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Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX

Review Date: Mar 22, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,024.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very well designed lens, optics great, overall performance very...very nice. Love this lens !
It is neither compact nor light, but balances very well with my cameras.

What can I say, if you like wide angles then this is for you.

Damn... I miss the DOF scales, this lens is perfect for Hyperfocal.

You can get close and still don't distort, unbelievable for landscapes.

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

Review Date: Mar 22, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $485.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Glass and optic design outstanding, weight to size ratio very good meaning it's easy and light to carry around. VR works very well ! AF excelent for my needs.

Having read several dozen reviews about this lens and it's predecessor (mostly negative or not so good), I was very wary of buyng it.

Nevertheless, looking at replacing my AF-n Nikkor 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 -or rather to upgrade to more modern technology- I believed that this lens would be my best possible choice as I do a great part of my shots mostly at dawn and dusk and the VR would hopefully help.

I got my lens two weeks ago and have used it for my last two assignements.

I use Fuji S-2 Pro bodies these days, and at least as far as my particular lens is concerned it is outstanding in optical performance.

I feel that the focus ring should have been at the front instead of behind the zoom ring as my fingers tend to always go the the focus ring first this ring being closer to the camera body where my hand is supporting the camera.

I am mostly a wide angle shooter but my medium tele has been a 180 2.8 Nikkor for the last 20 years and so wouldn't have been impressed by the 24~120mm zoom if not by the very high optical quality of this lens.

Since I am subject to the 1.5 factor with my Fujis, the 24~120mm acts as a 36~180mm.

My zoom lens array begins with the 12~24mm DX Nikkor followed by the 24~120mm (18~36mm and 36~180mm respectivelly in the Fuji).

This lens has become a piece of equipment I automatically include with the equipment to take and has proven to be positive addition to my current set of lenses.

Really outstanding !

Sigma 135-400 MM f/4.5-5.6 ASP AF APO

Review Date: Oct 4, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $416.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Great zoom range and macro capabilities. Excelent glass, very sharp.
Rather large and heavy.

The zoom range is great particularly for DSLR owners as myself, you end up with a 202mm to 600mm that compliments well any 80mm to 200mm zoom or similar.
I have read that image quality is very good up to 300mm, from then on it's a bit soft, but my lens does not show this problem.
I NEVER use it if it's not sitting on my Bogen 3036.
Actually, I never shoot anything and regardless of lens if not on a tripod.
This lens is not intended to be focused manually and the small focus ring is a pain to use, but if you do, it only turns about 95 degrees for the full focus search.
The lens extends to nearly twice the 135mm lenght and so becomes quite long at 400mm.
The autofocus is a bit slow and if it needs to scan through the whole zoom range it takes quite some time to do so.
Macro is beautifull at all lens lenghts and from about f-8 on.
As typical the best apertures are f-8 to f-22, at least for my lens.
It's very well built.
The tripod collar ring is very well made, maybe I would like click stops at each quadrant.
Filters for this lens are 77mm and so a bit on the expensive side, particularly if you buy brand glass as B+W or the such.

Sigma 15-30mm f3.5-4.5 EX Aspherical DG DF

Review Date: Oct 3, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $485.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharp and outstanding zoom range,
A bit large but somewhat light for this size lens.

This lens has been great for my Fujis and the photography I do, mostly lanscapes, texture, and nature.
It was on one of my camera bodies 100 % of the time untill I bought the 12~24mm DX Nikkor.
Have found my lens to be very sharp at all apertures and focal lenghts, color is a bit (but beautifully) warm, just a tinge yellow.
Link to the exposure system of the camera is great and auto exposures are right on, considering variation due to the super wide features when at the widest focal lenght.
Polarizers CAN be used on the lens cover/hood that goes over the non-removable petal shaped lens shade.
With a normal thickness polarizer filter (or any other filter) installed, be carefull as it will vignette at the 15mm. lenght.
I always have a Kasemann circular polarizer installed there and it works just perfect.
The image it forms are very linear and not distorted abnormaly for the 15mm to 30mm that it covers.