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Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor

Review Date: Jan 13, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $420.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: I can't imagine a sharper lens. With good light, it's scary what kind of detail this lens can find. The optics are really well recessed into the barrel...this is a great feature when you have a dog that likes to slurp the camera when you kneel to take a photo of her.
It's nitpicky, but it's the only lens I have with a 62mm filter size .

This is just an all around nice lens.

Nikon D100

Review Date: Apr 8, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,995.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: It's a Nikon! Good construction, 6 megapixels, easy access to most control features.
Sluggish autofocus, a buffer that should have been at least twice as large, no external synch connection, have to buy the battery holder/recorder if you want a 10 pin terminal.

I've really enjoyed this camera a lot in the five months I've owned it. I knew when I bought it I wouldn't be able to work with it in the same way as my F5's, in fact, using it reminds me more of the old days when I used to shoot with a Contax RTS. With the D100, I find myself manually focusing most of the time, and really thinking through when I want to depress the shutter since I have only three or four quick shots at best before it's going to need a buffer break. All that whining aside, the D100 takes great pictures....and that my friends is what a camera is supposed to do.

Really, really petty complaint department: $2000 camera and they can't throw in a hot shoe cover? I suppose no one at Nikon has ever spent an hour at the end of the day cleaning bird poop out of their hot shoe with a toothbrush.

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

Review Date: Apr 8, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $570.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Very sharp through it's whole range, fast focusing.
Locks up on the D100, weighs a ton.

I've had this lens for some time now, and I love it. Out of the box it has the irritating tendancy to lock up on the D100 requiring the camera to be turned off and on again. Sigma has a free fix, but it's still annoying to have to send it off. I've played with all of the Nikon built zooms in this range except the new VR, and this is my favorite. It seems sharper at the extremes than the Nikons, focuses as fast as the AFS' and costs a third as much.

I've heard others complain that the construction of this lens seems flimsy compared to the Nikons. Frankly, I don't know what lens they were holding. Yes, there's a bit of plastic here and there, but it isn't going to cause the lens to fall apart. It may not be a tank, but it's at least an APC!