A&P Nikon Crew: Worth it to ditch my 18-55 kit for a 18-70?

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by TurkeyChicken, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. TurkeyChicken

    TurkeyChicken New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2003
    Messages:
    42,913
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Albuquerque, NM
    I hear the kit lens on the new nikons are tons better than the D50 kit lens. Would it be worth it to basically buy the kit lens for the newer cameras... or would it be worth it to spend a few hundred more and get a higher quality one?

    I probably wouldn't buy any time soon... but over the summer I'll probably be looking to upgrade.

    My plan is to have my 10-20, an 18-70 and then a 70-200 or 70-300 by the end of the year :x:


    (already have the 10-20)
     
  2. ftslogger

    ftslogger OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2002
    Messages:
    6,574
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    CLT
    I broke my 18-55 (dropped it) and I replaced it with the 18-70 (got it used)

    It is 10x better than the 55. TONS. The AF is faster, has IF, metal lens mount, and is much more solidly built. I love mine. It is certianly worth the upgrade.
     
  3. ftslogger

    ftslogger OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2002
    Messages:
    6,574
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    CLT
    Look at the 80-200 f/2.8 AF-D It can be had for under 700 bones used.

    I think its going to be my next zoom purchase.
     
  4. TurkeyChicken

    TurkeyChicken New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2003
    Messages:
    42,913
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Albuquerque, NM

    hmm Interesting :noes:

    I like the f/2.8

    I'm not totally ready to go for the zoom yet. I want to get a more solid mid-range first.
     
  5. TurkeyChicken

    TurkeyChicken New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2003
    Messages:
    42,913
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Albuquerque, NM
    also, that's another thing I don't like about the 18-55... it just feels cheap. Especially after using my Sigma 10-20. The kit lens feels like a fucking toy.

    If the 18-70 feels much better, that's another major plus.
     
  6. Traitor

    Traitor New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2006
    Messages:
    5,548
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Science Crew
    Why stick with a kit lens? I would totally upgrade to something better perhaps the 18-200VR. Thats two lens in one.


    Edit: Im not part of nikon crew so i do not know anything about nikkor lenses

    Edit Edit: Except the 18-55kit, 105 Macro, and 70-300ED That i do own.
     
  7. TurkeyChicken

    TurkeyChicken New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2003
    Messages:
    42,913
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Albuquerque, NM

    hmm, are the images still going to be crisp throughout?


    I'm not sure what the real difference between these two lenses are that make up a $500 dollar difference :eek3:

    http://www.amazon.com/Sigma-18-200m...867841?ie=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1177689096&sr=1-22

    http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-18-200mm-3-5-5-6-ED-IF-Zoom-Nikkor/dp/B000BY52NU

    I guess the sigma goes up to f/6.3 whereas the nikon only goes up to f/5.6
     
  8. Traitor

    Traitor New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2006
    Messages:
    5,548
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Science Crew
    The nikkor has vibration reduction on it. Also build quality, glass quality. Personally I would never buy anything thats not Original Nikon.
     
  9. TurkeyChicken

    TurkeyChicken New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2003
    Messages:
    42,913
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Albuquerque, NM

    :eek4:

    I like my sigma 10-20 :dunno:

    I'll have to see what my price range is in a few months when I'm actually ready to buy
     
  10. Traitor

    Traitor New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2006
    Messages:
    5,548
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Science Crew
    I guess you could call me an elitist/sackrider. :o

    But the 18-200 would save you from having both 18-70 and 70-300, Just the convenience alone is worth it to me.
     
  11. TurkeyChicken

    TurkeyChicken New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2003
    Messages:
    42,913
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Albuquerque, NM

    yeah, that's true. and it's probably about the same as getting both, maybe a hundred or so more
     
  12. ftslogger

    ftslogger OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2002
    Messages:
    6,574
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    CLT
    I am seriously considering the 18-200, but I think since I already have the 18-70, I will go with a fast lens. The 80-200 f/2.8 AF-D will do better for me indoors...I think I need the faster lens for shooting weddings. Its only like 100 bucks cheaper than retail for the 18-200 VR.

    That will yeild me two fast lens and one medium.....

    Time to save up for the beast or the 17-55 f/2.8 and the 70-200 f/2.8 VR
     
  13. SenenCito

    SenenCito OT Supporter

    Joined:
    May 21, 2002
    Messages:
    15,530
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    New York, NY
    I was in orlando last weekend and I noticed quite a few people with the 18-200..its like the absolute perfect vacation lens
     
  14. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2006
    Messages:
    17,737
    Likes Received:
    55
    the 18-200 is the best case scenerio. I'd LOVE to get that lens...

    However, I have the 18-70 and LOVE it.

    If I had to use the 18-55, I'd quit photography.
     
  15. Traitor

    Traitor New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2006
    Messages:
    5,548
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Science Crew

    :noes:
     
  16. fatass

    fatass New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2004
    Messages:
    4,314
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yep, word is that the 18-200 is pretty much the overall best lens if you aren's sure exactly what you'll be shooting, or if you'll be shooting lots of different things.
     
  17. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2006
    Messages:
    17,737
    Likes Received:
    55
    I hated it. absolutly LOATHED using it.

    Good thing it was only on a friends camera, and only for a couple days...

    The 18-70 feels like a pro lens in comparison.
     
  18. ftslogger

    ftslogger OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2002
    Messages:
    6,574
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    CLT
    :werd: :stupid:
     
  19. CombatWombat

    CombatWombat oh shit, zombies bro

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2007
    Messages:
    1,751
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    UK
    I would definately suggest skipping to a better lens, something nice and fast, most likely looking for a 28-100mm f/2.8 or something. By the sounds of it, that would benefit you most.
     
  20. FusionZ06

    FusionZ06 /\__/\__/\__0>

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2004
    Messages:
    86,918
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Sunshine State
    No...

    Upgrade from 18-55 to 18-70 is mediocre
     
  21. FusionZ06

    FusionZ06 /\__/\__/\__0>

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2004
    Messages:
    86,918
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Sunshine State
    [​IMG]

    The 18-200vr is sex I :love: mine
     
  22. TurkeyChicken

    TurkeyChicken New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2003
    Messages:
    42,913
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Albuquerque, NM

    hmmm, it's looking more and more like this is the better choice :noes:
     
  23. FusionZ06

    FusionZ06 /\__/\__/\__0>

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2004
    Messages:
    86,918
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Sunshine State
    It's awesome....

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  24. cheesesauce

    cheesesauce RAPE RAPE RAPE RAPE RAPE RAPE RAPE RAPE RAPE RAPE

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2005
    Messages:
    6,519
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Florida, son

    deeply offended
     
  25. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2006
    Messages:
    17,737
    Likes Received:
    55
    me too. Who the F drinks bud? :ugh:


    Yeah, the 18-200 is the BEST choice.

    And I suppose since you're gonna be shelling out some $$ either way, minus whale get it...

    I got my 18-70 with the kit, and I wouldn't have gotten my camera if I could only get the 18-55.
     

Share This Page