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Nikon 85mm f/1.4D IF AF Nikkor

1933NAS_180
Review Date: Jul 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Good build quality. Great bokeh. Really sharp wide open. Fast focus.
Cons:
The attached hood is hard to put on and can't be reversed on the ring. Focus motor is not AFS so it's noisy if you want to be as quiet as possible.

Great portrait lens. The bokeh is just so creamy. This is Nikon's dream cream machine Smile I never bothered with the f/1.8 version, jumping straight to this one. I'm glad I did. It could use a AF-S update for those times when you want to be silent.


 
Nikon 300mm f/4 ED-IF AF-S Nikkor

1909NAS_180
Review Date: Jul 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp. Sharp. Sharp. Close focus ability (5'). Versatile lightweight (in comparison to f/2.8 glass) lens. Poor man's wildlife lens (with or w/o appropriate TCs).
Cons:
The built in hood seems flimsy. No VR... Giving it a 10 overall in spite of these "problems".

In spite of no VR and crappy supplied collar, this is a great buy. One of the best values in the Nikon lens lineup if you need long glass.

 
Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G AF-S DX

DX-17-55_L
Review Date: Dec 14, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fast. Sharp, even wide-open. Contrasty. Nice focal length for everyday usage. Great build quality.
Cons:
Expensive. Really expensive.

After reading great many reviews, I decided to purchase this lens. In fact it was some photos someone posted on this very forum that convinced me finally. Since it was so expensive (since I bought locally, it cost more than if I had bought from US), I had some buyer remorse. However, after using it for a day, all that remorse went away. The pictures I took were so sharp, even wide-open! In low-light situations, it focuses so fast, and I'm only using a D70s!

The pictures are very contrasty and colourful. The build quality is quite solid. Lives on my D70s as the focal length range is nice for everyday usage. Even used it for portraiture, although I prefer longer FL for that personally.

Buy it and don't look back.



 
Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

2137NCP_180
Review Date: Dec 14, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Cheap. Fast. Sharp.
Cons:
Bokeh (background blur) could be less harsh. Feels cheap.

Did I say cheap? Dropped it on pavement once. Still okay.