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Nikon 24mm f/2.8D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Dec 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, great wide-angle for digital.

I recommend these lens over the 28/2.8s. They're much sharper, same build quality and has extra features already stated down below. I don't see any flaw with this lens. It has a digital length of ~35mm which is great for a general array of wide-angle shots.

I highly recommend this lens.

Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro

Review Date: Dec 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $320.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Extremely sharp. Build is excellent. Macro capabilities right on the dot.

I love these lens because they are built well IMO and they are VERY sharp. For it's use of macro shooting, the lens perform it's job like it is supposed to. It will give you high quality images.

There shouldn't be complaint about AF being slow, but I will address it anyways. Yes it will hunt, but you shouldn't be using AF anyways IMO when you're taking macro shots. Do focusing via manual mode and then shoot away.

I have no complaint about price because I got it at E+ grade for an excellent price, but even new (which I rated the price for), they're still worth it for what it does.

The lens give you room to work unlike the 60mm/2.8s, but I did read that the 60s are a little bit more sharper (I don't own one so I can't critique it), but if you need the extra space, this is the perfect lens to have.

I highly recommend this lens for portrait work (you may need a soft filter), and macro photography (this is an understatement).

Nikon 28mm f/2.8D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Dec 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $50.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Cheap, light, mediocre zoom.
Odd focal length when shooting digital.

I like these lens because they're cheap and light for it's speed and angle of view. The build is ok and they do not feel flimsy like the 50mm/1.8Ds. In fact, they look sturdier than modern lens like the 18-55/3.5-5.6Gs.

The lens can produce great images. They're not extremely sharp like the 50s, but they're sharp either way.

IMO the focal length is pretty odd though. With a the 1.5x crop factor, you get a 42mm focal length. Quite short of normal but a bit longer than 35mm. I would rather get 24mm to get a pretty good wide-angle view (it will be like 36mm).

I sold these and just got myself a 24-120 VR, but I wouldn't recommend against having these as beginner lens.

Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Dec 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $99.99 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Tack sharp. Very light. Cheap.
Build quality.

I like these lens because they are so sharp. At f/8, they produce some of the sharpest images I've taken and the background blur isn't that bad at all. Because of the crop factor, you can actually use these to take portraits, and they work quite well. They produce great shots when taking portraits when you stop down close to wide-open (not very sharp, which is good).

Yes, the build quality isn't all that great. It looks very cheap, and feels real cheap because of the plastic. It seems as if that if the lens would break into pieces if you dropped it. However, they're cheap. Even if you did break it, it wouldn't burn a hole into your pocket.

This is a good lens to have. It's fast for low-light shooting, and can take very sharp shots when you have a good amount of light to allow it. Good beginner lens to have as well since it will not destroy your budget, and allows experimenting.

I highly recommend this lens.

Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8D AF

Review Date: Dec 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast. Very sharp lens. Very durable lens overall.
Push-pull mechanism makes the lens vulnerable to dust.

These lens spent most of it's time attached onto my camera because it's fast and takes care of a good mid-range to short tele (for digital camera). The pictures I've captured with this lens are sharp (I actually feel as if it's a /tad/ bit softer at 35mm compared to the other focal lengths, but it's not bad at all).

The lens are built tough. Seems like even the hands of Zeus can't destroy this lens. I love the Nikon line of lenses that are built out of metal.

The only gripe I have about this lens is the push-pull concept. I prefer having the zooming controlled through a ring. The suction due to the way the zooming is controlled makes the lens prone to having dust being sucked into the lens itself (which is bad).

Nevertheless, I highly recommend these lens. They produce very sharp images and is a must for mid-range/short-tele zoom users.

Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR

Review Date: Dec 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great mid-range lens. VR feature is excellent for low-light shooting. I personally think build quality isn't an issue.
Filter-thread size. Relatively slow (understandable because we all have to accept certain trade-offs).

I got this lens in E+ condition from a Nikon deal for 400 flat, so I have no complaint about the price on my behalf. The price is "ok" new.

Now, before getting these lens, I was also wary about the negative reviews about it. There have been many talk about it being too soft, or VR not working properly, etc.

I happened to get a good copy (in my opinion of what's sharp, etc.). VR does exactly what it's supposed to do. I was able to hand-hold shots in my dim room (shutter speed at around 1/5 sec @ ISO 400 @ 24mm - gotta hate cheapo fluorescent bulbs) and still get relatively sharp pictures for that speed. We all know that with those shutter speeds, you will have blurry shots almost all the time. VR helped in that situation by a mile-stone.

Now, sharpness is good. I have sharper lens such as my 105/2.8s macro so it's definitely not in that level, but it's not /soft/ as many would put it - at least, not under what I define as soft. We all definitely need to accept the trade-off from having such a wide mid-range. However, IMO, it's worth every penny, even if you end up paying 500 dollars for them (from the time you read this review, you could get it for 439.99 NEW because of the Nikon rebate that is going on until 01/15/06).

It does exactly what it's supposed to do and with the VR feature, it helps quite a lot.

I definitely feel as if this is a lens that belongs in everyones' bag.