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Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED NIKKOR AF-S

Review Date: Aug 22, 2008 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Excellent results at all focal lengths. Colors are perfect.

It is the best zoom lens I have ever used..

Nikon D300

Review Date: Dec 31, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,799.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: 100% viewfinder. Super color options with the Picture Control feature. The MB-D10 is perfect.
I would love to see ISO 50 as the base instead of 200.

The D200 is a great camera and the D300 is even better. It takes off where the D200 quit. It has more fine tuning options especially for the color palettes. You can tweak the settings and get colors just where you want them right out of the camera. The build is super and the camera just feels right in your hands. Noise control and resolution is also better.

Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO

Review Date: Jun 13, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $380.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, colors are excellent, lightweight.

This is a super lens for portraits. On a DX camera the effective length is 105. It is a macro and shows no distortion. My personal favorite.

Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM

Review Date: Jul 3, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $469.95 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharpness is very good. Colors are nice and warm. This lens is just a pleasure to use. Very wide angle.
For a zoom of this range - none.

I debated over the 12-24 range and this lens. This lens is so much fun to use I am glad I purchased it instead. The elements used in this lens corrects for straight line bending very good - I was a little surprised at how well it does from certain angles. I like it and would definitely recommend it.

Nikon D200

Review Date: May 9, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,700.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Ergonomics is great. Plenty of menu options for all types of shooting. A versatile battery pack that will accept AA batteries of all types. One of the big surprises for me was the purity of the colors with no fringing, possibly due to the CCD design.
Viewfinder is not 100% coverage.

A beautifully crafted camera full of options.

Tamron 28-105MM F/2.8 LD Aspherical (IF)

Review Date: Oct 14, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very sharp. Vivid colors. Constant f/2.8 aperture.
Focus is a bit slow and not whisper quite. Composite material may not hold up as well as metal - but the newer tripods made of composite materials seem to do very good.

I felt like the other ratings of this lens was a little low. The number of elements it has and the quality of the elements speaks for itself. True - the focus is slow and it searches sometimes in low light, but I still find it manageable. I love the colors and the sharpness of this lens. It does show some distortion (bending straight lines on a building) if used at some angles and at 28mm. It does cover a good range for portraits and at f/5.6 or f/8 is very cabable.

Sigma 50-500mm f4-6.3 EX APO RF HSM

Review Date: Jul 15, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $915.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Versatile zoom range, very sharp, extremely quite focusing.
Would love this in a 2.8 :)

Having had this DG version of the lens I would hate to be without it. I can use it for portraits or can photograph wildlife or even scenics. You will need to use a tripod for best results. The tripod mount allows the lens to be moved to a vertical position very easy. Highly recommended.