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Old 09-06-2009   #1
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hi guys,

i'm thinking of getting either the 18-70mm or the 18-105mm vr and just wanted to gather opinions on which was a better option. For use on either a D40 or D200

i already have:

55-200mm VR
70-300mm VR

i like the VR ability in the above lenses but it's less likely to be helpful over shorter focal lengths. is the newer design in the 18-105 an all round better lense, is it a step up from the 18-70?

thanks in advance

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i have both the 18-70 and the 18-105 VR , i like that both have ED glass , the 18-105 has more reach but the 18-70 wins on build quality and the zoomring and better (read more) lightsensativity but than the 18-105 wins with VR and has the same light sensativity as the 18-55 VR does 3.5-5.6

on what i have shot now i claim the 18-70 A grade and the 18-105 B+ so really close win for the 18-70

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ps both are great lenses i just recenty bought the 18-105 vr can tell you more next weekend when the Brugges shoot is behind me ..
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Default Re: which to get ? nikon 18-70mm or 18-105mm vr

I can't vouch for the image quality of the 18-105, but I can for both the 18-70 and the 16-85 VR, and I would suggest you look at the latter if VR is important to you.

The 18-70 could very well be the best "kit lens" Nikon ever produced. It is widely available in excellent used condition, and would be a lot cheaper than a 16-85.

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indeed the 18-70 is a highly underestimated lense by some people .. it is by far better than the average kitlense..
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it looks like the 18-70 is the winner and a bargain used

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Default Re: which to get ? nikon 18-70mm or 18-105mm vr

I had the same debate between the Nikon 18-70 and the Sigma 17-70. I chose the latter in the end and I'm quite pleased, especially with the "macro" capabilities. It's marketed as a macro lens, which isn't quite true in the strictest sense, but still allows you to get a couple of centimeters away from your subject at 70mm. Here's an example:



My friend's face was practically touching the lens.
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vr is not the end all item. get the 17-55 f2.8
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Or the tamron 17-50. Also getting good reviews.
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thanks for all your input. decided to go with the 18-70 and picked up a mint used copy off ebay that arrived today, i'll be out playing with it sunday all beeing well.
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it still is a "killer lens"i will never sell mine


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