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Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 AF PRO DX SD

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Review Date: Mar 25, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fantastic lens to use, zoom and focus are entirely internal, feels solid, IQ is great, almost everything?
Cons:
Grainy pictures? (maybe more a body fault) and doesn't go as wide as I'd like

Grabbed this lens second-hand and very happy with it. I would have liked a 10mm wide end, but that would have meant going with either a Tamron or a Sigma, which haven't reviewed as well as the Tokina optically.

Had a lot of fun with the lens already, but a closer examination of the pictures shows a high amount of grain and noise; weird since I'm shooting around ISO 200-600 on my D90. That said, once the images are cleaned up and resized, they look great!

Highly recommended.


 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

28-75mm
Review Date: Feb 24, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $365.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, Fast AF (Nikon screw-drive version), Compact, Great IQ, Creamy bokeh, everything!
Cons:
No VR, 28mm not very wide on DX (obviously), Zoom ring a little wobbly, Focus ring turns with AF

Bought this lens second-hand and I absolutely love it! The image quality is outstanding, very sharp with no visible CA, perfect focus accuracy and blissfully creamy bokeh. Being my first f/2.8 zoom I will say the inevitable: once you go to 2.8, you can never go back!

Absolutely nothing bad to say about the lens, struggled to come up with the cons above. One possible con is if you are unfortunate enough to have the built-in motor version; Tamron AF lens motors are horribly slow and inconsistent. I specifically hunted for the Nikon screw-drive AF version and am glad I did; my AF speed is easily twice as fast as the Canon youtube AF speed test video for this same lens.

Highly recommended!


 
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED DX VR AF-S

18-200dx
Review Date: Dec 9, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $960.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great all-rounder, fast AF, solid build quality, full-time MF override
Cons:
A bit washed out, slightly backfocuses, but of lens creep

My main everyday-holiday lens. Does everything well, but nothing particularly excellent, but I didn't it to either.

Bought this to replace my Tamron 18-270 VC (I got one of the first ones into the country) which had severe AF hunting problems in anything but bright light. The 18-200 by comparison is very quick, very accurate, and has never hunted for focus a single time.

That said the Tamron has slightly better contrast, but nothing that you can't fix in post. The difference is only apparent when comparing photos side-by-side though.

Excellent lens, and highly recommended!


 
Tamron 90MM F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 SP AF

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Review Date: Dec 9, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp, smooth focus ring action
Cons:
Barrel extends alot when focusing closer, AF doesn't work on my sample

Awesome lens, definitely the best in my bag at the moment. AF broken on my sample (my D90 doesn't recognise it as an AF lens) but the shop is replacing it this weekend.

The shots that come through this lens are absolutely stunning. Colours, sharpness, and especially bokeh are amazing. Haven't done much portraiture work with it yet since I'm using it on a crop sensor and MF isn't easy to use with impatient human subjects Smile

The included hood is nearly useless, firstly because the front element is recessed so deeply inside the lens already, and secondly at 1:1 the hood will probably bump part of your object or something around it.

I was choosing between this and the Sigma 105mm macro; both excellent performers at the top of their class, but this one was about $100 cheaper and much easier to find.

Highly recommended!