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Should I buy the 18-200mm used or brand new?

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Poll: Should I buy the used 18-200mm nikon VR lens?

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Yes, buy the used one for $600.
 
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No, don't buy the used one. Buy a new one for $729
 
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No, don't buy the used one. Buy the VR II version instead.
 
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No, don't buy - look for a better all-purpose lens.
 
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Should I buy the 18-200mm used or brand new?

Hey guys,

So I have someone willing to sell my their 18-200mm nikon lens VR for $600. It comes with box, receipts, warranty cards etc... The only problem I see is that he made the purchased it around 2007 (so has been using it on and off for 2 years). From what the seller says, he used it for general photography - mainly family outing usage. He is throwing in an extra polarizer too I believe.

Black's is clearing out this lens for $729.99 + taxes. Its more pricy, but its brand new.

What do you guys think? Is this a good buy?
rems wrote:
Jun 13th, 2008 12:00 pm
yes...for those that say it doesn't are lying. There has to be some sort of physical attraction (unless you're visually impaired obviously). Looks get you there and personality keeps you there.
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The problem with used is that it doesn't have any warranty (unless he bought a 3rd party warranty that is transferable). The question is how important is warranty to you?
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Nikon lenses have a 5 year warranty.
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$600 for a used 18-200 that still has 3 yrs of warranty left on it?

No thank you.
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Maybe a new one, but depending on the used one's condition...hmm...

In a comparison from ken rockwell he concludes the VR and VR II versions are basically identical beside the VR II model has a zoom lock (prevent lens creep). If your going new or used, just get the VR one.
http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/18-200mm-ii.htm
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I wouldn't buy it. Its slow and does not fit my needs...but thats only me.

The used one is a decent price. As long as it works fine and is clean, $600 is not a bad deal.
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$600 seems a little high for a 2 year old lens. I purchased mine off craigslist for the same amount and it was only 6 months old, absolutely mint and came with a filter. If you're patient you can probably get a better deal.
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Dec 16, 2008
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just wondering..

are the two from bb and blacks the same model?

bb: 18-200

blacks: 18-200

couldnt you price match?
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lhebia wrote:
Dec 16th, 2009 11:19 pm
just wondering..

are the two from bb and blacks the same model?

bb: 18-200

blacks: 18-200

couldnt you price match?
Looks like it. BB has a typo, 3.5 instead of 3.2. The new version VRII has a gold VR lettering. Unless they made a mistake on the graphics as well. If not that's the same lens.
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Kasakato wrote:
Dec 15th, 2009 4:37 pm
I wouldn't buy it. Its slow and does not fit my needs...but thats only me.

The used one is a decent price. As long as it works fine and is clean, $600 is not a bad deal.
But but KR saz its the only lens you'll ever need if you're rocking a DX body!
tiijei wrote:
Dec 16th, 2009 11:22 pm
Looks like it. BB has a typo, 3.5 instead of 3.2. The new version VRII has a gold VR lettering. Unless they made a mistake on the graphics as well. If not that's the same lens.
Also the zoom ring on the VRII version is narrower... but yea the two main difference is the gold VR and red VR lettering, and the new version has 3.5-5.6 GII whereas the old version is labeled 3.5-5.6 G on the lens.
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