A&P Nikon 18-70 or 18-200VR?

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  1. Flank2

    Flank2 New Member

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    I just got a D70 kit which came with the 18-70. I ordered a 18-200 three months ago from Ritz and it finally came.

    I'm trying to figure out if the 18-200 is worth it for the added price over the 18-70. I could get $1000 for the lens on ebay.

    I'm sure a lot of you guys have had the same decision, what did you decide?
     
  2. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    If I had to go with 2 lenses, I'd opt for the 70-200 VR and <insert random wide angle zoom lens) instead of the 18-200, but you do have to change out lenses.
     
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    if you want to have a walk around lens, the 18-200 is the perfect lens. if you want something more powerful, the 70-200 is definitely the way to go and keep the 18-70. depends on your needs.
     
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  5. Hua

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    I would cash out that 18-200 right now since it's in demand. I shot a lot of shit for over a year with the 18-70. I found it much more useable than my 70-200 when shooting along the wall of a drag strip.
     
  6. Flank2

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    yea...that's what im thinking hua

    switch to the 18-200 in a year when it's $600 :hs:
     
  7. Devoidarex

    Devoidarex Rexversusu v.2.0

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    I'll be buying the 18-200VR, but I'm waiting for demand and price to drop.

    The 70-200 takes ultra-sharp shots, but it's too expensive and specialized for the amature type shooting I do.
     
  8. Hua

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    I rarely use my 70-200. I've taken it out about 3-4 times since football season.
     
  9. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    What type of stuff do you shoot? I use a Canon body but when I have the space, I use the 70-200 all the time. I get better candid portraits of people when I'm 50 feet away rather than a forced smile when I'm 4 feet away.
     
  10. Hua

    Hua AZN photographer crew

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    Mostly drag racing and car shows. During the fall I'll shoot HS football.
     
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    pelf The Juice Was Worth The Squeeze

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    I have the 18-200 VR and am in Europe traveling right now. It is an awesome walk around lens with a terrific range. Pictures come out great.
    When I get back to the states in August i'm thinking of putting it on ebay, making a small profit, and getting a Tokina 12-24 and the Nikon 18-70. Then when the prices on the 18-200 drop, sell the 18-70 and get the 18-200 VR again. Dont know yet though. I paid 800 for my 18-200VR.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    You don't like the 70-200 for drag racing? This focal range is great for capturing burnout shots and launches, especially since you're about 70' away behind the concrete barrier.
     
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    It's not too usable to me except for burnouts. I usually shoot at the wall, so instead of 70' away, I'm only 2'.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    I take some shots at the christmas tree but I still prefer being a distance away and getting the compression effect with a tele lens.
     
  15. yonson

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    I shoot (attempt to at least) drag racing as well, I have a D50, with a 28 - 200 and get some decent shots, but have been looking to upgrade to better glass, and can't decide on the 18 - 200VR or 80 - 200 2.8D ED.

    I have also been trying to decide if I want to upgrade to a D200. The main thing that keeps me from upgrading is that I like to use the Program settings on the D50, however I would love to have the much higher shooting rate of the D200.
     
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    If you shoot stuff that requires the 2.8, then get the 80-200. If not, the 18-200 should be ok.

    The D200 does have a P setting if that is what is stopping you.
     
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    Well, sometimes our races don't finish until dusk, which is the main reason I was looking into a 2.8.

    I was meaning the Digital Vari-Programs, of which the only one I really ever use is the Sports one.
     
  18. Hua

    Hua AZN photographer crew

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    You are not an amateur anymore, you don't need that shit.
     
  19. yonson

    yonson OT sux... OT Supporter

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    Hehe, I guess that is the best way to force myself to learn it the correct way.
     
  20. Airpoppoff

    Airpoppoff Vodka > Racing F1

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    I'd use the 17-55 for drag racing, the 70-200 is too much for that sort of use.

    18-200 is a great lens, I've had one since feb or so, Too bad it took a shit, and i'm waiting for my new one to come in :mad:
     
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    yonson OT sux... OT Supporter

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    Most of the shots I take are in the 100 - 200 range, I don't see how a 17 - 55 would work for what I shoot. I have most of my photos on my site http://yonsonracing.com/pics.php
     
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    Airpoppoff Vodka > Racing F1

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    Whenever I do drag racing, I'm standing right next to the cars at the starting line, So the 18-200 works very well.

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  23. yonson

    yonson OT sux... OT Supporter

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    Yeah, the cars I shoot like to do Wheelies so I usually stand around 60 - 120 feet out or so, on the wall.

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  24. Airpoppoff

    Airpoppoff Vodka > Racing F1

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    Why herro Wherriez
     
  25. yonson

    yonson OT sux... OT Supporter

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    I was looking through your site, you do some very nice work. Your shots look like Art, where as with mine, they just seem like boring pics of cars.
     

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