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Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

2137NCP_180
Review Date: Mar 26, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $135.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Small, so light you won't feel it in the camera bag, accurate colour rendition, crisp crisp crisp. Small 52mm filters are very low cost.
Cons:
Soft at F/1.8 - F/2.2, hood not included

First - I will summarize:
About as sharp as your sensor can capture, VERY accurate and saturated colour, no CA's, no distortion, feather light, and under $140 - wow.

You would expect a lens that is this small and light to be primarily built from plastic - so the Nikon 50mm F/1.8D should not be a surprise to anyone. BUT - unlike the cheapo Canon 50mm, this Nikon has a metal mount making it perfectly snug on both my crop factor and full frame bodies. Also, unlike the Canon, CA's and related are well under control with this Nikon 50mm (images from my Canon 50mm were gushing with CA's).

- I find the colour reproduction accurate and well saturated.
- There is almost no distortion to speak of.
- Between F/3.2 and F/11 this lens is tremendously sharp.
- Uses small low cost 52mm filters.

FYI - you need to keep your fingers out of the way during focus as the focus ring itself turns when auto-focusing. I point that out because it is a rather petite lens.

Incidentally, I switched from Canon to Nikon 3 years ago after 25 years of being a Canon shooter and have not regretted for a single shot.


 
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED NIKKOR AF-S

224-70
Review Date: Jan 2, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,650.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Rendering / color palette, image quality, sharpness, speed, very low vignetting.
Cons:
Size / weight and sadly, price (but you usually get what you pay for).

Some reviewers posted a low score for this lens because they felt it was too heavy - what??? Didn't you pick it up in the store? Sheesh.

Having been a Canon shooter for 25+ years, this was the first lens I bought when migrating from Canon to Nikon two years ago. I can assure you after 25 years Canon L class glass cannot hold a candle to this lens.

I have consistently found the 24-70's image quality to be outstanding. It doesn't matter what light levels I use this lens in, it doesn't matter the color of light I'm shooting in, nor does subject movement throw it any curves - this lens performs the same way in a very consistent and very dependable manner. Also, I love it's color palette. It is a bit weak at 24mm (distortion) but cleans up to stellar levels at 26mm and stays there throughout the zoom range.

If all you REQUIRE is an f/5.6 lens then sure, go for the lower priced Nikon options. But two full stops of light IS a big deal so; for full frame shooters or, those who seek demanding performance this lens produces amazing imagery.

BTW - I have multiple Zeiss lenses including the 35mm F/2 and 50mm makro. From a sharpness perspective this 24-70mm zoom lens matches the Zeiss. It is the Zeiss RENDERING of images that makes me choose it for certain scenes over this 24-70.

The ONLY reason I did not give this lens a 10 out of 10 is that to me, 10=perfection and I do not think this lens reaches "perfection" status - but - it is an amazing lens that does in fact rival primes for image quality.