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    The best walk around landscape lens -- ever :-)

    The best walk around landscape lens -- ever :-)
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    Walked my dog, Borga, just now. Tested my shiny new 18-140
    This must be the best lens ever made, maybe not in sheer ultra sharpness, but this tiny lens on my big d7200, just grab and go and get such snapshots on a short stroll around the corner!!
    Both photos is from excacly same standpoint, the trashbin we put the "dogbags" in

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    Re: The best walk around landscape lens -- ever :-)

    I bought this lens with high hopes. In the end I'm still bummed with it - saying to myself "I should have known better".

    I think it's fine for general purpose outdoor if all you want is infinite focus - somewhat defeating the capability of your D7200.

    I find the corners are quite dark at 17mm, and a bit soft at its fastest f3.5, and it's just too slow at 140mm.

    This lens has zero Bokeh IMO, so creative landscape shots are near impossible - unless you're introducing ND filters into the mix for creativity with flowing things.

    Don't let me even start on indoor...



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    Re: The best walk around landscape lens -- ever :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by nsomnac View Post
    I bought this lens with high hopes. In the end I'm still bummed with it - saying to myself "I should have known better".
    No experience with that one, but I felt that same way when I bought a 18-200mm quite awhile back. I know many users like it fine, but mine has long since been sold... only lens I ever sold, I still have a few old ones never used now. It wasn't "bad", but it just never excelled, just never quite happy.

    18-200 is a 11.1x range. That's really a lot. I should have known better too, lots of compromises to make that happen.

    18-140 is 7.8x

    18-85 is 4.7x (and I was very happy with mine... still not f/2.8 though, and 18mm is tough about distortion and vignetting). I still have it, but I use FX now.

    Something like 24-70 is 2.9x, and short zoom ranges like that have fewer compromises. My opinion is it's equal to any prime lens. And of course, a f/2.8 lens performs better at f/4 than does a f/4 lens, like with bounce flash. But certainly spending $1800 helps too... price is a huge factor.
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    Re: The best walk around landscape lens -- ever :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by nsomnac View Post
    I bought this lens with high hopes. In the end I'm still bummed with it - saying to myself "I should have known better".

    I think it's fine for general purpose outdoor if all you want is infinite focus - somewhat defeating the capability of your D7200.

    I find the corners are quite dark at 17mm, and a bit soft at its fastest f3.5, and it's just too slow at 140mm.

    This lens has zero Bokeh IMO, so creative landscape shots are near impossible - unless you're introducing ND filters into the mix for creativity with flowing things.

    Don't let me even start on indoor...



    Jim

    I find you work with what you have, if the only lens you have is a 18-140mm look at it as a positive, if you look around the internet, you will find 1000's of excellent shots taken with this lens.
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    Re: The best walk around landscape lens -- ever :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by Borga Voffe View Post



    Walked my dog, Borga, just now. Tested my shiny new 18-140
    This must be the best lens ever made, maybe not in sheer ultra sharpness, but this tiny lens on my big d7200, just grab and go and get such snapshots on a short stroll around the corner!!
    Both photos is from excacly same standpoint, the trashbin we put the "dogbags" in
    For me it is my Sigma 18-250 mm 3.5-6.3 Macro HSM. I really like that lens and if I am going out for a walk it is the one I will often grab. It is light and versatile, I feel about it the same way you do you 18-140. I think it is a handy lens.
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    Re: The best walk around landscape lens -- ever :-)

    The best walk around landscape lens -- ever :-)
    We have all our different opinions :-)
    Since I was about to succumb of "something" last year, owning these lenses and in particular 18-140 om d7300, have made me a viable person again, capable to see the light even in dark areas of life .......
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    The photo is taken today, with that lens, guess were we where goin? Alas, I really dont care about buke or softness, I could easily used a Kodak instamatic as long as the resulys is getting what I want - that 18-140 do give me my illusions in hand, ready to be published on my webpage.

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    Re: The best walk around landscape lens -- ever :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by Borga Voffe View Post
    This must be the best lens ever made, maybe not in sheer ultra sharpness, but this tiny lens on my big d7200, just grab and go and get such snapshots on a short stroll around the corner!!
    It's a very GOOD lens, but I certainly wouldn't call it a GREAT lens.
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    Re: The best walk around landscape lens -- ever :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by paul04 View Post
    I find you work with what you have, if the only lens you have is a 18-140mm look at it as a positive, if you look around the internet, you will find 1000's of excellent shots taken with this lens.
    Sure. That's always the case - and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. My experience so far with this lens, is that it's nothing special. If you're an F/8 or higher shooter - I think this is a good lens for the value and you'll be very happy with it.

    If you're into shallow DOF, or need a lens to function indoors without a flash too, it's just not a good lens - you need a lens that is in the f/2.8 to f/1.2 range (which requires about 2-3 different fairly expensive lenses to get the full 17-140 range)

    I won't discount that there aren't lots of good photos with this lens, acknowledging subjectivity, if you take a look at the vast majority of the good ones they fall into a few categories: bright light, long exposure, small aperture, or high ISO.
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    FWIW: I also think this lens throws color balance off (including at different focal lengths but same time/subject). It seems to seek extremes - either very cool or very warm; but generally more cool. I think this has to do with the falloff in the corners.

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    Re: The best walk around landscape lens -- ever :-)

    I like this lens a great deal. It's especially useful for travel, when you don't have a lot of extra space available to carry a wide selection of lenses. It's not perfect, but it's doggone good ... along with being compact and lightweight. All in all, it's a nice to have in the case when you are on the road.
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    The best walk around landscape lens -- ever :-)
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    After using this lens for some months I finally got its place. Its one of the best light weight carry with me in the backpack on long 16 h mountain trips
    The photo shows my primary use of it, photos of afar mountains.
    I guess I could also used my 70-300 lens for this0
    but I need them wide 18 mm as my primary lens now is them ligth weigth 40 macro and 24 2.8
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