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Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR AF-S

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Review Date: May 19, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $280.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Price, VR, Range
Cons:
Bit plasticky

For the money I wasn't expecting that much from this lens, but from it's first outing at a football match, I was pleasantly surprised Smile The Autofocus tracked fast & detail was more than acceptable.

Very good for the money.

Sample shots from the football match, all taken with this lens :-

Sample Shot 1
Sample Shot 2
Sample Shot 3


 
Sigma 105mm f2.8 EX Macro 1:1 Lens

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Review Date: Apr 27, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great Portrait lens
Cons:

Bought this lens specifically for Portrait photography. Extremely sharp optics (sometimes too sharp for portraits). Colours are faithful & although a little AF hunting can occur, nothing to worry about

Example shots here :- http://www.davidjameswilliams.com/portrait/katie-s-portraits/


 
Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX APO IF HSM

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Review Date: May 11, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Produces very sharp images. Fast focus & good price
Cons:
Relatively heavily, but what do you expect from f/2.8 glass

Had this lens for about a year & always pleased with the results from any shoots. I know quite a few people who shoot sport, who have adopted this lens over the canon equivalent.

Example shot taken from RIAT Air show :- http://www.simplymono.com/gallery/index.php?id=4

The f/2.8 is great for isolating a subject by throwing the background out of focus.



 
Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor

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Review Date: Apr 9, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Best bang for bucks you'll get from any lens.
Cons:
It will make you question why other lenses cost so much

Should be compulsory lens in everyones bag. I compared this against my Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 lens, & it beat it in pure image quality terms, at a tenth of the cost ( I know its a prime vs a zoom, but hey )

The f/1.8 allows you to shoot indoors using only natural window light, which I love for shots. Example one here :- http://www.pixalo.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/441/cat/500/ppuser/164

Just buy one ....you know you want to Wink


 
Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G AF-S DX

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Review Date: Mar 28, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build quality, speed of lens, optical quality
Cons:
Price, but hey if you want the best

Could never justify the new price, but then managed to get hold of a decent 2nd hand one. Did some initial tests vs the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 & Nikon 18-200mm lenses. Wiped the floor with the 18-200 & came very close to the prime lens ...which is very impressive for a zoom.

This was the 1st shot I took with the lens, with minimal post processing :- http://www.pixalo.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/3108/cat/500/ppuser/164

An excellent piece of glass.


 
Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM

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Review Date: Mar 10, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Amazing wide angle view
Cons:
None

This lens spends more time on my camera than any other. I just love the wide angle offer such impact to an otherwise normal shot. Here's an example of :- http://www.pixalo.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5185/cat/500/ppuser/164

Remember also vs 12mm lenses, the 10mm end offers extra 10 degrees view