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#1 LightMeter

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 05:54 PM

I've been using the 18-135 alot for 3 years now and it gives good images. But VR, metal mount, and focus distance scale would be nice. However, the main reason I want to upgrade is 135mm is not that far into telephoto range. I have better lenses when I need them but would like a superzoom when I don't feel like changing lenses. Has anyone had experience with the 16-300? From the research I've done IQ is great from 16-135. But as you get closer to 200 and 300 quality degrades. I'm thinking about buying one from B&H and returning it if I don't like it. If I end up keeping it and it can match the Nikkor 55-300VR at 300 I'll probably sell the 55-300. I thought about the smaller cheaper Nikkor 18-300 but the 16-300 is wider and has a focus distance scale.


Edited by LightMeter, 16 December 2016 - 05:57 PM.

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 07:11 AM

You might look into the 18-270 as well. My wife has one and while I have not done any research into IQ, I have also not noticed any big issues. You'd need to do some further research to know for sure.

Not sure it's still made but you can likely still find new ones out there.
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Posted 18 December 2016 - 10:31 PM

The big difference is 16mm is wider more than the 2mm number.

So if you prefer the 24mm fov vs 28 the the 16-300 is a better choice if not the it becomes more difficult to decide.

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 01:29 AM

Understood. But if the older lens is sharper thru more of the zoom range, I'd prefer to move back a little and have the sharper lens. Plus the FX equivalent of 18mm is 27mm, so the difference is somewhat less pronounced.
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Posted 22 December 2016 - 03:57 AM

Think I'm going to go ahead and order the 16-300 from B&H next week. It has all the goodies-metal mount, focus distance scale, VR, MF override while in AF mode, and many reports of good build quality. $80 instant rebate brings it down to almost what a lightly used one costs. Gotta do it before the 31st because next year my wife and I have decided to stop spending $$$ on toys and start paying down debts   :)   I'm interested to see it's macro capabilities. It goes to 1:2.9 reproduction ratio on it's own. With my Nikon 6t close up lens mounted I'd like to see what it goes to.


Edited by LightMeter, 22 December 2016 - 04:03 AM.

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 04:08 AM

I also may need to get a 67mm slim polarizer if my polarizer vignettes since mine is not slim. I'm a polarizer FREAK.


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