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Nikon D700

Review Date: Mar 3, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,600.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Excellent noise, versatile and intuitive functions, fast, good build to weight compromise, excellent file quality, super fast with the grip, great little flash for commander mode, excellent screen and lcd.
Not 24mp.

IMHO, this camera is slightly over priced. Otherwise, it is a great value. I had a D3 and sold it due to the weight. I kept losing circulation in my neck! The D700 is everything the D3 is in a smaller body. The little pop up flash is so handy for the creative flash capabilities. With the grip, you almost have the speed of a D3. The file noise is so low it is amazing what you can pull out of shadows. My only beef with that is the shadows sometimes seem artificially clean. I would definitely buy a second if I weren't expecting a D700x to come out. Don't let anyone fool you, the Canon 5D is OLD by comparison. I suspect the MKII produces no better images than the D700, despite the pixel bragging rights. I bought a used 5D for fun and I felt I had stepped back at least two years in technology. The D300 is simply an aps version of the D700 with a few tweaks missing.

Tamron 28-105MM F/2.8 LD Aspherical (IF)

Review Date: Mar 3, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Great range, fixed aperature, sharp, versatile
heavy, heavy, enormous filter and hood, plastic, some softness

This lens is a great general purpose, mine is bigger than yours, lens. I have had excellent results shooting scenery, stopped down on a tripod. I have experienced the soft glow, but that was on a Fuji S3pro and the same effect does not show up on my Nikon bodies. Tremendous zoom and focus range. Pretty durable for a plastic lens. Hood is very effective and keeping out stray light, branches and fingers.

Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S

Review Date: Mar 3, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,700.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: great zoom range, build quality, fast
soft corners, soft corners, distortion

As a Nikon user, when Canon was producing full frame digital cameras and Nikon was spouting the advantages the APS sensor as a reason for not producing a full frame camera, you knew the full frame was going to come. SO, I didn't want to buy a lens that would be limited to the DX format. I had had a 20 - 35 and it was very solid, I wanted the wider angle and hoped for greater sharpness. Wider angle yes, sharpness depends. At wider aps, this lens is very soft in the corners. So much so I sent it in for a service check. When stopped down to 11, on a tripod, it is very sharp. Some corner fall off, definite barrel distortion at times. Most ocean horizons don't have the shape of a basketball! For clever lens owners, there are preset Photoshop corrections for the distortions. In the old days, you expected better. Compared to a 24mm prime, this lens sucks. In fact, I just bought a 24mm prime to replace this zoom. Saved about 4 lbs. and $1400. The zoom is only an advantage is you must shoot from awkward or varied positions. Otherwise, two primes is a much better choice.