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Equivalent of Nikkor 18-200

Radmzad RV , Oct 21, 2009; 05:39 a.m.

Hello:
Can someone help with the equivalents, either in Tamron or Sigma, of Nikkor 18-200 VR lens. Also please share the price, experiences and the lens performance. I cannot afford Nikkor 18-200 VR.
Please help.
Thanks,
Rad

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Tom Pernal , Oct 21, 2009; 06:22 a.m.

Rad:
Have you considered buying an 18-200VR on eBay? I have currently a 6 lens + (1) teledapter collection. My 300 f/4, 70-200 VR f/2.8, 17-55 f2.8 and 1.7 AF-s teledapter were all purchased used on eBay. That's over 1/2 of my collection
They all look, feel, and work as new. I have an amazing array and not a single regret.

Radmzad RV , Oct 21, 2009; 06:30 a.m.

Thanks Tom. I live in India where eBay doesnt sell lenses. That said, I am looking for a third-party equivalent of Nikkor 18-200 VR, since Nikkor is too expensive for my budget.

Tasos Sotirakis , Oct 21, 2009; 06:56 a.m.

Both Sigma and Tamron have equivalent lenses, the Tamron one goes even longer. Check them out here:
http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/sigma_18-200_3p5-6p3_os_n15/
http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/tamron_18-270_3p5-6p3_vc_n15/

Ray RG , Oct 21, 2009; 07:47 a.m.

Hi,

I have Tamron 18-200mm with built-in-motor version for Nikon and I liked it very much it's sharp and light weight and cheap too. The downfall *I* think is, it is slow ( f/6.3 at 200mm length ) sometimes in low-light and it does not have VR. If you are going to use it mainly in the day-light outdoor IMO this lens to get.
This may help others too...

Focal Length Widest Aperture
18mm f3.5
25mm f3.8
28mm f4.0
32mm f4.2
38mm f4.5
48mm f4.8
52mm f5.0
65mm f5.3
75mm f5.6
105mm f6.0
150mm f6.3

So if you under 75mm during indoor/low-light shooting you should be good, I guess.

(link)

I hope it helps,
Ray Gosalia

Peter Hamm , Oct 21, 2009; 08:38 a.m.

Depending on the camera you have, a better alternative might be the Nikkor 18-70 or 18-105 or 18-135. The problem with the third party lenses is that f6.3 is way too slow for AF in any but the very best lighting. A used (or even new) 18-70 is quite affordable, balances well and is just an awesome little lens.

Keith Aldrich , Oct 21, 2009; 01:15 p.m.

I've played with the Tamron 18-270, and even at 270 in crappy light the autofocus worked really well. I was surprised. The VC was nothing short of amazing, I got sharp photos at 270 and 1/15th-1/30th.

If I had to choose, I would go with the Tamron.

Kari Vierimaa , Oct 21, 2009; 04:44 p.m.

Unfortunately Tamron is also the most expensive third party alternative. For a reason it seems, but still.
Photozone.de rated it equal / tad better than Canon 18-200 IS. Sample shots are not bad at all considering the immense focal range.

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