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Zeiss 35mm f/2 Distagon T*

35mm
Review Date: Sep 29, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build quality, image quality, colours and contrast in images is amazing, really does make images pop.
Cons:
Lens cap ( replaced with a Nikon one )

The images this lens produces on my D700 are amazing, no problem with manual focusing, reminds me of my youth when I started photography.

If I was only taking one prime attached to my D700 this would be my first pick.

This was my first venture into Zeiss, I soon added the 25/2.8, and I am now looking at the 50/2 or 100/2 to complete my set, truly wonderful optics.


 
Zeiss 25mm f/2.8 Distagon T*

25mm
Review Date: Sep 29, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Overall image quality, sharp, resolution and colours, build quality, close minimum focus distance, the images it produces.
Cons:
The lens cap (as usual replaced with a Nikon one)

I thought long and hard about buying this or the 21/2.8, reviews of the 25 were so so, however actual users spoke very highly of the lens.

What swung it for me was that on full frame 21/2.8 was getting just a little too wide for my taste, and I also preferred the smaller size of the 25/2.8.

Overall I am really pleased with the lens and the images it produces, not quite the punch that I see in the images from my 35/2 ZF.2, but there is not much between them.



 
Nikon 500mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S II Nikkor

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Review Date: Feb 17, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp wide open, works well with 1.4 and 1.7 TC's, Lightweight, great optics.
Cons:
None

Must admit I amazed at that low score review, especially as the reviewer states that he does not own the lens.

I picked up one of the last brand new stock of these, I do not need VR and preferred the lighter weight of this model.

This is one sharp lens wide open, and I see no improvement when stopping down only an increase in DOF, this is the same when using the 1.4 or 1.7 TC's.

The images this lens produces are superb.


 
Nikon 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED VR AF-S

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Review Date: Feb 17, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp wide open, fast positive focus, great range for in flight shots, nice to zoom out to locate the subject, then zoom in for the shot, 6ft close focus distance.
Cons:
Not quite as sharp on distant subjects as a prime.

I use mine for birds all year, and butterflies and dragonflies through the summer.

I have used it with the 1.4 and 1.7 TC (on a D300), still sharp wide open with the 1.4, and pretty good with the 1.7 even wide open. AF is fine with both TC's, although a bit slower with the 1.7.

I really do enjoy using this lens, and the images it produces, the flexibility of the zoom, and the close focus distance make this a keeper for me, even though I have added a 500 AF-S II to my collection.



 
Nikon 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D AF

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Review Date: Jun 18, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Low cost, sharp, lightweight, nice walkabout range produces some great images
Cons:
none

Picked this copy up used, and although its previous owner possibly used this in a war zone, optically it is flawless. It is a great size and weight as a stay on walk around lens, when you only want to take one lens with you. I love the feel and size of the lenses of this vintage, and prefer them to the current drain pipe proportioned AFS offerings.

The quality of the images this little gem produces are superb, even wide open.


 
Nikon 35mm f/2D AF Nikkor

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Review Date: Mar 15, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, rich vibrant colours, great contrast, close focus 10", fast and lightweight
Cons:
None

Great value for money, the images this lens produces are superb.

 
Acratech ballhead

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Review Date: Dec 27, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Lightweight
Cons:
Does not lock securely, lens will creep which is no good for macro. Will not tilt backwards to look up with lens, you have to rotate the thing on the base, poor design.

I soon switched over to an Arca Swiss, for the same price you can get the Z1 which is what this head should have been.