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Nikon DX 18-200 VR vs 18-55 + 55-200 VR vs 18-135
I'm new to photography and I'm interested in the Nikon D80. I'm however unsure what lens(es) to get myself to start out with. The Nikon DX 18-135 looks like a good option, as I'm probably going to photograph a wide range of subjects (people, landscapes, wildlife etc.) I read however that several /img/avatar4.jpgs are having autofocus issues with this lens. Then there is the far more expensive 18-200. A really nice lens, but very expensive and some complain of barrel distortion (what is that exactly?). Also, is it significantly better than buying the 18-55 and 55-200 lenses? Shouldn't there be less distortion with the seperate lenses? Also, how does the autofocus on the two compare.

As far as I know none of these lenses have a macro function. Should I rather look at lenses with a macro function, or should I rather get one of these and later get a proper macro lens? Any suggestions for a good macro lens?Thanks..

Comments (5)

Hello..

For starters you will enjoy the 18-135..

Remember that most reviews are at the end comparing a 400 dollar lens to a 10 000 dollar lens..

Now if there was a place that compared 400 dollar lenses to other 400$ ones then this 18-135 would be towards if not on the top 2,...

Buy that (or the 18-70)as a kit with the d80. And buy yourself a third party macro lens. Since you really want that..

Then save up and later buy a longer zoom (80-200+) lens. Also remember that your d80 will auto focus with older lenses. So be on the look out for those at flee markets pawnshops.. where ever..

The 18-200 isnt a perfect lens. But it is very very good and very convenient to carry only one lens with vr around. So for travelers or light packers this is a recommended lens..

Now if you dont mind carrying more then one. then yes you are better off buying two. 18-70, 70-200, 200-400 etc..

For terms..

Have a look herehttp://www.camerapedia.org/wiki/Lenses.

" Barrel Distortion-.

When straight lines bow out towards the edge of the frame (like the profile of a barrel) it is known as barrel distortion. This is typically found to some extent at the wide end of many zoom lenses..

Pin cushion Distortion-.

When straight lines bow in from the frame edge it is known as pin cushioning. This is typically found at the long end of zoom lenses"..

Comment #1

.... all long-range zooms (like 18-135, 18-200) will show barrel or pincushion distortion. However it can be fixed with Photoshop Elements so don;t worry about it. Usually it isn't visible unless you have straight lines at the edge of the picture, like this....

(ignore the colour correction and look at the pillars before / after - takes 30 seconds)..

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Mike..

Comment #2

... looking at it again I've turned barrel distortion into pincushion distortion, which comes of doing it after a glass of wine. But I'm sure you get the idea..

Mike..

Comment #3

Thanks anyways. Now I actually understand (a rare occurrence)..

Comment #4

George,.

I don't personal experience with these lenses but I suggest you check them out on http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/index.html. They do a very good job of testing lenses..

Based on a quick browse through these lenses on photozone, my inclination would be to go with the 18-135. I would prefer to see you avoid the 18-55DX, it is really a bottom end consumer lens of poor build quality..

Regards,Brent.

George86 wrote:.

I'm new to photography and I'm interested in the Nikon D80. I'mhowever unsure what lens(es) to get myself to start out with. TheNikon DX 18-135 looks like a good option, as I'm probably going tophotograph a wide range of subjects (people, landscapes, wildlifeetc.) I read however that several owners are having autofocus issueswith this lens. Then there is the far more expensive 18-200. A reallynice lens, but very expensive and some complain of barrel distortion(what is that exactly?). Also, is it significantly better than buyingthe 18-55 and 55-200 lenses? Shouldn't there be less distortion withthe seperate lenses? Also, how does the autofocus on the two compare.Lastly, I'm also interested in macro photography.

Should I rather look atlenses with a macro function, or should I rather get one of these andlater get a proper macro lens? Any suggestions for a good macro lens?Thanks..

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