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Nikon 70-210mm f/4-5.6D AF

70-210
Review Date: Sep 28, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Price, performance, weight
Cons:
a bit soft wide open, speed even at wide open

I've used this lens for 3-4 months now as my workhorse telezoom, and it has met my expectations as an excellent telezoom for the beginner or someone on a budget.

Distortion: very low at all focal lengths, besides, this is a telephoto, not like we're doing architecture or something.

Focus Speed: very very snappy, for a non AF-S, this is as good as it'll get Smile extremely fast in a way that will make all other non AF-s seem really slow

Flare/Ghosting: very good, I don't have an issue with this unless shooting almost directly at the sun, and I don't have the hood!

Chromatic Aberration: this is non-ED, so you will get some in high contrast shots, but shoot NEF and use Camera Raw or whatever post processor you want and you can get rid of them, I did

Build Quality: Pretty damn good, especially in today's world of plastic (nothing again the material, just the feel of some lenses) lenses, this is metal, so you can beat people with it Wink hehe, j/k

Sharpness: Decent wide open, but stop down to F8 and you'll just make images that cuts through anything, very very sharp

Handeling: I'm not a fan of push-pull zoom, but for the price, what can I say, I'll learn and it is growing on me Smile


***OVERALL***

I like it a lot, don't expect 80-200 F2.8 stuff from it obviously, take care to shot in well lit areas so you can stop down for that sharpness