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Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR AF-S Nikkor

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Review Date: Jan 22, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very sharp, good contrast , living colors , not to heavy, VR
Cons:
distortion at 16 mm, vignetting

Focusing and related features: For an ultra-wide angle zoom, VR is more useful than F2.8. AF-S is fast and quiet. Low light focus capability (using D700) is very good. Focus holds while zooming. Internal focus, no external movement during focus. Internal zoom, the optics move inside the barrel. The very close focusing distance is an added bonus and indeed very useful.

IQ: Very sharp even at F4 across the whole zoom range. It seems the best aperture range is between F4 and F8 with maximum center sharpness at F5.6. There is distortion but it can automatically be corrected during NEF conversion in Capture NX2.


Overall impression: Itís a very capable ultra-wide angle zoom. This is the first of its kind that has image stabilization. Last but not least, itís a more affordable alternative to 17-35 f2.8 and 14-24 f2.8.


 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Jan 21, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,599.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: durable construction
Cons:
a bit blurry focus, 82mm filter, pricey

I have been using this for shooting stars and star trails and have been really happy.
A prime lens with a larger aperture might be more beneficial for astro photography, but using this for landscapes and other purposed I have been completely satisfied.
Great wide angle selections work well in her work. I find myself want to steal hers now, Just another Great L lens!

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

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Review Date: Jan 21, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $790.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: nice bokeh, fast autofocus (reliable) and lightweight
Cons:
none

If you are looking for a lens in this focal length, you will not be disappointed with this one.
Have been enjoying this lens since I bought it two weeks ago. It's sharp at 2.8 on my D600, tack sharp at F 4.

Lighter and easier to carry around than my 16-35, it's a keeper.

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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Jan 21, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Colors! Excellent build, great focal range
Cons:
too much distortion at 24

I use it mounted to a Canon MKIII and it is my primary studio and outdoors lens for shooting people.
The IQ is superb, it is a joy to shoot movement with. The colors are phenomenal and the clarity is perfect. Its a lens that demonstrates why you should spend the extra money on your glass, there is just no way to express the value I find in having the color and IQ of this lens, even compared to some of my top of the line (non L Series) primes from Canon.
The IS is a great benefit as well, and it is ultimately why I went with this lens over the 24-70. I just did not need the extra speed, I wanted the IS over this range. I highly recommend it !