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Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor

1906NCP_180
Review Date: Oct 21, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: F1.8, Fast AF for a body driven lens, 75 mm on crop, ideal for portraits, light, cheap, well built for 100 bucks
Cons:
None

Simply an excellent lens.

 
Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro

1988NCP_180
Review Date: Oct 21, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Extremely sharp, well constructed, 1:1 Macro capabilities, AF/MF switch on lens itself (easy to use)
Cons:
Extremely slow focussing, it takes about 2 seconds to go from 1:1 to infinity. AF limiter helps. But what the heck, who needs AF on a macro lens :) Only F2.8 on infinity.

Bought mine on Ebay for $350, in excellent shape. It is by far the sharpest lens I own, so I use it not only for macro. For portraits its a bit too long on a crop camera.

 
Nikon 70-210mm f/4-5.6D AF

70-210
Review Date: Mar 24, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very fast focus, build quality, sharp, price.
Cons:
Hard to find, only F4.0-5.6. So almost useless in low light situations. Images are mostly a bit underexposed, but this can be easily corrected in PS.

I bought this lens for my D50 after I read the reviews here and at kenrockwell.com. It's a surprisingly sharp lens, focusses very fast, and has almost no CA. Highly recommended for outdoor use. Build quality exceeds every new lens in the 200$ range! Why did Nikon discontinue this one?!? Because it's to much for the money?