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Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

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Review Date: Nov 10, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $499.99 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Pleasing bokeh, sharp, excellent contrast, HSM is pretty fast
Cons:
Mine required a small AF fine tuning on D300

Simply the best autofocus 50mm out there today. Twice the size of typical 50mm lenses but it balances well on heavier Nikon bodies. Mine required +5 dialed in with the AF-tuning but after that it was spot on. The sharpest autofocus 50mm I've used to date. Autofocus is silent. Build quality is excellent.

 
Nikon 18-70 f/3.5-4.5G AFS DX

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Review Date: Oct 2, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $170.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Image quality, focus speed, perfect size for travel
Cons:
Zoom ring is covered when hood reversed

Skeptic turned believer

 
Nikon D700

D700
Review Date: Aug 12, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,995.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image quality, low light AF, handling/ergs, build quality, LCD, sensor cleaning, exposure/WB accuracy for most situations pretty good, customization of controls/menus
Cons:
Would have been nice if they offered a free version of Capture NX1.X or free upgrade to NX2 from NX

Manual focus of my AIS Nikkors has been a pleasure with the D700. The lack of a slower wide-to-tele f/4 VR zoom lens to accompany the D700 is my only wish, something like an updated 24-120 VR or new 24-105 f/4 VR. I haven't found any significant departures in exposure and AF-speed/acquisition in comparison to my prior experience with the D3 or D300. With the great lens options for DX format users I think the main advantages in the D700 are brighter viewfinder, 1-2 stop cleaner ISOs at the high end, more robust thumb-wheel selector and a form factor in between D3 and D300.