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Sigma 105mm f2.8 EX Macro 1:1 Lens

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Review Date: Nov 17, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp as h.. Nice focus ring. also good for portraits
Cons:
noisy & slow AF. extending front element

Before I bought this lens I was in doubt whether to boy the nikon or the sigma version. I then tried the nikon lens at a friend and wasn't really impressed. I hated the focus ring on it.

Then I read a review at photodo.com. They rated the sigma 4,1 where the nikon was 3,9. that did it for me, and I haven regret that. the feel of the focus ring is so smooth and well damped. And the images are tack sharp!
AF is rubbish on both lenses, but I only ever use that when I occasionally shoot handheld, out of the studio portraits.

My lens is the DG version with an exstra anti reflex treatment on the back (can't really tell the difference)


 
Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX

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Review Date: Nov 17, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Nice feel, build quality. sharp at all but the widest focal range.
Cons:
not f2,8, DX format!!!

I do a lot of indoor shooting, and since I started to go digital, I have missed a true wideangle for my D2h.

It is the lens that I use 70% of the time, and it has grown on me since I bought it used a month ago. I just wish it had'nt been that freakin' DX format, I would have liked to mount it on my F5...

It is not as sharp as I would have liked it to be, but it hasn't really let me down yet anyway.