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Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Mar 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $109.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast, bright, compact, nice bokeh.
Af is bad on everything from speed, noise and accuracy. Prone to flare indoors.

Obvously very fast in low light. Even in poorly lit restaurants, I can use it handheld and get georgous photos. Very sharp, and makes very personal feeling portraits. Bokeh is nice. Pictures tend to have a bright feel to them.
The AF is loud, much louder than you would guess even after reading peoples comments on how loud it is. It sounds like a remote control car driving in short bursts. The front element also rotates when focusing, which means I always have to adjust my hold on it when I focus. Plus, the AF is slow. 95% of the time it will go way out of focus, then into focus. Up to a second to focus is typical for this lens. Sad And to top it off, I dont always trust the focus, most of the time I usually get a few shots with it when Im indoors at restaurants, stores, etc. Havent got any in my home. It usually gets green or blue smeared lines that are about 20 degrees of horizontal tipping down to the lower right. Havent gotten a hood for it yet, so Im not sure what it would do for it. Interesting note though, the flare has actually tored out to be enjoyable in some of my shots! Smile I consider the flare to be a non-issue.

In the end though it is a lovely lens, I have it on my camera any time between dusk and dawn (alot) or indoors, and it saves me from using the flash all the time. Pictures are bright and have an indearing, very personal touch.
Here is a sample pic, where the AF did great for an unexpected shot where a friends kid literally jumped infront of me and I shot!
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Nikon 18-70 f/3.5-4.5G AFS DX

Review Date: Feb 1, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharp past 24mm, tack sharp past 35mm. Very little distortion. Not much to say here, just a great lense.
The fact that it does soften it up at the wide end. I dont really like feel the how the hood feels hooking on and off. Also, some minor vignette at wide end, but is easily corrected with vignette control in Nikon Capture (if you shoot nef). Rings could be smoother.

Got it as my starter lens for the D70 and I like it very much. As the others have said, it is a little soft at the wide end, but sharpens quickly. Even at 70mm it is tack sharp. The build quality is pretty good, it just doesnt feel like a tank. Which doesnt bother me. For the price you get it at, its killer. Really good walk around lense.