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Nikon 35mm f/2D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Dec 31, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $250.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: small, lightweight, close-focusing, sharp, fairly bright, well-built, versatile length for a DX body
expensive compared to 50mm f1.8 (not really a negative)

After having the 50mm f1.8 for years and not really using it much, I finally moved to the 35mm f2. It feels like such an upgrade. I use it all the time now. The length is perfect for a DX body. It's sharp, lightweight and great for walking around. Any time I feel lazy, I bring this lens and it's a cinch.

The thing that I didn't really expect was how good the close focusing ability and image quality. The colors are contrasty and true to me. The build is what I expected and although it's plastic, I think it'll last plenty long for me. The lens shade is aluminum and will also help protect the front element.

Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Apr 6, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Great value, fairly sharp, fast autofocus, full-time manual focus
Bad zoom creep, odd 67mm filter size, sometimes mis-focused using 10D, felt cheap, zoom grip sometimes slippery or difficult to grab

Used on 10D.

Focus was fast and quiet though sometimes accuracy was questionable at times. The lens would easily creep to full zoom when walking with camera tethered from the strap.

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

Review Date: Apr 6, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: AF-S is great for fast and accurate focus, full-time manual focusing, very sharp, not too heavy, excellent value
Odd 67mm filter size, can be susceptible to dust, mild distortion

Used on a D100.

Some users have complained about focus creep, but mine is nice and tight and does not creep unless I'm running or something. Because of FOV crop on my D100, the best part of the lens is used. Great starting combo for the D100 and very versatile.

If purchased with certain Nikon bodies such as the D100, you can get $100 off in the form of a mail-in rebate at this time, otherwise only $50 off.

Nikon D100

Review Date: Apr 6, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: New lower price, instant on, fast image review, superb low-light focus, good eye-point, unique manual feel, comfortable in hand, great ergonomics, format without going into menus, viewfinder grid, LCD cover, good ISO range, solid build, super-long battery life, excellent viewfinder information
Image noise only acceptable, dust prone, bad compressed NEF, bad NEF buffer, no ISO 100, focus tracking is average, RAW software not included, images not as sharp as competition

I've compared this camera extensively for my usage against the new Caon 10D for 2 weeks now and I've finally decided on the D100. Although the Canon quality glass with USM/IS is cheaper than Nikon equivalents, the fact that I feel the 10D's image are more usable out of the camera in JPEG, the D100 eventually won me over. I like the fact that Nikon lenses also include the hood whereas with Canon this needs to be ordered in addition to the lens. The D100 brought out the shooter in me. It is very comfortable to hold for long periods of time, starts up instantly for those Kodak moments, never failed to focus when expected to, and overall gives me a more well-rounded photography experience. I have moved up to D-SLRs from a CP880 to a CP995 to a G2 and then to a G3. Maybe because I'm new to D-SLR shooting, but that's okay. The D100 to me is a very reliable and excellent choice. Definitely do not go by anyone's review alone, try your camera before you commit.