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Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor

Review Date: Nov 17, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Everything

If you are here to check a review of a great lens that costs around 100 USD, you are such a cheapskate!

Sigma 180mm f3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM

Review Date: Nov 17, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: At the price that you pay for it, the build quality and mechanicals of this lens are truly state-of-the-art.
Occasional Hunting, but not a big problem for me, I can work around it. does not bother me at all.

I have not used any of the OEMs equivalents that everyone would otherwise compare this lens to, but when I got my hands on this baby, I was pleased!

The images are stunning, good color contrast and sharp images, when you use it, you get the feeling that it is a lens truly built for macro capabilities and nothing else, I love to work with this lens, so far I have done only macros with it and not any teles...
And the results I have got from it, were stunning, everyone I showed my pictures to were amazed at the sharpness this lens delivers, It does hunt occasionally at the full magnification end when you are working with distant objects, but when I am doing macros its SPOT ON! and can make very minute focus adjustments as per your tiny shifts in subject.

Now I have never used a Nikon equivalent, to compare the sharpness but all I can say is at the price you get it at, it is WELL WORTH the investment.

Coming down to the looks, it looks killer, feels solid and is built like a tank, you get that feeling instantly when you hold it in your hands. The HSM is superb, the smoothest I have come accross so far, better than nikons SWM on the 18-55 for sure!
The tripod collar is rock solid and works really well. The hood provided is nice and I always use it with the hood on, it keeps those accidental finger prints of the front glass, because the hood is pretty deep, so I always use the hood.

All in all I would HIGHLY recommend this lens to the aspiring hobbist who is looking to buy a macro lens of this focal length, I have even known some wildlife pros who have used this lens as part of their main lineup.

I dont think I will ever ever need to upgrade this piece of equipment, unless I get filthy rich and have a lot of money to blow! Smile

Nikon SB-600 AF Speedlight

Review Date: Nov 16, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: iTTL, works wireless with my D200, Superb build quality!

I wanted a flash that worked TTL with my late Nikon D50 and I had a budget, the SB-800 was out of my league, I mean I knew it had the edge over the 600, but I was not ready to spend Rs.17000 (INR) just for a Flash unit, since I'm a hobbist. So I Narrowed it down to the SB-600 and a Sigma Equivalent, then I came here and checked out the reviews and found out that the sigma was not too well built and thats when I made the instant decision to go for the SB-600, so here I am writing this review, I must say its very well built and I can think of doing a lot more using it wirelessly with my new D200 it gives great control on how and where you want your source of light coming from. Also the functions it has in built are very usable and NOT just fancy add-ons, I would HIGHLY recommend any one who wants a good flash but does not want to spend too much buying the 800 variant.
It is simply a sleek piece of equipment and it looks killer when mounted on my D200, I feel proud to own one! Smile