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Nikon 18-70 f/3.5-4.5G AFS DX

DX-18-70_L
Review Date: Nov 15, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Light, compact, good focal length range, bargain purchase for well above average performance.
Cons:
For the price, nothing serious to complain about, apart from the rings which are the other way around.

I bought this lens after using a supposedly top of the range 17-55 f2.8 for three years.

Ok, it is made of plastic and the rings are the other way around compared to the majority of Nikon lenses, but that sums it up for me.

It focuses fine, it's as sharp as the one mentioned above and it exposes fine.

If you can live with a lens that is 2/3 of a stop under on 18mm and 1 and 1/3 stops under on 70mm then this is the lens for you. No issues on wide open either. Ok, a bit of vignetting maybe, at least it focuses and exposes correctly.

Try a higher ISO setting or a monopod/tripod and a bit computer manipulation and the result will be fine.

Spend six times as much for a premium 17-55mm f2.8 and you'll regret it.


 
Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G AF-S DX

DX-17-55_L
Review Date: Nov 12, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Built quality, that's it.
Cons:
Never focuses on wide no matter what. Always underexposes on wide also. Dissapointing product.

A wide angle zoom, f2.8 lens that gives out of focus and under-exposed results on wide cannot be called an f2.8 wide lens, can it? Again and again and again and again, it will never focus on wide, that's it. The underexposure issue is so annoying too. No need for a glimpse of bright sky to be in the shot, it just under exposes by 1 f-stop. Very dissapointing product. I also use the Nikon 17-70 which costs a fraction of the price and it works properly. I can live with a bit of Vignetting but not with focusing-exposure issues. Pre-focusing is a no-go area too. You zoom in, focus, switch to manual, zoom out and the image is out!

 
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR

2139NAS_180
Review Date: Nov 11, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 3 

 
Pros: Build quality, so what!
Cons:
It sometimes focuses, cannot track moving objects, never focuses in dim lit situations, VR over-corrects, on f2.8 image is severely out of focus.

Where do I start. It has been sent back to Nikon three time with focusing and/or VR issues but they find nothing wrong with it. I suspect the VR over-corrects as it moves the image instead of stabilising it. On f2.8 it just does NOT focus, either back focuses or front focuses, and I'm talking about non-moving objects with plenty of light and contrast. In moving images the tracking is a joke, as is the AF in dim-lit situation. I try to pre-focus and switch to manual but again it fails! I thought it was my D200 to blame which has been sent to Nikon three times also with similar problems. A lot of marketing money spent for a poor product.