I'm trying to come up with a package of DSLR lenses that will cover 99% of my picture-taking requirements at the least cost. 18-200mm all-in-one or 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses?
I bought a Nikon D3000 a few weeks ago as a gift for my fiancee and I to take on our honeymoon. For outdoor photos of anything within 15 feet, the kit 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens is fine. For low light, or anything over 20 feet away that lens is lacking. I also plan to take photos of architecture, sports, and other events where I can't get as close as I would like to the subject. For example, I recently took photos at a wedding, and was sorely disappointed in the lack of zoom in the 18-55mm. So, after reading the dozens of other camera/dslr/lens threads, I've made up my mind to buy the 35mm f/1.8 prime lens for indoor/low light, portraits, kids, general use etc.
I'm a casual photographer where the 35mm prime will probably be great for 90% of the photos I take, but want to cover that other 10% as inexpensively as possible. Also, image stabilization is very important for me and my shaky hands.
Now, should I invest in the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6
, a Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3
, or other? And is there any reason I should keep the 18-55mm kit lens once I buy the 35mm f/1.8?