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Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF-ED AF

Review Date: Dec 3, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: Price, weight, size, relatively fast AF
weight (a bit light at times), no constant aperture, not supersharp wide-open, noisy AF

Good lens but it is soft wide open, and is a slowish f/3.5. Noisy AF too. buy this if you cant afford the 17-35 2.8


Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Jul 6, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $100.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Can't beat the price, ultra-sharp, great color/contrast, excellent in low light
build quality is not so high, slow and noisy autofocus

I bought this as my first lens for the Nikon D70. This lens is truly a gem for $100-- awesome color, contrast, and the price cannot be beat for a great indoor-use lens. This lens makes a terrific walkaround lens!

One thing that bothers me is the slowish and noisy autofocus, which precludes me from using it for theatre work as it would be distruptive to the performance.

The build quality is not so high, feels somewhat cheap and plasticky, although you do get what you pay for!

All in all, this lens is terrific if you want a general use or indoor-use lens, that has great color, contrast, and sharpness. If you are looking for a superfast af-ing or quiet lens for theatre performances, look elsewhere.

I give this lens 4.5/5 -- missing the .5 for the reasons noted above.

Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S

Review Date: Jul 6, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

Pros: Quick to autofocus on D70, very light, decent price for AF-S zoom
Zoom became stuck at certain focal lengths, build quality not so good, easy to get dust inside lens

This lens is a strong performer as a walkaround lens, although it is not really the range I use most for PJ-type work. The lens is nice and quiet, and very light when used with a Nikon D70. The lens seemed to focus very quickly compared to my non AF-S lenses.

One thing that occurred with my copy was the lens became stuck at certain focal lengths (35) and then began getting worse and started sticking at nearly every focal length (85, 75, 50, 35, and 24). This may have been a lemon lens or an inherent defect...

I liked this lens overall, as it is a bargain for the money (AF-S at under $400).