I needed 18-200mm, choices were Nikon 18-200mm VR and Sigma 18-200mm DC OS HSM. Nikon being quite expensive at Rs.48000 and Sigma at Rs.32000, I ended up with Nikon 55-200mm VR @ Rs.18000.
I’ll probably be spending the saved money on Nikon 50mm f/1.8 and the D80 successor when it comes out! and I will hopefully be writing a short review of 55-200mm VR very soon 🙂
The reasons i went with 55-200mm are:
- Nikon 18-200mm definitely has a convenience of not changing lenses for shot to shot, but it has some dark corners at 18mm. What if I don’t like that too much?
- Sigma is bit cheap but has the same issues, and it is slow in low light (f/6.3 at 200mm).
- There is no resale value for such stuff in Pakistan.
- 55-200mm VR is still an excellent lens, and if i really hate the inconvenience of changing lens at the end, i can sell it without losing too much!
And, changing lens doesn’t take more than 10 seconds 🙂