Been struggling about picking for a new Zoom/All Rounded Lens for the Camera… The lacking VR function and the limited zoom range of my good old Nikon 18-70mm were the main priority of the switching.
During a long and continuos reading for the reviews about all the Nikon, Sigma, Tamron Lens, I have came up with the New 1) Nikon 16-85mm VR or the 2) Nikon 18-200mm VR. Both of them selling at a similar price, HK$4800 vs HK$5280
1) The Nikon 16-85mm VR:
Newer (Introduced in 2008), Brighter Images and Lighter in Weight and most important of all, I could use back my 67mm B+W UV MRC Filter and The B+W Circular Polarizer MRC!
Expensive. Distortion at the 16mm range. Expensive for its zoom range ability!
2) The Nikon 18-200mm VR:
Nice Zoom Range for most situation, Highly praised by lots of users around the world too! Relevant to a 300mm zoom lens on a FX! Best all rounded lens with great value for the money.
Older (Introduced in 2006). Bigger! Longer! Heavier! (But who doesn’t like being longer?). The need to buy new UV filter and Circular Polarizer (which is another HK$1000 on those!) Softer Images vs the 16-85mm and it’s less wide comparing to it too!
The final decision came to mind. The Nikon 18-200mm
For HK$5300 I brought the Nikon 18mm-200mm home from Mong Kok. I believe that its a very good deal! For the more usable zoom range for the perfect moment. I am a slow lens changer… and I rather spend my time with my trip companion (Pauline) than to switch and switch and switch in between lens! I am not the lens slave!