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  1. #1
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    Long telephoto lens for a nikon d90

    Hi,

    Does anyone have a good recomendation for a "QUALITY" compact wide angle/telephoto lens I could use on the Nikkon D90 body that I can manually zoom from say 28 mm to over 400 mm? All the while focusing would be done by the cameras electronics. I wish to buy only one lens so I dont have to keep switching optics.

    I have been working with an older Panasonic DMC FZ50 camera which has the single wide angle/long zoom lens. Basically this is a 10 megapixle 12X point and shoot camera which has a small sensor and lot of noise past ISO 100.

    I would like to step up to a much better SLR camera and camera sensor and a similar wide angle/telephoto single lens.

    All recomendations considered.

    Thanks, Tom

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    Tamron has an 18-270 VC and a 28-300 VC. Keep in mind the D90's crop factor when choosing one. Also know that you're cutting down on a lot of the advantages of a DSLR by never changing lenses.

    Edit: Nikon also has an 18-200 VR
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  3. #3
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    A two lens combination will out perform any single extreme lens option.

    Anyway adding to the lens Lukas mentioned there is also the Sigma and Tamron 18-200 lens.
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  4. #4
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    Tamron 28-300 VC.
    Nikon D300 | Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 | Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm VR | Nikkor AF 35mm f/2 D | SB-600 | Lowepro Voyager C | Lowepro Slingshot 300 AW

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    Nikkor AF 35mm f/2 D - Like New (FX compatible)

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    Nikkor AF-S 17-55 f/2.8
    Nikkor AF-S 70-200 f/4 VRII
    Tokina AF 11-16 f/2.8
    SB-900 (2)
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    New Tripod

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    Depends how much image quality and how much convenience you want.

    The image from a 28-300 Tamron or Nikon 18-200VR could be all you want. Or several lenses if you want to chase incrementally better image quality.

    I started with the 18-200VR (which is the quality all in one lens you're asking for) and took a year to decide I wanted slightly better images.

    Have a look around at images you like here and other photo sites and see which lenses people are using. Look for sharpness, colour accuracy etc. If you're using firefox as your browser there's a plugin to let you right click on an image and see the exif data it was taken with (ie lens, apperture etc).

    I like the reviews at this site
    http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikkor-aps-c-lens-tests
    Last edited by Dread Pirate Roberts; 01-10-2009 at 09:21 PM.
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  6. #6
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    DPR, I thought the 28-300 was better than the 18-200? You lose the wide end but you can't have it all.

    I think Magnetman is going to have to learn that the hard way (as we all have).
    Nikon D300 | Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 | Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm VR | Nikkor AF 35mm f/2 D | SB-600 | Lowepro Voyager C | Lowepro Slingshot 300 AW

    For Sale:
    Nikkor AF 35mm f/2 D - Like New (FX compatible)

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    Nikkor AF-S 17-55 f/2.8
    Nikkor AF-S 70-200 f/4 VRII
    Tokina AF 11-16 f/2.8
    SB-900 (2)
    Umbrellas
    New Tripod

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    I'm speaking from a position of ignorance on the tammie, I thought the consensus was not great but thats maybe from people I don't know.

    It's still about an 11:1 zoom ratio so I wouldn't expect it to be better.
    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
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  8. #8
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    I got no personal experience what-so-ever but i'd recommend the Nikkor 18-200VR for an all around lens. It seems to have pretty good quality and a good zoom range.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/14807929@N05/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnetman View Post
    I would like to step up to a much better SLR camera and camera sensor and a similar wide angle/telephoto single lens.

    All recomendations considered.
    OK since you want a much better SLR camera why cripple it with a single super zoom? sorry I'm really not having a go, but I think at least a two zoom solution will really take better advantage of that new SLR and sensor..

    I suppose you could get a Nikon 18-200VR to cover most of it, or a tamron 18-270 (which is not a great option, too much compromise)..

    Personally I would recommend maybe a Tamron 17-50/2.8 for wide angle to normal (the screw drive version) and maybe a Nikon 70-300 VR.. gives more reach than the nikon 18-200vr, 2.8 for wide to normal, 100mm more reach and better quality IMO...

    Of course if you are set on a one lens option then I agree with a few people here that the Nikon 18-200VR is probably the best option..
    Last edited by jeisner; 01-13-2009 at 04:39 AM.
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  10. #10
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    Almost everyone on this site who had an 18-200 VR sold it and moved on...what does that tell you?
    Nikon D300 | Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 | Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm VR | Nikkor AF 35mm f/2 D | SB-600 | Lowepro Voyager C | Lowepro Slingshot 300 AW

    For Sale:
    Nikkor AF 35mm f/2 D - Like New (FX compatible)

    Wish List
    Nikkor AF-S 17-55 f/2.8
    Nikkor AF-S 70-200 f/4 VRII
    Tokina AF 11-16 f/2.8
    SB-900 (2)
    Umbrellas
    New Tripod

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