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Nikon 24mm f/2.8D AF Nikkor

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Review Date: Feb 13, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Small, reasonably sharp, better built than 50 1.8
Cons:
CA, Flare, not sharper than kit lens.

Iīve also found that the 24 2.8 AF-D is quite sharp wide open, but that it doesnīt get a lot sharper stopped down. At f8, my 18-70 Nikkor zoom lens (@24mm) IS equally as sharp as the 24mm 2.8 at f8, with the kit lens having LESS CA and flare than the prime...and the kit lens does even get better @35mm or 50mm ! I canīt recommend the 24mm 2.8, unless you want to do a lot of low light photography @24mm (36mm in digital). And you also have to consider that the 18-70 is less expensive than the 24 2.8 ! I think Iīll try the 35mm f2 instead as everybody (and I mena REALLY EVERYBODY) says itīs at least as good as the Nikkor pro zooms @35mm while sporting an f2 aperture. And Iīll definitely keep my 18-70. I think itīs VERY good as a kit lens, at the upper end of consumer grade glass.

 
Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

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Review Date: Jan 17, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Small, light, very sharp, cheap.
Cons:
Not too sharp wide open (f1.8), but reasonably sharp at f2.5 and tack sharp at f4; made of plastic...but what to expect with such a price ?? The optics are superb, thatīs all that matters.

My first digital SLR lens. Iīve skipped the 18-55 when I bought my D50 2 months ago and went directly for the 50mm 1.8 as a good starter lens.

So far Iīm very very pleased with its results, and for the price, itīs an absolute bargain. Ok, the 75mm focal length can be strange or a little long in some situations (if itīs your one and only lens) but for portrait work, this little thing is a real winner. And if you seldem need that real wide angle or tele, it may suffice for some time. I love using it, because I know that I will really like the results it produces.

And: for THAT price itīs an absolute sensation, go for it !!!