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Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S

Review Date: Dec 9, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast, excellent focus, useful zoom range
big and heavy, not as sharp as I would have liked

I use this lens more or less as my "stock" lens on my D100. It focuses extremely quickly and accurately and the wide maximum aperture makes it pretty versatile. It also has a nice colour rendition being very neutral. I don't know of a better lens to have on my body by default.

However to really picky ...

I find it just a very tiny bit soft wide open. Certainly it is not as sharp as the 17-35 although I'd rate it sharper overall than my 80-200 AF-ED. (This is a subjective judgement rather than being based on scientific measurements.)

I also have some reservations about the way it handles on my D100. Initially it feels good. The fat barrel has a really nice feel when hand held, but I get the feeling that the combined lens plus body picks up the slightest vibrations from the shutter and mirror making it more difficult to hand hold at slow shutter speeds than, for example, the 17-35 (at equivalent focal lengths).

It is also the first lens to pick up "dust bunnies" that settle on the ccd filter.

Despite these nit-picks I can unreservedly recommend this lens.