We have had our new Nikon D90 camera and 18-200mm VR Nikkor lens for close to a month and have been extremely pleased with all aspects of this combo. The D90 is a solidly built camera with well thought out control placements. The 18-200mm lens is a great complement to the D90.
We had considered going with just the 18-105mm kit lens, but decided to to go with the bigger zoom lens because we didn't want to keep changing lenses. The main reason is taking a lens off and on the body can potentially introduce dust into the body and on to the sensor. The D90 has a built in dust-removal feature for the sensor, but the less often we open up the system
When we first announced that we'd be reviewing the Nikon D90, one of the most received requests was a side-by-side look of the D40 and the D90. We thought we would start with a series of photos and maybe do an actual features comparision in some future article. The other questions were where did we purchase our gear and did we pay full price.
We purchased both of Nikon cameras via Amazon.com. One directly from Amazon, the other from Cameta selling via Amazon. Both companies are great and the items were exactly as described. The one advice we have about buying expensive cameras via the Internet is to stay away from sites offering "deals" that are too good to be true. If a newly released camera is offered at 50% off, it is a good bet that it is a bait-and-switch scam...even if the "site" looks good.
A good way to check is to Google the site and see if there are any complaints against them. If it is a scam site, then chances are good that there will be plenty of chatter. Nikon makes great gear, so don't let a bad buying experience be your first memory. Buy from sites with a good reputation. The little extra cost is worth the savings in headaches! [Permalink]- Nikons Side by side