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Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G AF-S DX

Review Date: Feb 16, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: Great lens...
I don;t think there are any

Since I shoot every now and then slides and B&W on an F5 and N90s, I had my hesitations before shedding $1,200 for a DX lens to play along with my new D200 (before I was using a D100 with 18-70 and other Nikkors). All of them were gone when I received it, the lens is built like a tank and work as one. I have plenty of subjects around my house, as soon as I opened the box I headed outside the house to shoot several subjects @ F2.8 all focall lenghts.. They all are tack sharp, the AF is so fast and silent I had to check if I had switched the body to 'M' by accident. Only glitch (might be me) the zooming ring is a bit tight. If it doesn't get loose on due time, I'll send it to Nikon to loosen it up a bit. I could send it back to B&H for an exchange, but what if a get one without this minor glitch but with an optical one? Again, is not a big deal, it might be me....

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Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX Diagonal Fisheye

Review Date: Dec 23, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $339.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great price,performance,lens cap......
None so far after 3 years using it!

Got this lens from Smile Photo almost 3 years ago and this lens is A+ for the money. TACK sharp even at 2.8, great for indoors and exagerating perspective when used on digital bodies with lens factor. HSM is great but I personally don't think it is necessary since there is so little to focus at this focal lenght. I don't agree with the previous post complaining about the lens cap. This cap design is a great feature and it is also included in the 14mm F/2.8 which I also own (that's why I turned down Tamron's 14mm and don't regret it). The design of the cap is a great protection for the glass (on or off your camera), remember, you bump this lens on the hood and the impact will end up on the front element. So, the way it is, is the way it should be; I think the big guys Canon and Nikon should copy this. Try some shots using the lens cap holder on the lens and you'll get great special effects, almost like the one created (black circle) by the 8mm full frame version when used on my F5 or your Canon film camera. Recently in a workshop a friend of mine saw it and inmediately ordered in Canon mount. He's also very pleased with it.

In weddings this lens will create images when used accordingly to the situation that will impact your clients. When used on film cameras, beware of your own feet and belly are not on the frame, especially in vertical shots. Got also the Sigma 300mm F/2.8 and very pleased with it. Its hood comes in a velvety finish which in my opinion absorbs stray light that might hit the HUGE front element. Looking forward to get the 20mm 1.8 also from Sigma. Overall, I'm very satisfied with Sigma's EX series. Don't leave home without one of these fisheye lenses!

These shots were taken with the fisheye on a nikon D-100, the lens gives great color and contrast rendition with almost polarized light although a polarizer can't be used.

These ones with the sigma 300mm F/2.8 manual F/5.6 @ 1/500sec on a D-100 ISO 200. Drop-in polarizer used. Photos were taken at the Corona & Oakley Surf Contest in Isabela, Puerto Rico.