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Nikon 20mm f/1.8G ED AF-S Nikkor

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Review Date: Oct 13, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, Great Global Contrast, Nice Colours, Good AF, Light, Amazing Flare Resistance, Etc...
Cons:
Plastic Build Quality, Corners Aren't Perfect

This is by far the best wide angle lens for the price point. The global contrast and colours are excellent. It's sharp in the center, but unfortunately it isn't as good as my 14-24 in the corners. It has excellent flare resistance and I'm not afraid to shoot with the sun in the frame.

What I don't like is the corner performance. I thought the corners of this lens would be better than my 14-24, unfortunately they're not. However, they are better than all the previous 20mm lenses Nikon has made, which is a good thing.

I bought this lens to use with the sun in the frame for landscapes, it's excellent in this regard.

I do recommend this lens, especially for the price point.


 
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S Nikkor

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Review Date: Oct 13, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,800.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, Decent Focus Throw, Amazing Zoom Range, Decent AF for UWA, Great Contrast, Awesome Build Quality, etc...
Cons:
Flare, No Filter Ring

This is the best lens I own. I'm using it with a D610 for landscapes. Every time I use this lens it surprises me. It's very sharp, handles well, and is a joy to use. It has very, very good corner performance. I struggled between it and a Zeiss 21mm, I'm so happy I chose this one, it's awesome and has exceeded my expectations. It produces an excellent global image, with less distortion than you'd think for a zoom this wide.

The only negatives I would have against it is flare, no filter ring and sometimes the AF is off for critical focusing. I knew about the flare ahead of time and have learned to compose my shots to avoid it. The filters are expensive for this lens, but with my camera I haven't really needed them because the dynamic range is so good. I always use manual focus for landscapes, so the AF missing sometimes isn't really an issue either. I should point out that up close, the AF is perfect, it only happens with AF in certain scenes.

I consider this lens close to perfect. I highly recommend it.


 
Nikon D610 DSLR Camera

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Review Date: Oct 12, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent Dynamic Range, Amazing Low Light Performance, Decent Live View, Good Battery Life, Great Controls, User 1 and User 2 Dial Setting, Feels Amazing with Battery Grip, Works Well with Legacy and New Lenses, Etc...
Cons:
Fixed Aperture in Live View

I upgraded from a D7000 to this camera, so the body felt pretty much the same, just slightly bigger. I've used many other Nikon DSLR's and this is by far the best. The low light performance and dynamic range are better than I expected. There's a reason this camera sensor is so well rated, it really is that good. I shoot a lot of walk-around portraits, studio and outdoor portraits, and landscapes with this camera. It has exceeded my expectations, especially in landscape settings. I haven't needed a filter kit since getting it!

The only complaint I have would be the fixed aperture in Live View. It's not an issue with manual lenses (obviously), but kind of sucks with G lenses when composing landscapes. Although closing and re-opening LV isn't really that big of a deal, so I'm splitting hairs a bit.

I love my D610. Steal of a deal at the current price point.


 
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G ED AF-S Nikkor

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Review Date: Oct 7, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, Accurate AF, Lightweight, Great Contrast, Excellent Close Focusing Ability, Amazing Flare Resistance
Cons:
Plastic Build Quality

I love this lens. I've used a lot of 35mm lenses over the years and this is by far the best. My copy is super sharp from 1.8 onward, it has very accurate auto focus and tracks well in low light.

I've used it for general walk-around shots, landscapes and portraits. It's awesome close up with my ring light and for environmental portraits with my beauty dish. It handles flare extremely well and has easily corrected distortion.

The only complaint I would have would be the plastic build quality. Other than that, it's a great lens!