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18-135mm vs 55-200mmVR
I have got 18-135mm and planning to sell and buy 55-200mmVR instead.

Am I making the right decision?.

Which is better than the other.

Thanks.

P.S. My camera is D80..

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I have no intimate knowledge of these lenses, but I believe they are similar in build quality and image quality..

Even if they weren't, you are contemplating a pretty serious change in available focal lengths. If this is to be your only lens then I'd say stick with the 18-135 as you'll probably want wider than 55mm at times. But only you can say that for sure..

These two would make a pretty decent pair as they cover a wide range (18-200) in a two lens kit. And in spite of what a lot of people say about the 18-200VR, I can't help but think two lenses would give you better optical performance. (I didn't like the 18-200mmVR I tested out.).

What sort of photos do you like to take? Can you look through what you've shot so far and see where the majority of your shooting takes place? Wide or tele? I know I tend more to the telephoto end, but I still like having a WA lens handy..

But only you can say what's best for you. Know that first, then compare lenses in the same range..

Nikoni wrote:.

I have got 18-135mm and planning to sell and buy 55-200mmVR instead.

Am I making the right decision?.

Which is better than the other.

Chefziggyhttp://www.pbase.com/chefziggy/lecream..

Comment #1

I have got 18-135mm and planning to sell and buy 55-200mmVR instead.

Am I making the right decision?.

Which is better than the other.

Do you understand the significance of the focal length numbers? You will be gaining a small amount of telephoto (by a factor of 1.5) but losing twice the coverage at the wide angle end (by a factor of 3). If this is to be your only lens, stick with the 18-135. If you get the 55-200, you'll need something like an 18-55 as well unless you never need a standard / wide angle lens..

Thanks.

P.S. My camera is D80.

Doesn't make any difference.

Best wishesMike..

Comment #2

Nikoni,.

I'd be interested to know where you feel your 18-135mm currently falls short - is it just that it doesn't have enough telephoto for you, lack of VR or that you hardly ever shoot from 18-55mm etc - if so, the 55-200mm could be a good replacement..

Quality wise, I can't help you re the two - but wouldn't suspect there's a lot of difference..

Lens choice is a complicated business - as Mike mentioned earlier, if you got the 55-200mm, you may feel you need an 18-55mm as well and, if you were going to have 2 lenses and wanted even more telephoto range, a 18-70mm & 70-300mm set up could also be worth thinking about!.

As an aside, in the future you could always add to your 18-135mm with something like Sigma's 10-20mm + either of their 120-400mm or 150-500mm (both coming out soon) or, replace it with their 18-200mm - really depends what you want to shoot and how much you want to spend!.

Personally, for "general purpose" reasons alone, I'd stick with the 18-135mm for a while and decide what exactly it's shortcomings are for you and then make your choice..

Regards.....Caster.

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Comment #3

Nikoni wrote:.

I have got 18-135mm and planning to sell and buy 55-200mmVR instead.

Am I making the right decision?.

Probably not..

Which is better than the other?.

18-135mm for general use..

Thanks.

P.S. My camera is D80..

Comment #4

Nikoni wrote:.

I have got 18-135mm and planning to sell and buy 55-200mmVR instead.

Am I making the right decision?.

Which is better than the other.

ThanksP.S. My camera is D80.

I also have the D80, 18-135, 55-200vr.

These 2 lens go great together.They cover different applications,18-135 I use for general use, family functions, parties, take it everywhere.55-200vr I use for shooting soccer( if I did it over I would replace the 55-200vr with the 70-300vr)I also added in the 50mm 1.8.

So you are not making the right decision IMO..

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