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Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED NIKKOR AF-S

224-70
Review Date: Jan 19, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,699.95 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Extremely sharp, starting right at f/2.8; great feel to the lens, Beats previous standard zooms in image quality (28-70 f/2.8, 17-55 f/2.8, etc.), sharper than all primes in it's range, very fast focus and near silent focus (better than almost any other AFS Nikkor I've tried to date). In summary: One wickedly sharp, contrasty lens with excellent bokeh--a must have!
Cons:
A little longer than expected, somewhat heavy.

This lens is simply awesome--oh yeah, and it's a zoom lens (you almost forget when viewing the images--however its size & heft gently remind you its a zoom!). This lens is sharper wide open than the 17-55 f/2.8 and the 28-70 f/2.8, and is unbelievable when stopped down. This lens, mated to the D3 is *the* combination for shooting weddings.

This lens focuses extremely fast and is unbelievably silent when focusing--quieter than every other AFS lens I've tried so far, and I've owned and tried quiet a few of them).

The optical performance is simply off the charts. At 24 mm and f/4 on a D200, the lens hits 2320 lines/mm resolution! Simply astonishing!

I've had no problems so far with AF at widest zoom setting--no problem whatsoever. I suppose one needs to make sure the AF target at widest zoom setting isn't 'confusing' for the AF system (as in too many small, contrasty targets for the AF to lock onto--thus the camera may choose a different target than you want; maybe this is a stretch? I haven't had any problems at all).

Overall, a must have lens and a perfect mate for the D3. Highly recommended.


 
Nikon 200mm f/2G IF-ED AF-S VR

200f2
Review Date: Dec 20, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Unbelievable sharpness starting right at f/2.0, amazingly fast AF speed, VR that works awesome, the best bokeh of any lens, easy to handhold, well balance, works wonderfully with TC's.
Cons:
Heavy? But what do you expect from a 200 f/2 with VR?

This is an astonishing lens on every body I've used it on: the D70, D200, D2Hs, S5 Pro, and now the D3. This lens allows you to get the shot that you can't with the 70-200 f/2.8 VR. The sharpness of this lens wide open is better than the 70-200 f/2.8 reaches (at 200 mm) at any f-stop.

The AF of this lens is leagues faster than the 70-200 VR.

Believe it or not, this is a very practical lens due to its versatility in terms of max aperture and how well it works with TC's. If you're torn between the 200-400 f/4 VR and this lens, my vote goes for getting this lens with the TC's (including the TC-20EII). The only reason to get the 200-400 is if you *must have* the flexibility of the zoom lens. Otherwise, the 200 f/2 is the route to go as you've got two extra stops of light at 200mm, 1 extra stop at 300, and you're no worse off at 400mm & f/4.

Owning this lens is the one reason I stuck it out with Nikon while waiting for the D3 to be released. Now that I own the D3 also, I've no desire whatsoever to switch to Canon (although I am happy for Canon shooters that Canon has finally announced the introduction of their own 200 f/2 USM IS lens, which I'm sure will also be a great performer).

I use this lens for portraits, weddings, and indoor low-light events. The selective DOF on a FF body is simply amazing!

Get it and you won't regret it.

Thanks for adding this lens to the Nikon lens review list Fred (keep up the good work!).


 
Nikon D3

d3
Review Date: Dec 19, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Unbelievable High ISO performance, Awesome AF, FF, dual CF card slots, AF fine tuning, Accurate and repeatable AF that works excellent in WAY low light conditions (ISO6400, 1/80th, f/2.5), great ergos, awesome LCD, excellent highlight and shadow recovery, 14 bit RAW images, 12 MP (and not more!), automatic lateral CA correction, the list goes on and on.
Cons:
None. It's finally THE perfect camera.

An awesome body! This is the perfect wedding body period! The images produced by this body and the 200 f/2 AFS VR are out of this world. The high ISO performance sets a new standard, the DR is great. 12 MP is the perfect balance of enough detail, not too large of file sizes, and crop-ability.

The ultimate wedding camera. Well done Nikon! I wish I could give this a higher rating.

Now, if we can just get Fred to add the 200 f/2 VR lens to the Nikon primes I could review that also, but alas, my request of nearly a year goes unfulfilled.