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Tamron 90MM F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 SP AF

Review Date: May 10, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp lens, excellent, creamy bokeh, a delight to use.
sometimes hunts for focus; shallow depth of field at macro distance; sharpness drops off dramatically below f8; variable minimum aperture at macro.

A great lens i'd highly recommend. I actually prefer it over the Nikon 105mm VR due to price, and also because the sharpness is almost the same, and i find the 90mm easier to use w/ digital than the 105mm.
Overall a great lens: the creamy bokeh makes flowers, butterflies, etc. stand out and look great.
I find the manual/auto push pull to take a couple times to get used to, but it soon becomes a no brainer.
At macro, depth of field is always a problem- stopping down doesn't help because beyond f8 the sharpness rapidly deteriorates.
I got the Tamron $90 rebate, a great plus, and received it with in 2 weeks of filing for it!
Overall I'm very pleased with this lens, it is a great addition.

Nikon D50

Review Date: May 9, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: reasonable price, excellent quality, tremendous amount of features for the price plus the Nikon name, quality and number of lenses available for use.
One could always use more ISO for low light photography, or hand holding telephotos

I've used the Nikon D50 for over a year now in all situations- in church last night w/ no flash, bird photography, nature/beach and macro flower photography, etc. It is a great all around camera w/ few flaws, especially considering the price.

One could ask for more ISO, but then the D3 is about $4500 more! I find the D50 over exposes a little, so i set it to a -0.3 or -0.7. I find the color and saturation to be great.

My friend steered me to the 50 instead of the 40 as he said the 50 could use lenses the 40 couldn't- he gave me a 70-300 to prove it. Thanks Art!