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Old    Chad Wheeler (malibu73)      Join Date: Jun 2006       05-21-2008, 11:18 AM Reply   
I want a lens that has close up and some reach. I will use it for parties, walking around, and wakeboarding. The bottom line I really want the Nikkor 18-200mm but i can't afford it.

Next choice is either the nikon 18-135 or a sigma 18-200 lens

Which is better? I know the nikon doesn't get that good of review, but don't know much about the sigma. All of these lens look the same to me and its really hard for me to research them as I don't know which I'm looking at.

There are several different sigma 18-200 at different prices on eBay, which would be the best one? I'm wanting to spend about 300-400 and would probably spring 500 for the 18-200MM nikkor if I can find it (I've found 2 on eBay but missed them by a couple of seconds).
Old    Peter_C (peter_c)      Join Date: Sep 2001       05-21-2008, 11:42 AM Reply   
Register for www.nikonians.org then look at this deal for an 18-200mm Nikkor. $580 shipped is pretty cheap. Might be a little more than you want to spend, but at least you will not be spending it twice...until you want a 70-200mm F2.8.

Edit:
Use bid-o-matic or some other type of auto bid system for ebay. Everyone else does...why shouldn't you?

There are tons of websites with great reviews. (FWIW many hate Ken Rockwell) Thom Hogan has decent reviews. http://www.bythom.com/

(Message edited by Peter_C on May 21, 2008)
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       05-21-2008, 8:17 PM Reply   
I had that Sigma, don't know about using it on a Nikon but it's AF was worthless on 2 different Canon bodies. It just hunted constantly in anything but bright light.

Check out the Tamron 18-250, it's pretty decent.

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