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Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor

18-55VR
Review Date: Oct 28, 2008 Recommend? no | Price paid: $159.00 | Rating: 3 

 
Pros: Cheap
Cons:
You get what you pay for

I must have gotten a very bad copy from B&H (white box).

I received at noon, did roughly 20 shots at the apertures it's supposed to shine (f8 ~ f11) and beyond - the results were terrible - the same shots taken with my 18-35mm, which is not that good, looked great next to the 18-55mm VR.

Returned it within a few hours.


 
Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF

1986NAS_180
Review Date: May 7, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: A Real f/2.8 Long Zoom - Fast AF - Build Quality
Cons:
Weight - No VR

The Nikkor actually performs at f/2.8. AF is as fast as my other AF-S lenses, especially with the Limit setting on. The Macro function is a plus.

Without VR, it is hard to keep a steady hand at 200mm, so a tripod or a sturdy monopod is recommended. Although the collar is not as massive as the lens itself, it works. Definitely not the glass you'd want to tote around all day. It's built like a tank and weights nearly as much.



 
Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX Diagonal Fisheye

15mm_Lg_1_
Review Date: Apr 29, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $380.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Build Quality - Excellent Optics - Great Price
Cons:
Fish Distortion?

There are other super-wide alternatives out there, but none deliver the overall "value" this little gem provides. It's small enough to carry in the bag if needed. It's f/2.8 bright and the AF works very well on D100 and D70. It's quite sharp at close range, but at the infinity setting, the lens produced somewhat softer images. Flare or ghosting was not an issue for such wide glass either.

Remember, it' a fish, so you must use the 22.5mm [135] wisely. It can render dramatic images if shots are carefully composed.


 
Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF-ED AF

1998NCP_180
Review Date: Apr 22, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $290.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: It's not the $1500 17-35 f/2.8, but ED glass and a fairly quick IF AF is a good start. Add the very usable focal range of 18~35 and the 77mm filter size, and this lightweight marvel is hard to pass up on a D100 or D70. Images are very good at 35mm and good at 24mm.
Cons:
Barrel distortion at widest end [18mm] is quite noticeable.



 
Nikon 24mm f/2.8D AF Nikkor

1919NCP_180
Review Date: Apr 21, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $260.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp, Fast f/2.8, Small and Close Range Correction (CRC)
Cons:
No Zoom?

It's a prime lens, redering very sharp detail and acceptable distortion when objects are placed in the corners. Stopped down, this lens is as good as any pro-level zoom.
Being fast and a 36mm equivalent on a D100/D70, this lens is perfect for shooting night live, parties, etc. It's small size allows the pop-up flash on the D70 to work flawlessly. With the Nikon rebate available, it is too good to pass up.


 
Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S

2141NCP_180
Review Date: Apr 13, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $360.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: AF-S is swift and accurate. Image quality exceeds the consumer price of this lens. It's light and easy to carry around all day.
Cons:
For the price, none.

On a D100 or D70 this lens performs flawlessly. It's light and a very good starter lens.