 100-300 f2.8
    Sigma 50-500 HSM RF EX
    Nikon SB-600
    Nikon SB-800 x 2

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    a few questions
    how much better is the nikon 50mm 1.4 then the 50mm 1.8 version?
    how about some samples images of the 80-200 f2.8 low light no flash shots please!!
    sony A300
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    Sony SAL 11-18
    Sony 35 1.8

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    For sample shots of ANY lens or camera go to PBase.com and just browse for what youre looking for.
    Jason

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    A bunch of Nikon stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcon View Post
    For sample shots of ANY lens or camera go to PBase.com and just browse for what youre looking for.
    Or any one of the huge number of Flickr Groups dedicated to even the most obscure lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoeytennis View Post
    well im gettig a raise soon and in the meantime ill be looking to get one really really sweet lens.
    i hear the 18-200 nikon vr 3.5 is the best lens for under a grand any other ideas?
    ps-im using the lens for eveyrthing so i dont have to lug around more then one lens.
    It sounds like you answered your own question, if you want only one lens then the 18-200vr would be the all-in-one to get.
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    Here's a sneak peek at the 80-200mm f/2.8 with indoor basketball, NO flash. I'd go with what Wowzer said and buy this lens used and the other two other fast zoom lenses, which will work just as good in low light.
    Nikon D300
    Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
    Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 AF-D (70-200mm f/2.8 VR soon)
    Nikon SB600 (SB800 soon)
    Nikon MB-D10 grip
    Sekonic L-358
    Bogan/Manfrotto 055xprob tripod

    Canon AE-1 Program
    Canon FD 50mm f/1.8
    CPC 2x Teleconverter
    CPC Phase 2 CCT 80-200 f/4.5
    CPC Phase 2 CCT 28mm Macro f/2.8

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    It depends on what you want to do :)

    Well if you want a do it all lens then your best bet is the 18-200mm VR, but for my line of work a lil bit above the 1,000 bucks is the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4, and a lil bit below the price tag is the Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8

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