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Also, from what I have seen, the new Nikon 28mm 1.8G is also better than the Canon lens -- the 28,50 and 85 1.8 trilogy is pretty tough to beat for performance/value.The problem I have, is finding something to replace my 17-40 -- and isn't selling for about 2x what I'm willing to pay at this point. The main reason I felt able to switch is that I was basically down to 2 Canon lenses anyway and if I was going to do it it was time. Especially after Nikon announced their 70-200 f/4 VR....Paul
There is no doubt the Nikon AF-S 28/50/85 f/1.8 trinity offers super performance for value.
HOWEVER, it should be noted that these Nikon lenses are all NEWLY released: 50mm in 2011 and 28/85 in 2012. It is not fair to compare these new releases with Canon's old 28/50/85 f/1.8 lenses which were released way back in 1995, 1990 and 1992 respectively. We are talking about a ~ 20 year gap in technology development. If the new Nikon lenses do not strongly outperform the old Canon stuff, something must be horribly wrong with Nikon.
On the other hand, Canon 35 f/2 IS (2012) and 50 f/1.4 (1993) both offer comparable performance. Even Canon's outdated 85 f/1.8 design is nearly as good as the new Nikon 85 f/1.8, albeit the former has stronger purple fringing which is removable in-camera or in post-processing. Look at Photozone tests for numerical details, do not blindly accept anyone's claims (except for the brand new Canon 35 f/2 IS... but the MTF charts should reveal something).
Using BH Photovideo prices as a guide, the total price for the Nikon 28/50/85 f/1.8 trinity is US$1411 and total price for Canon 35 f/2 IS, 50 f/1.4 and 85 f/1.8 is US$1548. Savings for Nikon is a paltry US$137.
Out of curiosity, I decided to check the prices of Nikon 16-35/24-120/70-200 f/4 VR trinity: US$1260, 1297, 1399 respectively. Canon 17-40/24-105/70-200 IS f/4 trinity cost: US$729, 1091 and 1099 respectively.
Savings for Canon is a whopping US$1037!!!