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Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX

Review Date: Oct 25, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,049.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: 12mm, wide angle! This lens lets ou step back from a scene and catch the whole thing! It's a wide angle lens that the DLSRs have been waiting for.
Price. Nikon is too proud of this lens.

This is a GREAT lens, but Nikon is too proud and want too much money for it. Let's get real, it's a DX lens (digital only) and they want $1200 for 12-24mm at f/4! F4 - come one! This should be a 2.8 at that price.

But people like me pay it. Why?


It's wide, baby! If you do indoor work and need the whole room, this is the only Nikon game in town. There is a import version that gives you the same f/4 quality (Tonika?) but it's made out of bullet proof steel and weights 2x what the nikon plastic arrangement pounds in at.

I am torn. The lens is worth the grand. But I wonder how many times I will need the wide view. I am taking on his word that it's a keeper on the camera and not to worry about it.

At 12mm there is some obvious distortion that is easily fixable in post production. Half your shots can probably pass untouched. For the size / weight / dimentions I can not believe they could do no better than an f/4. But that being said, I could only imagine the pig it would take to weigh in a f/2 version of this lens.

If you like wide and are digital SLR, just go out and buy this lens. It's good, but you will need to get over the sticker shock, which I am still dealing with.


Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor

Review Date: Oct 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $399.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great for portrait work and superior close-up work.
Tad heavy for a prime, but well worth the weight when you see the results (the Micro stuff makes it heavy I am guessing.)

This was my first prime and I purchased it mainly to do close up macro shots of flowers and bees. I have a D70 and only the kit lens (18-70mm f/3.5-4.5) and wanted a good macro lens and picked this one, and was pleased the minute I started working with it.

I used it for several months for just flower shots. Then two weeks ago I had it on my camera when we went to the park with the kids and started using it for 'normal' shots of the kids. I was *floored* by the results. This is a superior lens to the kit lens at 60mm!

Given it's dual role, I am very very pleased with this lens and can recommend it highly to anyone looking for a good starting point in prime lenses and an interest in macro photography. Just get it and you will see!

(One note, you do have to get rather close to your work in macro mode - ie. inches from the bees. They usually don't sting, so go ahead and try it!)