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Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S

Review Date: Oct 5, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: Sharp! Sharp! Sharp! That and the AF-s makes it fast like a bunny.
Dust! Dust! Dust! Tons of dust in my front element. And it was INCREDIBLY wobbly too. Had two samples, and gave up after the second one. Use the Sigma 24-70 f2.8 now.

The lens is sharp, light, and fast to focus. I used it alot as a walkaround lens and the 85mm length meant I didn't *need* to use my big Sigma 70-200 when I wanted that short tele reach. That said, the dust and build quality issues lead me to trade it in for a 12-24dx and 35mm prime. I recently found myself jonesing for a midrange zoom and thought about buying another, but went with the Sigma 24-70 f2.8 instead.

Nikon 35mm f/2D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Jun 17, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $289.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp! Sharp! Sharp! Excellent color rendition. Contrasty. Sharp at f2.0 even! No distortion. Bright. Definitely my favorite lens.
None whatsoever.

I got this lens to fill a gap in my kit for events/party photography. i found that my 12-24 has too much odd distortion at times to really be a workhorse in that realm (close-ish crops of 3-4 people) and that the 50 1.8 was a bit too long. So i snagged this lens. And boy do I not regret it! Thought about picking up the Sigma 24-70 and may still do so, but for now, wow! It's light, inexpensive, and has some great qualities. Buy it. ASAP.

Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF-ED AF

Review Date: Jan 18, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $449.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: It's light, the build quality is good, and of course, the image quality is excellent. Absolutely amazing on my D100..stellar contrasty & saturated images, and SHARP.
Sometimes can be slow focusing, and it's not as "amazing" on my newly purchased "old" F3hp in the corners.

The ED glass, combined with the 18-35 focal range made this lens a must for me when I got my D100. Giving me a 28-52 zoom range allowed me to get a nice wide image, and when I started processing the images, I was blown away with the quality. There's some light fall off and softness in the extreme corners on my old F3, but it's perfect on the D100 and aside from some distortions, is every bit as good (on the D100) as the more expensive and heavy 17-35 f2.8.