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Question What Nikkor Lense to buy?

Hello - My Mum recently dropped my Nikkon D200 on concrete and the Nikkor 18-135 lense is now broken and not worth the repair. I would like to spend less than AS $1000 to replace it. I am thinking either a Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 which appears to have very positive reviews but I am concerned that the f3.5 is a little limiting (but maybe the vibration reduction makes up for this??) or the other one I am thinking of is the Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D which doesn't seem to get so many amazing reviews but i am tempted b/c of the f/2.4 capability.

Does anyone have advice on which is better as an all rounder? Or even if you can recomend another lense in a similar price catagory?

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Re: What Nikkor Lense to buy?

On a D200 the 16-85 is a better range, the maximum aperture will be slightly limiting but the VR will help with static objects. Both are optically pretty good but the 16-85 is more compact. I'd go for the 16-85 unless I was planning to get an FX camera in the near future. I have a Tamron 17-50 2.8 that I used to use until very recently as part of an in car kit with a D200 and I think it is a good alternative to the ones you list. Optically it is very sharp and of course it is a constant 2.8. The downside is that I think the focusing is not as good as an AF-S lens, the build quality is not very re-assuring and of course it only goes to 50mm.

Another one to consider is the 18-105 VR this is a real bargain so much of a bargain in fact that you could get one of these and a 50mm 1.8 for the same money as the 16-85.

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