Canon Is Three Years Too Late

In other less exciting news, Canon has finally released a 18-200mm zoom lens similar to the Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF DX VR. Sadly, they are like three years too late and it looks butt ugly compared to the Nikkor counterpart. At least the Nikon version seems semi-professional, the Canon one looks like their 18-55mm kit lens.

The Only Lens I Will Need: Nikkor 18-200mm

Ever since I’ve heard about this lens from Ken’s review on KenRockwell.com, I’ve developed glass envy. This is like a very well rounded glass that covers 90% of what I shoot. The Nikkor 18-200mm has a nice close range (18mm) which would give me a focal length of 27 versus the 28-105mm lens I currently have, whose focal length starts at 42…

The camera also comes with a 2 level VR (Vibration Reduction), which is perfect to reduce blurry shots. The cost for this glass is actually a pretty good deal, ~$749 for an 18-200mm with VR. In most cases, a good to great lens is in the upper $800 to $1000 range. This would have come in handy for the Elton John concert Andrea and I recently attended. Being able to only zoom up to 105mm (my current 28-105mm) is limiting, couldn’t quite get close up shots of his face, but with this guy, I’m pretty damn sure I could read the brand of sunglasses he was wearing (just kidding, but close enough with an extra 95mm of zoom).

The only major drawback to this lens is that it is only an f/3.5-5.6G making it not a well suited lens for low light conditions, but then again my current lens with f/3.5-4.5 does adequately in low light. Definitely not as bright as the f/2.8 lens I’ve had a chance to try, but still quite nice, never the less.

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