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Caezar
01-13-2006, 06:32 AM
I just bought the Nikkor 12-24 for my D50. I am going to India in a few weeks and I need to buy another lens to complement the wide-angle lens.

I was thinking the 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor would be the best choice among these alternatives:

18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom-Nikkor
17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor

What do you recommend me to buy?

Caezar

coldrain
01-13-2006, 07:48 AM
While the 12-24 DX is a decent lens, most of the ones you list are nothing special.

The 18-55 kit lens is actually quite ok, some say the 18-70 is better but they may not have experience with both. The 18-70's build quality is better, but optics? I am not sure.

The 55-200 from Nikon is not at all a good lens at 200... a shame, as it performs outstanding at 55mm. Overall the 55-200 from Sigma is better.

The 18-200 VR seems to be a decent lens for its kind, but opticaly nothing special either.... If you find VR important it may be a good choice, but else the Sigma 18-200 will offer similar optical performance for half price.

The 17-55 is a good lens, but quite expensive. The Sigma 18-50 f2.8 EX DC is maybe a better choice, since it is less than half the price?

Since you already have a 12-24, why not go for a Tamron 28-75 f2.8 or Sigma 24-70 f2.8, both good, bot around 400$ I think, both sharp lenses. And pair that up with a Sigma 70-300 APO DG for some tele reach... it will give you a quality 12-300mm (28-450mm) range, it will have a light sensitive middle part when needed... and without adding too much weight for the trip.

erichlund
01-13-2006, 07:59 AM
I just bought the Nikkor 12-24 for my D50. I am going to India in a few weeks and I need to buy another lens to complement the wide-angle lens.

I was thinking the 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor would be the best choice among these alternatives:

18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom-Nikkor
17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor

What do you recommend me to buy?

Caezar
Since you have the 12-24, you have covered the weakest link in the 18-200. Other than the barrel distortion at the low end, I've been very happy with this lens. Frankly, the barrel distortion is something I'm aware of, but hasn't been a problem in the shots I've taken. The 18-70 is also a good lens. I had that when I had a D70. However, it doesn't give you as much range as the 18-200, and if you're going to restrict the range, the 17-55 is the only lens in this group that has Pro glass quality. It has a reputation as a truly exceptional lens among many Nikon shooters over at DPReview. The 18-55 and 55-200 are the weakest links in this set. They are not bad lenses, just built to be economical. You generally have to be most careful about what part of their range you are in with these lenses.

Cheers,
Eric

D70FAN
01-13-2006, 10:24 AM
I just bought the Nikkor 12-24 for my D50. I am going to India in a few weeks and I need to buy another lens to complement the wide-angle lens.

I was thinking the 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor would be the best choice among these alternatives:

18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom-Nikkor
17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor

What do you recommend me to buy?

Caezar

Since you have 12-24 covered I think you would be happier with the AF-S 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 (~$360). There is also an f/2.8-4 D version (not AF-S) of this lens for about $200 more.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?ci=1&sb=ps&pn=1&sq=desc&InitialSearch=yes&O=RootPage.jsp&A=search&Q=*&bhs=t&shs=nikon+24-85

Caezar
01-15-2006, 07:50 AM
Since you have 12-24 covered I think you would be happier with the AF-S 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 (~$360). There is also an f/2.8-4 D version (not AF-S) of this lens for about $200 more.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?ci=1&sb=ps&pn=1&sq=desc&InitialSearch=yes&O=RootPage.jsp&A=search&Q=*&bhs=t&shs=nikon+24-85

Thanks for these pieces of info. I went shopping and all these lenses are available here in Taiwan. I will make my purchase next week-end.

What about the Nikkor 28-105 3.5/4.5? Is it good compared to the other lenses mentioned on this thread? I cannot find any review online.

Caezar

D70FAN
01-15-2006, 08:59 AM
Thanks for these pieces of info. I went shopping and all these lenses are available here in Taiwan. I will make my purchase next week-end.

What about the Nikkor 28-105 3.5/4.5? Is it good compared to the other lenses mentioned on this thread? I cannot find any review online.

Caezar

Sorry, I have not used that lens but here are some samples from Pbase. Anothe lens that might catch tour fancy is the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8. 24mm is my lower limit for digital midrange zooms. But that's just me.

Cold Snail
01-15-2006, 10:32 AM
I've got the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 macro in my bag, it's a great lens for either my D70 or N90s.