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  1. #1
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    New lens: 55-200mm vr vs. 50-150mm f/2.8

    I have a D50 with the kit lens and a 50mm f/1.8. I've used these 2 for awhile, but now I want something with a little more zoom. I'd like something that works well in low light, but not necessarily moving subjects (where vr wouldn't be much help). Which would be better, the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 or the Nikon 55-200mm VR?

    I really like my 50mm 1.8, and the Sigma sounds like a good zoom option for low light, but it's a big premium.
    Last edited by phatpat; 12-10-2007 at 07:06 PM.

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    You seem to know the answer already since you mentioned VR doesn't help with low light.
    If I can't or don't want to use the flash inside the house, the 55-200 F/4.5-5.6 would have been useless. It's the condition when the Sigma 50-150 can just get 1/30sec at widest F/2.8, ISO1600.
    Nikon D90, D80
    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

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    As you can see below it's pretty hard to get any decent shots with the 55-200VR so I would stay well away from that lens!












    Seriously this lens is a steal at the price Nikon want for it. It's no 70-200VR but for a couple of hundred dollars you can't go wrong AND it's got 30% more reach than the Sigma.

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    I can't fault those shots K1W1, but what about in low light and inside the house as required by OP?
    Nikon D90, D80
    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

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    Where does the OP mention inside a house?
    The OP has a 50mm 1.8 so I'm not sure of a circumstance inside a house where you couldn't use the old feet propelled zoom to get closer rather than investing in a expensive lens that is slower (than the 50mm) just to save shoe leather.
    The 50-200VR really is a steal. The OP could invest in that lens and see whether it does the job. If it doesn't it would be easy to sell at little or no financial loss to fund the Sigma.
    On the other hand it's not practicable to buy the Sigma then find that you need more reach and have to sell it or buy another lens to get the extra reach.

  6. #6
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    it doesn't do real well in low light if you can't use a flash - this from experience as I have the lens, expecially if your target is moving, it just isn't fast enough.

    it is a good lens, especially at the price, as K1W1 already said. VR and AF for the D40 is a steal for me.
    Nikon D40 18-55mm kit
    Nikkor AF-S DX VR 55-200mm f/4 -f/5.6
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    Quote Originally Posted by K1W1 View Post
    Where does the OP mention inside a house?
    ...
    Alright... he mentioned low light. Inside a house is my own word - still means very low light.
    Nikon D90, D80
    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

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    How low is low as in light?
    How about 8pm (just after sunset) in the shade @ 200mm and ISO800 and about a 50% crop?


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    What shutter speed is that? There is no exif data.
    Nikon D90, D80
    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

  10. #10
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    Just to clarify, low-light, no flash is key. I'd rather have more light and less reach, honestly.

    I know they are both solid lenses. Does VR help at low light or not? I got the impression for a stationary subject, I could use a longer shutter speed with VR.
    Last edited by phatpat; 12-10-2007 at 07:02 PM.

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