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Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G AF-S DX

Review Date: Jul 8, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: I dropped this lens and had to borrow a 17-35 AFS from NPS for about one month during the repair period. Man did I miss the extra focal length. This lens is so sharp I don't even need to add additional sharpening in editing software. This is my primary zoom lens on the camera.
It's a bit large and heavy.

Nikon D2Hs

Review Date: Mar 10, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Professional feel, speed, durability and image quality.
None given what this camera is.

I've been using this camera for nearly two years. I also have a D2X (which I use largely for commercial applications). I routinely go back to the D2H for my personal work. I absolutely love it's speed. It's like an F5 in that respect. I think I've only had to wait on the buffer a few times when shooting in RAW. The speed of this camera tells me to shoot like mad and critique later.
The second thing I love about this camera is it's color feel. In my early days I cut my teeth on EPR 64 and processed it myself with sodium hydroxide added for warmth ( kind of an 81b feel ). This camera set at Auto WB resembles that former film / processing feel. I do very little color balance correcting on images shot through this camera.
Thirdly, it's sharp. Generally, I don't need more than 50 % / radius 1 in Unsharp Mask.
Thus far, I have not printed anything larger than 8 x 12 on files through this camera. Those images are sharper than any 35mm film camera I have ever used. I use the Camera Raw upsizing feature in Photoshop instead of step interpolation. My sports shooter friends tell me extreme prints are gorgeous when enlarged via Genuine Fractals.
If you pay close attention to exposure this is probably all the camera anyone would ever need.