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Tamron 90MM F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 SP AF

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Review Date: May 10, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: sharp lens, excellent, creamy bokeh, a delight to use.
Cons:
sometimes hunts for focus; shallow depth of field at macro distance; sharpness drops off dramatically below f8; variable minimum aperture at macro.

A great lens i'd highly recommend. I actually prefer it over the Nikon 105mm VR due to price, and also because the sharpness is almost the same, and i find the 90mm easier to use w/ digital than the 105mm.
Overall a great lens: the creamy bokeh makes flowers, butterflies, etc. stand out and look great.
I find the manual/auto push pull to take a couple times to get used to, but it soon becomes a no brainer.
At macro, depth of field is always a problem- stopping down doesn't help because beyond f8 the sharpness rapidly deteriorates.
I got the Tamron $90 rebate, a great plus, and received it with in 2 weeks of filing for it!
Overall I'm very pleased with this lens, it is a great addition.


 
Nikon D50

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Review Date: May 9, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: reasonable price, excellent quality, tremendous amount of features for the price plus the Nikon name, quality and number of lenses available for use.
Cons:
One could always use more ISO for low light photography, or hand holding telephotos

I've used the Nikon D50 for over a year now in all situations- in church last night w/ no flash, bird photography, nature/beach and macro flower photography, etc. It is a great all around camera w/ few flaws, especially considering the price.

One could ask for more ISO, but then the D3 is about $4500 more! I find the D50 over exposes a little, so i set it to a -0.3 or -0.7. I find the color and saturation to be great.

My friend steered me to the 50 instead of the 40 as he said the 50 could use lenses the 40 couldn't- he gave me a 70-300 to prove it. Thanks Art!