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Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor

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Review Date: Feb 4, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $250.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Extremely sharp, nice bokeh, smooth focusing ring, solidly built for a plastic lens.
Cons:
Some fall-off at maximum aperture, short focus throw, shallow lens hood.

This is a legendary lens. I really can't say much about its optical quality that hasn't been said, except that there is a little bit of light fall-off at its maxumum aperture, especially when focusing closer than about 1:5. Otherwise, it's just spectacular. The Micro-Nikkor family arguably comprises the sharpest lenses ever made for 35mm photography.

Like most AF lenses, its focus throw is very short: about 360 degrees. People who want to do manual-focus macro would be well-advised to buy... a manual-focus macro!

Mounting a UV filter on this lens is a depressing experience, because you lose some of the advantages of the deeply-recessed front element. Nikon's (now hard-to-find) HN-22 lens shade is quite shallow and only helps a little. Thus, this is one of the few lenses that deserves a multicoated UV filter.


 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Jan 31, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,150.00 | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Fast AF, metal barrel.
Cons:
Optical performance mixed.

My use of the 35mm format revolves completely around this type of lens. After buying four copies of Canon's 24-70 lens, I gave up on it. First, like the other reviewers, I couldn't find a copy that was sharp at f/2.8, which is unforgiveable. Second, the close focusing, while never the strong point of such a lens, was just abominable.

After trying Nikon's 28-70 f/2.8, I dumped Canon and switched over to Nikon. I miss a lot of things about Canon, but having a fast normal zoom with acceptable performance at large apertures outweighs most of them for me (not necessarily you).

I have shot extensively with Canon's discontinued 28-70/2.8, which was a far superior lens to this one.


 
Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S

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Review Date: Jan 31, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Optical superiority over Canon's 24-70, superb build quality.
Cons:
Big and heavy.

My use of the 35mm format revolves completely around this type of lens. After buying four copies of Canon's 24-70 lens, and finding none of them sharp at f/2.8, and their macro performance completely useless, I dumped Canon and switched to Nikon. I take none of the same faults with this lens, although I do notice a tiny bit of chromatic aberration in the corners even at f/8.