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Posted: 9/15/2018 1:12:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/15/2018 1:21:17 PM EDT by Sonoran_Tj]
I want a one lens solution (lol right?) for travel. I'd like something with some weather resistance, a normal zoom range (18-24mm to 50-100mm), and a shorter overall length. VR and lightweight would be a plus. I don't need a really fast aperture. I'd like to spend less than $1000.

I'm using a Nikon D7200.

Anyone have experience with the Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G VR? Or have an alternative that meets the above requirements?
Link Posted: 9/15/2018 1:14:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/15/2018 1:14:58 PM EDT by Zack3g]
Link Posted: 9/15/2018 2:20:38 PM EDT
Edited to add camera body.

That 16-80 looks like it might be a good choice, I don't know how I didn't run across it already.
Link Posted: 9/15/2018 3:42:47 PM EDT
The gold standard is the 24-120 f/4.
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This. Well under your budget.

It's not the most compact lens, though.

Here it is on a D500, about the same size as your D7200.

D500 + RRS Plate + MS3 Sling by FredMan, on Flickr
Link Posted: 9/15/2018 6:55:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Sonoran_Tj:
I want a one lens solution (lol right?) for travel. I'd like something with some weather resistance, a normal zoom range (18-24mm to 50-100mm), and a shorter overall length. VR and lightweight would be a plus. I don't need a really fast aperture. I'd like to spend less than $1000.

I'm using a Nikon D7200.

Anyone have experience with the Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G VR? Or have an alternative that meets the above requirements?
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I have the 24-85mm. It works great as a travel lens on a full-frame camera. It matches well with the newer 70-300mm versions.

For a DX body, you are most likely looking for something in the 16mm starting range. The 18-200mm and 18-300mm are good one-lens setups for DX bodies, but they are not exactly light weight or small.

Just about any of the Nikon consumer lenses starting in the 16-18mm range will work great for you. You just need to figure out what length you want in the long end.
Link Posted: 9/15/2018 8:43:30 PM EDT
I'll add the 18-105 isn't a bad option either. Used it for years before I upgraded to the 24-120 (and added the Tokina 11-16 to my stable).

But the 24-120 is a higher grade of lens.
Link Posted: 9/16/2018 9:35:18 AM EDT
Whatever you get, make sure it’s VR. I have an older 55-200mm kit lens that isn’t stabilized and took it to Alaska. I still got some good shots but had more annoying blurs than my 18-70 Sigma (got off a member here, I adore this lens).

I should have rented a telephoto. I got some footage of glacier calving that I had to digitally stabilize in Adobe Premiere.
Link Posted: 9/16/2018 10:09:27 AM EDT
A 24-85 f/2.8-4.0 is the lens that's most often mounted to my D800.

But, 24mm is going to be too narrow on a DX body. For years, I just used a 12-24 f/4 and 70-200 f/2.8 on my D200. My favorite 20mm and 24-85mm lenses were just too narrow for what I wanted to do on a DX sensor.

Nikon makes a 16-80 f/2.8-4.0 DX lens. That's what I'd go for.
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