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Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR

2139NAS_180
Review Date: Dec 25, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: Fast Autofocus, Sharp, Manual Override (some seem to suggest this is almost a given, but only one out of my other three lenses has this, and i quite enjoy it), VR both active and normal, detachable tripod foot, smooth zoom ring and focus ring.
Cons:
Distance scale could be better positioned and bigger. I don't like the way the lens hood locks into place. When using a battery grip to shoot vertically, the focus lock buttons don't align well with one's fingers (without the battery grip, they're perfect)

I haven't had very long to use it yet, but have already fallen in love with this lens. Its sharpness, wide open, is equal to or better than any of my other lenses (85 f/1.8, 80-400 f/4.5-5.6, 18-70 f/3.5-4.5) and makes most women worry about even the slightest imperfections in their skin.

Contrarily to the previous reviewer, i expected this lens to be a bit bigger than it is. I expected its average diameter to be equal to that of the 80-400 VR, it is considerable thinner, though somewhat longer. In terms of length, this lens is comparable to the 80-400 at 400mm.

Its 3 most useful features in my opinion are the constant 2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range, the fast SWM autofocus and the wonderful detachable tripod foot.

Some might say it's heavy. Personally, i disagree. It may be heavier than some other lenses, but those other lenses are light. This shouldn't fatigue anyone who's even just reasonably fit/strong.

Overall, this lens is an absolute beauty and i would recommend it to anyone.


 
Nikon 85mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

1931NCP_180
Review Date: Jun 21, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Small, fast, good IQ starting at around 2.2
Cons:
Screw-on lens hood is very annoying. Not very, but a little soft at 1.8

A nice lens to own. Great for portraits and low-light work. A wee bit soft wide open, but not horribly so. Small and lightweight is very convenient but the screw-on type lens hood is -very- annoying.... still a pleasure to use.

 
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF

1996NAS_180
Review Date: Jul 9, 2007 Recommend? | Price paid: $1,400.00

 
Pros: VR, Range
Cons:
Slow AF

Good stuff. Fine for wildlife, even in motion (as long as it's relatively predictable motion). Love the range it gives me and have found the image quality to be very good.

 
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF

1996NAS_180
Review Date: Jul 7, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Nice range, good colours, relatively sharp
Cons:
cheap tripod mount, slow AF, awkward MF/AF switch

I love the range of this lens, and compared to what i've -owned- in the past of a similar range (AF ZM NIK D 70-300MM F4-5.6 ED) one can tell it is much better quality... I get none if any fringing around highlights.

About the AF: it is slow, but not too horrible, fine for subjects moving in predictable motions.

Tripod mount: as has been said before, it is cheap. take it off and use the lens handheld as it was obviously meant to be used (VR and all...)

AF/MF switch: the ring is slightly awkward to use, but one gets used to it and it's nice the way nikon made "locked" positions as well as free ones.

VR: Very good. Love it.

Rings: Focus: Great smooth motion nice to use.
Zoom: A little stiff... one gets used to it.

Overall, i'm very pleased with the lens, especially moving from the one i previously owned