A&P Nikon 16-85 or 18-200?

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  1. fhfn2000

    fhfn2000 New Member

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    I'm torn. I have a D60 with a kit 18-55, and I'm going to Thailand in the fall. I figured some nicer glass would be appropriate.

    I want to travel light, so I want just one lens that will pretty much cover everything on my trip.

    The 16-85 is supposed to have superior image quality, but I keep thinking the extra reach will come in handy.

    Help!
     
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    Image quality is good, but getting the shot you want is better. imo.
     
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    Of the two, I'd go with the 16-85.
     
  4. dmora

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    I traveled around Australia just recently and i used the 17-55 almost exclusively.
    I would suggest keeping the lens you have and get a really fast prime if you're on a budge. Like a 50mm 1.4. The reason being is that the only times i ever needed something with longer range was if i was watching a show/play, or wanted to get a shot of some architecture that was very far away, or wild life.

    As well there were times when i had very low light situations and i had to go to the 85mm cause its 1.4 aperture was very handy. In most cases tho the 17-55's f2.8 was sufficient.

    You can get good shots from the kit lens the only thing that will hold you back really is light availibilty (lack of fast aperture) and range. And range is less of a problem than you would expect.


    Also one thing to consider is renting a nice lens.
     
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    From my experiences, trying to switch lenses while traveling sucks donkey dick.

    Go with the 18-200 and you won't have to worry about anything.
     
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    I you just want to carry one lens....THIS.
     
  7. tenplanescrashing

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    I agree. While I may be different, i'm more looking for good shots of my travels, not my attempt at getting a creative shot. For that, a prime will not be a main lens for me ever.

    The 18-200 isn't a horribly great lens, but it isn't a horribly bad lens either. Get it and call it a day.
     
  8. dmora

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    This is true. Having to switch lenses kind of sucked but it didnt really stop me from getting "the shot". Scenery didnt really move. :p

    But the 18-200 is the end all be all of "walking around" lens.
     
  9. fhfn2000

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    I read the 18-200 (when fully extended) will cause a shadow if I use the D60's onboard flash.

    You think it'll be much of an issue?
     
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    Can't say for sure. Most larger lenses are going to interfere with the flash a little bit :dunno:
     
  11. tenplanescrashing

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    Yes, it will. Any lens larger than the kit lens (at least larger than the 18-70 was) will interfere with the flash towards the bottom of your frame.

    External flashes are your friend
     
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    but if you are shooting something that is that far away will your popup flash be suffiicent for that distance anyway?
     
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    18-200 is okay if you're not a pixel peeper. also, try to stop down from wide open and you'll get better results. it's a convenient, light weight travel lens.

    don't worry about the flash thing, you'll rarely/never be using a flash at 200mm anyway.
     
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    Thanks for all the tips! I ordered my 18-200 today.
    Should be here before the weekend!
     
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    It's been in my experience that unless I'm going on safari, the wide end of lenses are best suited for travel photography as opposed to the tele end.

    Therefore my vote goes to the 16-85mm.
     

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