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    I gifted my Olympus to my bro so I am looking for a new DSLR .... having tried the Oly, the temptation is to try something else this time .... any recommendations!!!

    the D90 looks good and at the moment looks within my budget but with the launch of the D90 and the 50D, the prices on models like the 40D would probably go down making them an attractive option .... other theory is to get a basic body with a good lens

    I would also appreciate information on some of the good lenses from various brands because the kit lenses may not be that good

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    Quote Originally Posted by ret View Post
    I gifted my Olympus to my bro so I am looking for a new DSLR .... having tried the Oly, the temptation is to try something else this time .... any recommendations!!!

    the D90 looks good and at the moment looks within my budget but with the launch of the D90 and the 50D, the prices on models like the 40D would probably go down making them an attractive option .... other theory is to get a basic body with a good lens

    I would also appreciate information on some of the good lenses from various brands because the kit lenses may not be that good
    I would be attracted to the D90.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tegan View Post
    I would be attracted to the D90.

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    yeah the D90 appears to be one of the best options .... but i will check it out in detail before putting $1450 + tax for the kit
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    What would be a good lens for the D90, the kit 18-105 or 18-200?

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    I used the 18-200 last week on my friend's Nikon camera. I did not inspect the shots on the computer, but I can say that this is a VERY VERY versatile lens. It's not a fixed aperture lens but I think it starts at F3.5 which is not bad.
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    Surprising considering the great range but the 18 to 200 has an excellent reputation even among the reviewers, so I would agree with Marko and tend toward that one.

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    i use the 18-200mm on my d80 and its great... no complaints, unless you want to do super duper macro.

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    in terms of quality, how do the 18-105 and 18-200 compare?

    if i m not wrong then is the 18-105 developed for the D90?

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    Ehhh... I'm going to be the voice of dissent here. First off, stay away from the 18-105, unless you never plan to change lenses. It has a plastic lens mount. Let's see; metal on the body, plastic on the lens... this isn't too hard to figure out. I've not used the 18-105 personally, so I have no knowledge of it aside from the lens mount issue, but all of the reviews I've seen indicate it be yet another slow, marginal, consumer zoom lens. You're correct; the 18-105 was developed as the kit lens for the D90.

    The 18-200 has acceptable optical quality, and IMO, barely adequate build quality. As with anything that tries to do so many things, the 18-200 doesn't really do any of it really well. If you want a consumer-grade zoom, go for the 18-70 kit lens that first came out with the D70. It is a kit lens, it is slow, but it's a much better performer than either of the two mentioned above.
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    tirediron, appears as if dpreview seems to agree with you on 18-200 .... they have recommended it but with reservations

    Nikon 18-200 review

    btw, what Canon lens would be good with the 40D/50D, i guess it would be the 17-85

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