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Nikon 18-70 f/3.5-4.5G AFS DX

DX-18-70_L
Review Date: Jun 13, 2010 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Cheap, quiet and quick focussing, relatively well made, good zoom range for every day use
Cons:
My copy seems to be a dud, weird distortion, images in the mid ground can look soft, lots of CA on one side?

I appear to have a dud copy. Interested to hear if others have had the similar problem.

Its sharpness tends to be variable depending on distance. Weird distortion that cannot be completely eradicated in NX2. My copy seems to have lots of CA on the left hand side?

Focussing ring provides little feel when in manual mode

Ok for general snap shots but would not recommend it for critical use.

the worst lens in my collection by far


 
Nikon 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D AF

1971NCP_180
Review Date: Jun 11, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: mid price walkabout lens very low distortion for a consumer product reasonably sharp
Cons:
silly hood manual focus difficult

I bought this lens after after dropping a nikkor 28-70 (soft) and buying a sigma 28-105 (absolutely terrible distortion) in error.

This is a great consumer grade lens. Good sharpness but also exceptionally low distortion - great for taking people and buildings

Focussing on FM3A a little difficult due to quarter turn from infinity to 0.5 but this is a small price to pay.

Hood completely pointless