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Confused between the 18-55 mm and 18 - 105 mm

Discussion in 'What Camera Should I Buy?' started by nitishnegi, Nov 19, 2013.

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  1. nitishnegi

    nitishnegi Member

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    I am looking forward to buy my new DSLR.
    I liked the D5200 and it falls under my budget.

    But when i searched online for it, I saw that it was available in two lens options. One with AF-S 18-55 mm VR Kit Lens and the other with AF-S 18 - 105 mm VR Kit.

    What is the difference in the images clicked by both? Is it a huge difference?

    Thanks
    Regards
     
  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    The 18-105 allows almost 2x as much zoom as the 18-55 and is a heavier and larger lens. Other than that they are similar and the images they produce will be similar as well.
     
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    So, will the zoom for 18-55 mm still be good?
     
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  5. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    The 18-55mm lens gives you up to 3x zoom while the 18-105mm gives you up to about 6x zoom.
    When DSLR users are looking to take closeups over long distances they usually buy a second lens, such as the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens. That lens will give you the equivalent of 16.6x zoom (compared to the 18-55mm lens). You use the 18-55mm lens for most shots and switch to the 55-300mm lens for the long range shots..
     
  6. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    They are both very good and take nice looking pictures:
    Flickr Search: nikon d5200
    Flickr Search: canon eos 600d

    They are approximately the same size and weight, though they do have a different "feel". I recommend trying them out to see which feels better to you.
    The Nikon has a few advantages over the Canon - more megapixels (24 vs 18), more auto focus points (39 vs 9) and a better microphone (stereo vs mono). But the Nikon is also more expensive. Only you can decide whether it's worth the extra money.
     
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    I have no problem spending extra money, but want to make sure that my money does not go wasted.
    I am looking forward to buy the lens you recommended in the previous post.

    I got the stereo mono thing, but what is with the pixels and the focus points.
    I mean, can you help explaining to me what effect they have in real life?

    Thanks
    Regards
     
  8. KCook

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    These are kind of complex cameras for a "first camera". If you don't mind learning photography in steps, a camera with a fixed lens could be an easier path. Here are links to a few threads that discuss different types of cameras -

    http://forum.digitalcamerareview.co...buy/43571-best-camera-capturing-toddlers.html

    http://forum.digitalcamerareview.co...nasonic-lx7-vs-sony-rx100-vs-nikon-p7700.html

    http://forum.digitalcamerareview.co...uy/72905-hello-please-help-me-buy-camera.html

    Kelly Cook
     
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    I am sorry if i expressed it wrong way there. I mean my first DSLR camera.
     
  10. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    The fact that the Nikon has a few more megapixels is important only if you intend to crop your photos - take out a section of the photo and blow it up. If you don't crop, it's not a relevant issue.
    The number of auto focus points is important in making sure your subject is in focus while using auto focus (instead of manual focus, which you probably won't ever use). In real life, the 39 auto focus points of the Nikon will outperform the 9 auto focus points of the Canon only on rare occasions. Most of the time both cameras will have no problem acquiring focus.
     
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