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Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX

2144NAS_180
Review Date: Jan 17, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: brings the super-wide range to digital, does not limit digital shooters to the 14mm, quiet AF operation, close focusing distance
Cons:
DX allows limited use on 35mm bodies, not f/2.8 and expensive for f/4, position of zoom and focus rings

I don't own this lens, but from rental use, I can comment. It provides a good wide range for digitals, and the glass performance is great. But it's a DX lens, and for those that still shoot film... Also it's expensive for an f/4 lens, and for that price I would expect slightly better build quality. My biggest complaint is personal. because the zoom and focus rings are reversed, quickly switching between bodies shooting sports is a pain. I'm sure I would get used to it eventually, but every other lens I use is the other way. If this lens is right for you, it's great.

 
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR

2139NAS_180
Review Date: Jan 17, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,449.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp, super-fast super-quiet AF, good bokeh, best looking images, built tough, good tripod mount design, perfect range, VR very useful and effective
Cons:
a bit heavy, a bit long, bad hood design

My most favorite lens to shoot with. This lens is built so tough. The images are amazing. The tripod collar is a good redesign from the 80-200, and easily removeable. Can't say the same for the hood-I need to secure it down with tape so I don't lose it. The VR is helpful in many situations. Seems Nikon R&D designed Active mode with paparazzi in mind, as Nikon is the weapon of choice, for shooting on motorcycles. I can't say I've used it much. It is a bit heavy to carry around for a very long time, but for shooting sports or other events for a few hours, it's fine.