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Nikon 18mm f/2.8D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Dec 27, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $645.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Size, performance, weight.
Price even used is high unless you get a private sale

Bought this lens as a lightweight alternative to my 17-35 can literally put this one in your coat pocket and along with a D700/24-10VR have a nice lightweight FX travel kit. So far I've been impressed, after reading a lot of bad reviews I've been pleasantly surprised by the image quality I'm getting form this lens. I use it under demanding conditions at dusk in city where flare is a big issue normally.

Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR AF-S

Review Date: Oct 18, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $425.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Quality, Cost, Size, Weight
Some hunting in low light/contrast situations

Bought this shortly after moving to Nikon about a year ago, looked at my options in this range in FX and it was either this or the 70-200VR 1. I like to travel light so figured I'd give it a try. Well I've been impressed, I came over from a 5D, 70-200 F4LIS set up so I'd be asking a lot from a consumer type lens to replace the L. It does not have quite the bite of the Canon but it's not very far behind. I find my copy sharp at the 300mm end and I shoot it wide open quite a bit. I shoot stock and the images are viewed by editors at 100%, if it was not up to the job I'd be using the F2.8

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED NIKKOR AF-S

Review Date: Mar 11, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Lack of flare, ghosting, sharp, bulid.

This lens and the D700 are a match made in heaven. This is what i was looking for when I had the 5D 24-70L combo, but alas that did was not to be. This is a quality lens, I can shoot contre-jour and not worry about flare or ghosting and did I say it was sharp. Every time I open an image and enlarge to 100% it's not, I wonder if it will hold up a la the "L", it's wow this lens delivers long as I do my part.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Jan 20, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,035.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Super quality, sharp, build, size and weight, IS.
Attaching hood a PITA

My most used lens on 5D it produces every time, no worries about image quality here even for peepers at 100%. Sharp, lghtweight well built and having IS a really a boon it has changed the way i work. Along with a 16-35mm 11 I can cover 90% of what I shoot, add a 50mm F1.4 and I have a complete travel kit.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Jan 15, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Better corner sharpness, flare suppression, lower vignetting

Finally have has this lens long enough to compare with my 17-40L both used on a 5D. Corners are much, much better none of the softness seen on the 17-40L at f5.6, flare is well suppressed so much improved compared to the latter. I can shoot city scenes at dusk with lots of extraneous light sources without worrying about weird flare spots. Vignetting has not been a problem so far and having f2.8 available is a huge plus.

Is i worth the money? If you use it to earn a crust by all means yes.