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Nikon D100

D100
Review Date: Nov 21, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: High build quality, great image sensor, nice use of dials for controlling functions, long battery life.
Cons:
Small buffer size, somewhat sluggish autofocus, horrible automatic white balance, limited dynamic range.

Out of my seven Nikon cameras - digital and film - this is my favorite. The layout of the controls and quality of construction make this camera a joy to use. I'm not sure what more I can say about this camera other than I have never regretted it's purchase.

 
Nikon D70s

D70
Review Date: Nov 21, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image quality, ease of use, ergonomics, cost, buffer size.
Cons:
No vertical grip accessory, too many buttons - not enough dials, awful high ISO performance, constraining viewfinder.

I purchased this camera to back up my D100 at even shoots, and it has provided solid, if unspectacular results. The camera seems to have a pretty high build quality, but I'm not so sure how it would handle a fall. While not scientific, I simply prefer the D100. It feels better in my hands, especially with the grip attached, and seems to be more robust and dependable overall. That being said, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the D70 to anyone looking at a foray into digital photography.

 
Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor

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Review Date: Nov 21, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, decent AF, big manual focus ring.
Cons:
Awkward AF to M switch.

The more I use this lens, the more I want to use this lens - this must be one of the best signs of a great lens.

 
Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX

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Review Date: Nov 21, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: A real wide for Nikon's DX sensor, lightweight, AFS, solid - although plastic - build quality.
Cons:
DX format, G type - lack of aperture ring, f4.

While I wish this lens was a bit more backward compatible with the classic Nikons in my collection, it has never failed to please me with it's results. This lens is my standard landscape choice, and performs admirably in that function.

 
Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

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Review Date: Nov 21, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $90.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great value for the price, sharp wide open, reasonably fast autofocus.
Cons:
Small manual focusing ring, build quality - although quite good for it's price.

Although this lens might look a bit unassuming, the glass is capable of great results. While I don't use this lens a whole lot, due to my shooting style, it is responsible for a high ratio of my favorite and best photographs. At the price that you can find this lens, especially on the used market, you can't go wrong.

 
Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF

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Review Date: Nov 21, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Constant fast aperture, solid build construction, lightning fast autofocus.
Cons:
The price could be considered prohibitive, although used prices are dropping into a more moderate level.

This is my general shot around lens, and I wouldn't consider leaving home for any sort of photoshoot with it.