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D40 + Nikkon 18-200mm OR D200 + Sigma 18-200mm
Hey fellows,.

I'm gonna get my first DSLR (although I have quite some experience with the D70s from my father) and my budget is around 1'200$. I absolutely don't want to handle two lenses, so I need one 18-200mm. Having read many reviews and comparisons, I came to two options:.

Either the Nikon D40 with the Nikkon 18-200mm VR lens - costs around 1'180$.

OR.

The D200 plus a "cheap" Sigma 18-200mm lens - costs around 1'200$.

The Sigma lens I'm looking at is this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007U0GZC/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top.

As both options are in the same price range, it boils down to this question:.

Would you rather recommend buying an excellent lens (Nikon) and an average Camera (D40) OR an exellent camera (D200) and an average lens (Sigma)?.

Thanks you very much for a pro advice!Best regardssean..

Comments (8)

The Nikon 18-200 lens is not particularly special.In this instance go for the D200 and take a look at the Tamron 18-250mm lens.It is better than both the other lenses.PJT..

Comment #1

Wombat 52 wrote:.

The Nikon 18-200 lens is not particularly special.In this instance gofor the D200 and take a look at the Tamron 18-250mm lens.It is betterthan both the other lenses..

The Nikon is special in the sense that it is stabilized. The Tamron is certainly a better option than the Sigma, but I don't know how it stacks up against the Nikon optically. No superzoom can truthfully claim superior IQ though..

Looking at it from what I shoot, for that budget I'd pick up a used K10d and the Tamron (which is sensor stabilized in that mount). Cost about a grand for the pair..

Between the two options you presented, I'd don't know what I'd do. Stabilization is very useful on lenses this slow, but there are better optical options out there. The 18-200 VR would be a bit of a monster on the little D40 as well. I'd probably be looking at a D80 with an 18-70..

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Comment #2

If you could swing it, go with the Sigma 17-70 instead of the tourist zoom. ??.

Http://cameras.pricegrabber.com/...sigma%2017-70%20nikon/st=product/sv=title/..

Comment #3

Rather than the Sigma lens you noted and the Nikon 18-200mm VR, consider the Sigma 18-200mm DC OS. It's got image stabilization like the Nikon and performs very well, IMO. It is not simply the Sigma lens you linked with image stabilization added, it's a new design with different optics.My humble photo gallery: http://ntotrr.smugmug.com.

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Comment #4

I'd stick with the choice you made of the D40 and the 18-200 vr. Both will serve you for a long time and give excellent results right out of the box.Cheers, Craig..

Comment #5

Isn't the D40 manual focus only with that lens?Richard..

Comment #6

Sphexx wrote:.

Isn't the D40 manual focus only with that lens?Richard.

No, the D40 autofocuses with all AF-S lenses, including Nikon's 18-200...

Comment #7

Thanks for the infos..

I'll get the D40/Nikon 18-200mm combination..

There's a great article on this question. Verdict: go for the lens.

Http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/lens-or-camera.htm.

Thankssean..

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