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January 03, 2010


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Danni McDermott

Hi Mr Henderson,
My name is Danni & I'm a friend of Ryan's here in Colorado. He showed me your shots & I'm blown away. Can't wait to read through more of your blog. I'm writing in the hope that you would share your opinion on buying my first lens for my D200? I'm not quite sure where to start as far as a buying good versatile lens, with a decent zoom for not a huge amount of money. I really don't know anything about anything when it comes to photography, only that I just spent 5 months traveling around Australia without a GREAT camera & am kicking myself for it now :) Tonnes of amazing scenes & wildlife left begging to be shot by someone with the right equipment.
What do you think about the 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR Zoom Nikor lens? Any thoughts or suggestions you might have would be more than appreciated. Thanks for putting your shots up for all to see. Absolutely amazing & inspiriing.
Take care,


Hi Danni, the 70-300 is an excellent choice, or the 18-200 is also excellent. The 18-200 gives you a wider range which might be more useful. Here is a link, click on the reviews (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=nikon+70-300&N=0&InitialSearch=yes) and read what people have said about the 70-300. I suggest you do the same for the 18-200. Both lenses produce great images within certain constraints. The most significant being light, they are a bit slow so get a tripod and cable release, you will be set. Just as a matter of good photography, you should shoot with a tripod whenever possible to produce the sharpest image possible. Hope this helps and have fun.

Danni McDermott

Thank you so very much for your helpful advice. Judging by the reviews I've read, you're right, the 18-200 does seem to be the winner. I'm so excited to find one & start getting camera happy. Thanks again :)

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