My #1 Lens (Nikon)

Look at me! Aren't I special?Went to the nursery again yesterday to get my Tomato plants. Grabbed a shot of this Camelia while I was there. Too much rain lately to shoot anything outside.Was ready to cancel SmugMug yesterday. The email Comment problem still exists and all they say is "we're working on it". And to cap it off, the site was down for repairs for half the day, again! That seems to be getting more frequent.

It started to rain as I was shooting yesterday so I went inside to a nearby nursery and caught this Camelia bloom at its peak. I was cleaning and drying my equipment after getting home. At one point I had my Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR in my hand and found myself thinking what a great find this had been. I purchased it about 2 years ago and it has been my primary lens since then. It has completely replaced the 18-70mm f/3.5 and 55-200mm f/4 (which are gathering dust) that I originally purchased with the camera body. At $800 – $850, it’s expensive for an amateur like me, but to my mind it’s a great value as it is packed with features I find important. And most of the photos on this blog have been taken through this glass.

It’s a DX-format for Nikon DSLRs first introduced in 2005. It’s perfect for my D70 and it will still be perfect for my D7000. Its second generation Vibration Reduction, Silent-Wave autofocus, ED glass, and aspheric elements are packed into a 11.1:1 zoom lens of very high optical performance. If some of these terms are new to you, you can find explanations at: Nikon Lens Nomenclature. At 19.8 oz, it’s heavier than it looks but it is surprisingly compact with a length of 3.8 in and a maximum diameter of 3 in.

Nikon Specs

While this is not a macro lens (with its minimum focus distance of 1.5 ft) it is suitable for most of the close-up work that I do like the one above or this one. Most of the time, I only carry 2 other lenses in my bag. One is a 11-18mm wide angle zoom for interior real-estate shots. The other is a Nikkor 50mm f1.4 for portrait and low light work.

With a 11:1 zoom ratio there is naturally a little distortion but the automatic Lens Correction in Adobe Lightroom 3 easily corrects this from profiles selected by the exif lens data. Except for architectural photos, this isn’t a significant concern for me.

I purchased mine at  Adorama.

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