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Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR

Review Date: Jul 20, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: very fast, razor sharp; VR is superb
expensive, but worth every cent!

....it took me some time to make the final decision to spend quite a big sum for this lens. After I got it, I argued with myself for not having made the purchase earlier.....

The lens is rather big, however, it is still very easy to handle. VR is superb! I would recommend it to friend without any hesitation.

Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight

Review Date: Jan 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: veeeery powerful flash; fast recycle time; good battery life; nice set of accessories supplied; wireless works like a charm!!
expensive, however, it's worth every cent; the written manual could be improved.

If you can afford it - buy it!

Sigma 24-135mm f/2.8-4.5 Aspherical IF

Review Date: Sep 17, 2004 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 2 

Pros: nice zoom range
soooooft, build quality, loud and slow autofocus

I bought this lens because of the zoom range but I was really disappointed because it is so soft (and believe me, I did a lot of 'experiments'). Build quality is not what I expected from Sigma, autofocus is loud and slow.

A real disappointment!

Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S

Review Date: Sep 17, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: very fast, silent autofocus, sharp, light, price, price...
If I have to think of a negative point, I'd say, I don't like the odd 67mm filters....

This lens replaced a Sigma 24-135, which has a nice range, but it was way too soft and the build quality was not that good at all.

For me the AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-85 is the ideal 'walk-around' lens.

So far I didn't have any dust related problems - I hope it stays that way....