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Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor

Review Date: Jul 5, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Solid build quality, sharp enough when opened, good af and iq
Vignetting, price

Thats a good lens- maybe not the best in the market but good enough for its price. Its fast and has a good iq- vignetting somewhat but not that bad.
Maybe you will find some CA but nothing terrible.

Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor

Review Date: Jul 5, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Cheap, good iq when stopped down
AF inconstancy, lack of sharpness when opened

I can still remember the sound of the AF while its hunting the subject- i listened it much. Under f/2.2 it was sharp as plastic bag covered with snot but at 2.2 and above it was quite good.

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II DX AF-S

Review Date: Jul 5, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $50.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Cheap, lightweighted, good IQ
not so much for its price

Liked that thing very much because it did the job. Not that very sharp but it was quite good.

Nikon D50

Review Date: Jul 5, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Cheap, small, well designed, relatively good IQ
Not that good AF

Back in the days it was my first DSLR- I really loved that machine: it was cheap, it was good and I learned so much from using it.

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD SP

Review Date: Oct 3, 2016 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Pretty fast and accurate AF, good built quality, very nice iq, damn good stabilization, not that pricey,
Built quality not as good as Canon 70-200/2.8 also the AF slower (not significantly), zoom ring and mf ring reversed, hard to use with reversed hood

I have choosen the Tamron 70-200/2.8 VC because at my workplace we use the same and I was impressed by its performance and durability. We use it as workhorse and its still working- but the zoom rings rubber got expanded so its not wheater sealed for now and not very sexy.
The AF is fast- about as my 24-105 L- but its not that fast as Canon's flagship altough its accurate (keeper rate 10/8,5). I dont have any reason to complain about it.
The image quality is satisfy any expectations- in real life no-one could separate from any other 70-200 (Canon or Nikon) theres no much difference.
The VC is top notch: I can go down to 1/40 at 200mm on APS-H (~260mm) any time, but the results are still acceptable at 1/20-30. Maybe not the best for videographers cause the VC starting hard and harsh but then its very smooth.
The most disturbing thing is that I must detach the hood to zoom- it could be annoying cause every f time if I put the gear to the bag I have to unscrew the hood and reverse it otherwise it wont fit the bag and when I want to use again I have to detach it again- just because the hood covers the zoom ring what its in the far edge of the glass- not like the Canon.