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Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor

Review Date: Jan 9, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $355.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Unbelievably sharp, well built, nice feel.
Close working range for 1:1 doesn't bode well if shooting dangerous subjects. AF a little slow in low light.

I've had this lens for 3 weeks now, and it has barely left my camera. Awesome portrait lens with a nice range on a digital body, the only downside is that it might be too sharp! You won't find many lenses sharper than this in close range shooting. The macro capabilities are excellent, providing your working range isn't so small that you block available light. Focusing at 1:1 puts the end of the lens ~4" from the subject, so lighting can be a little tricky. On camera flashes need not apply...

I would buy this lens again in a second, and happily pay more for the results I am getting. It is by far my new standard for measuring sharpness.

For the price and capabilities, this is a must have as far as I am concerned, especially if you are only dabbling in macro photography. If you are seriously into macro I'd probably suggest a longer working range, ie: 105mm or 150mm.

Nikon D200

Review Date: May 11, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,625.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Solid feel, tons of features, ergonomics are supurb, weather sealing, button layout, excellent LCD, and bang for buck. All hard to beat. It takes some nice shots too!
Hard to say anything bad about it... in camera stock sharpness is a bit soft, but it's adjustable?... Kindof reaching here.

It's the camera I've been dreaming about for years. Seriously. Affordable, and capable of everything I want and need. I have a hard time saying anything bad about this camera. It's potential far exceeds my skills, and I think that will always be the case, even as I improve with it. It just has that much potential.

The ergonomics and button layout just blow me away. It feels like it was made for my hand, it feels solid, professional, and robust. The LCD is fantastic. The features are very wide spread and comprehensive. The image quality is what you'd expect from a professional digital SLR... because that is really what you are getting.

Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Feb 9, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $123.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Price, image quality, weight, price, sharpness, price...
A bit plasticy feeling. Rear cap included is pretty lousy.

If you don't have a 50/1.4 this is a must. You won't find a bigger bang for you buck!

Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX APO IF HSM

Review Date: Feb 9, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $580.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Price, sharp images, nice build quality.
Front lens cap is terrible, a little slow on AF compared to the 70-200VR, hood is a bit finicky sometimes, paint isn't very robust.

I've had this lens for a few weeks now and am very happy with it, other than the negatives listed above. For the price I paid though, I am willing to live with the negatives because they are quite minor. Maybe one day I'll sell it and buy a 70-200VR, but not until I run out of other lenses to buy!