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1. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 9y

I am considering one of the following 2 lenses (have standard 18-55mm one at the mo):

55-200mm/f4.5-6 AF-S VR DX or 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G AF-S VR IF.

Is it worth paying the extra 100 pounds or so for the 300mm lens. Any advice would be much appreciated as i don't intend buying too many lenses, so i'm happy to pay a little more if i need to.


2. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

I don't think anyone can tell you what you should do. How much is 100mm worth to you ? How long is a piece of string ?

You can try and rent or borrow one of these lenses for a few days and shoot your favourite subjects. Then you can decide for yourself what you want to spend your money on.

3. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 9y

Thanks Q, unfortunately i don't think i'll have the luxury of renting or borrowing. I think the best i can do is take the camera into a shop and have a play, see how comfortable each one feels, and then make a decision from there.

4. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

Yes, I think that's your best play. I also suggest going to a more professional shop. Those shops most of the time will allow you to trade in a lens for a different one. Provided you keep the packaging neat and bring it back according their conditions of sale. You might tryout the cheaper lens first, then trade it in for the more expensive one. Being able to make more money might be an incentive for them to take back the first lens. But I don't think you will have problems if you tried it the other way around either. Good luck.

5. Posted by rborzillo (Budding Member 84 posts) 8y

I have a Nikon D40 with the standard 18-55 mm. For my travels I am considering the 55-200mm or go with the 18-200 mm for convience purposes of not having to change lenses all the time. I found a good deal on the 18-200 for $480 vs. $250 for the 55-200mm. Any suggestions???


6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 8y

I'd go with the 18-200; the convenience really isn't to be underestimated.
Except I don't for a minute believe that that $480 deal is real. Might be real if it's used, but not otherwise. Way and far too low, especially with the lens still being so popular it's regularly sold out. Sounds like a bait 'n switch kind of deal. Is the store offering it based in Brooklyn? (If so, don't even bother following up.) Make certain to google the store name in combination with other search phrases such as "bait 'n switch", "scam", etc.

Uhm. Oh! Or this could be a (non-VR) Sigma 18-200, or something. IMO the VR is absolutely essential on the long end. It's only the Nikon 18-200 VR which everyone's been raving about, not the cheap knockoffs.

7. Posted by rborzillo (Budding Member 84 posts) 8y


I was thinking the same thing too! How could this lense that sells for $750 somehow be $300 less...unless it "fell off the back of a truck" I stumbled upon this legit do you all think this site is? But I was leaning towards your answer as well...paying more to get convience...


8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 8y

Heh. I don't even need to follow the link. I recognize the URL as being exactly like those of all the other bait 'n switch shops. (Following it after all, it takes one click to "About Us" to find out that yup, they're based in Brooklyn.)
2420 hits on google for "bestpricecameras scam", 1080 hits for "bestpricecameras bait".

There is absolutely zero chance these people will sell you that lens for less than market value; they'll call you to "confirm your order", try to upsell, and unless you buy at least $500 worth of additional stuff you don't need for about three times what it's worth, you simply will never hear from them again (though they might charge your creditcard just for the heck of it!)

Also see their straight run of negative reviews on resellerratings (they have a six month rating of 0.14 out of 10), and the massive amount of bad reviews at the BetterBusinessBureau. (Where you can also see they've operated under like a dozen similarly named domains; all of which will have similar amounts of bad reviews.)

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 3, 2007, at 10:22 AM by Sander ]

9. Posted by rborzillo (Budding Member 84 posts) 8y

Well thank you for helping my avoid this scam...I've always shied away from eBay in the past, but this seems like a shadier opperation. I guess it always pays to know what you getting! But with that said, I'll look into the 18-200mm at a real store!

10. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 8y

I'm in agreement with Sander about the added value of VR and the quality of OEM lenses. However, a new Tamron 18-250mm especially designed for the D40 & D40x was just announced this morning that you might want to take a look at:


I have one Tamron and one Sigma, and between the two I definitely prefer the build quality of Tamron lenses.