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Metz mecablitz 70 MZ-5

70-MZ-5
Review Date: Aug 18, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: work in A mode, powerful
Cons:
no i-TTL

I used 50Mz5 for 2 years and 70Mz5 for 8 years. I'm delighted with both of them. Compared with Canon or Nikon it's much better and price difference here in Europe is not that big. In USA you can buy three SB800 for one 76Mz5, but in Europe three SB800 for two 76Mz5.

 
Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight

sb800
Review Date: Aug 18, 2008 Recommend? no | Price paid: $745.00 | Rating: 4 

Pros: CLS controller, lightweight, small
Cons:
weak(small GN) and SB900 is weaker, price/performance

What to say? For me this blitz is big disappointment and it's like a baby toy compared to Metz 50z5 or Metz70Mz5. I bought SB800 only because I must wait 2 months for Metz 76Mz5. Here in Croatia it is $1180 with SCA 3402 M7 and SB800 and SB900 are $745 each.

 
Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC

18-50f28
Review Date: Aug 18, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: very fast and precise AF, very good sharpness wide open, excellent sharpness stopped down, price/performance
Cons:
average build quality, lens hood

I 18-50mm 2,8 EX DC MACRO HSM 5 months now. I'm delighted with my copy becuse it's sharp as Nikkor 17-55 2,8 and 3,5 times cheaper.

 
Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G AF-S DX

DX-17-55_L
Review Date: Aug 17, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

Pros: build quality, weight(I like when lens is heavy)
Cons:
average optical quality, price, DX lens

This is very good build lens, but to expensive because it's only DX lens. It's just little better then Sigma 18-50 2,8 and Tokina 16-50 2,8 and same as Tamron 17-50 2,8 in therms of optical quality. Lens is way worse than Tamron 28-75 2,8, Sigma 24-70 2,8, Nikkor 24-70 2,8 and Nikkor 28-70 2,8.
Price in Croatia 1650 and that is to expensive comparing with 420 for Tamron 17-50 2,8 and 17-50 510 for Sigma 18-50 2,8 HSM. Sigma 24-70 2,8 cost 470, Nikkor 24-70 2,8 1800 and Nikkor 28-70 2,8 1950.