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Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

2137NCP_180
Review Date: Feb 20, 2009 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Size, weight, cost.
Cons:
Image quality wide open is shocking. Anything wider than 2.8 is unuseable on my copy of this lens.

I may have a bad copy, but there is so much ghosting of the image wide open that it is unuseable. I have just returned it to Nikon UK to see if they can do anything with it.

I have also seen the same effect on my 35-70 before I got rid of it, so I hope it is not a "feature".



 
Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S

2141NCP_180
Review Date: Aug 10, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great range, sharp throughout, fast to focus, Light and compact.
Cons:
A bit plasticy, but that makes it light

I feel I must have a different lens than some of the others here.

Mine is pin sharp at all focal lengths and has become my most used lens.

I have tested it wide open against my 35-70 2.8 and my 50mm prime. I can see a slight difference against the prime and none against the 35-70.

Possibly relevant is that it is much much better than either lens when all are shot wide open.

All in all a great little lens.