A&P Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S VR DX

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  1. Mighty_Zeus

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    So, the wife handed me $200 and said 'blow it on something'.

    Of course the first thing that came to mind was...glass!

    B&H reviews are pretty good on this lens ~ but you can never really trust those kind of reviews. Does anyone here have experience with this lens?

    I've got a 70-300, 18-55, 50 1.4, 28-80 ~ so I already have the range covered, but the VR is what is pulling me. It's plastic and DX (already had one DX lens die on me within 4 months), neither of which turn me on, BUT, it's got VR, lol.

    In your experiences, what's the good, what's the bad? I shoot landscape, animals and people mostly. My body is a D-50 :)hs:).
     
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    Meat Popsicle What's that smell? OT Supporter

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    My suggestion would be to sell your 70-300, 18-55, and 28-80 and buy yourself some real glass.
     
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    Meat Popsicle What's that smell? OT Supporter

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    If you shoot landscape you need a 10-20 or a 12-24..whichever you prefer..18 just don't cut it on a 1.5x body. :o
     
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    Or, which might be better yet for you, sell your 70-300, 18-55, and 28-80 and buy an 18-200 VR.
     
  5. Mighty_Zeus

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    :o For what I do it has served me very, very well.

    3 kids and mom stays at home, I have a hard time justifying the cost of real glass atm, but, I live in a small community with very few pro photogs (and fewer still of the 'pros' that are truly worth a fuck) ~ I have been putting serious thoughts into starting up. At which point I would spare no expense.

    I could part with everything but my 50 ~ which I want to replace anyway, it's really loose for some reason.

    I agree with you on the 18 still being long. I have been trying to shop a much shorter lens for the landscapes. The 50 does okay for now though.

    So the 18-200 VRII is the end all huh? I always get meh when I think about it because, in my experience, all-in-one lenses lack the character of lenses that have the more localized zoom range. If I wasn't such a tight ass about glass I'd have all primes :love: But that's in a perfect world.

    Thanks for your input. I would still like to know about the 55-200 VR though.
     
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    Meat Popsicle What's that smell? OT Supporter

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    Don't take my word on it.

    I have no idea what I'm talking about. :o
     
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    I had it, it was ok at best. For 200 bucks its a bargain but you can definitely see why once you try to get good images zoomed in
    Why not keep the $200, sell the 70-300 and look into a used 80-200 2.8?
    after selling your lens and having the $200 bucks, it might only cost you an extra $100 bucks and it will be worth it for sure.

    If not, maybe get a teleconverter or something
     
  8. dmora

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    bloop. +1
     
  9. dmora

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    only zoom lenses you need 17-55 2.8, 70-200 2.0 MAYBE the 10-20 if you do interior/architecturals.

    Then a couple of nice primes. 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.4
     
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    you obviously don't read for crap...the lenses work out for him pretty well considering his situation. he doesn't need the 17-55, the 70-200 would be overkill and the 10-22 is a Canon lens.

    In my opinion, iif he did sell and wanted something different, to get rid of everything and get the 50 f/1.8 instead of the 1.4 for money reasons...get the tokina 12-24 or sigma 10-20 instead of the 18-55 and get the 55-200 VR instead of the 28-80 & the 70-300. $100 + 400 + 200 = $700 on new lenses. Sell 50 1.4 for $250-300, 18-55 & 28-80 for $100/set & 70-300 for $200...with his extra $200, he should break even.

    i assume by your post count quantity > quality but by your response quality > quantity. you're one messed up little boy.
     
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    50 1.4 is only $200

    And the value of the 70-300 depends on if it's the G version or the D version.

    And if he wants a VR telephoto why not spend $400 and get the 70-300 VR instead of the 55-200?

    Here's what I would do..and this would all be upgrading:

    Sell your 18-55, your 28-80, the 70-300

    Buy a used 18-70 for around $200 and buy new or used 70-300 VR for $350-$400.

    You would be covered for all but the widest photos. :o

    If you feel like the 18 isn't wide enough, you could possibly forgo the 18-70 and either buy a sigma 10-20 or tokina 12-24 and use your 50 for the between range..you would just have to step forward or back. :dunno:
     
  12. dmora

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    you shut your god damn whore mouth when men are talking!
    Ohio state son!
     
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    Pretty sound advice actually.

    I had the 18-70, and bought a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8...and then I sold my 18-70, since I bought the 18-200 VR for a trip to Germany (and its my most used lens).

    with two lenses you can be covered from 18-300 range and one has VR...what is not to lose? I prefer fast glass now, since I do wedding stuff....I think that 50mm prime is a must, and I have been looking at a 28mm or something a little wider to compliment the 35-70mm.

    You will probably get NAS quickly, and cry at how much you have spent on glass...I looked at my reciepts from last year, and almost cried...
     
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    :rofl:, that actually made me LOL!
     

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