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

Review Date: Mar 29, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,575.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Awesome construction and clarity. Great Bokeh. THE lens to have in this range, whether prime or zoom.
Slightly long. And not even that is an issue with this lens.

My analogy is simple for those that know aviation. (If not, you can still get my point).
This is like transitioning from a mid 1980's Gulfstream III to a fresh off the production like Gulfstream G450. While its predecessor (the 28-70 f/2.8 in my case) was a great piece of equipment and can still get the job done very well, the capabilities and performance of the new model are simply eye watering in comparison.
In conclusion, I quote the incomprable Ferris Buehler: "It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up".

Nikon TC-20E II 2x AF-S

Review Date: Apr 3, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Nikon product. Good tool when used correctly.
Not as sharp as the 1.4 (and the 1.7) but then again it can't be.

Many see the TC-17EII as the ideal compromise in tele-converters. I tend to agree, but for that additional reach, it is hard to beat the 2 when used correctly...

Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S

Review Date: Mar 28, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $950.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Great colors, bokeh, sharpness. Very sturdy construction.
A tad heavy, and it is expensive...

This is the long awaited partner to my 12-24 and 70-200VR.

It was a protracted debate with myself whether to get this lens or Nikon's great 17-55. Talk about a win-win situation! I ultimately chose this lens for it's slightly longer reach. I shoot lots of indoor sports and felt this would be more beneficial to my shooting needs.

It feels great on both my D2H and my D200. Wonderful images.

If you get this lens, you will be happy!

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

Review Date: Sep 11, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: It's good to have wide angles again. Nikon overall quality.
Not built like a Nikon pro lens, even though it has the pro price. It SHOULD be f/2.8, and it would be nice to have a longer reach on the zoom (50-70mm)

Even with the chromatic issue in the really wide areas of this lens, it is still fantastic addition to your bag that does almost all that it should.
My copy is sharp at most settings, even though it needs to be stopped down when really wide.
Only having f/4 keeps you from truly taking advantage of this lens and its capabilities. It can hunt to focus.
Overall, if you want wide on your DSLR, this is the one to have when compared to 3rd party offerings.

Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF

Review Date: Aug 2, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Great reach, great optics when used correctly.
Slow AF, VR seems to "clunk" on and off.

I've found that this lens can offer excellent optical results in the right conditions. This is an excellent lens for slow/still subjects. Tried it for sports, and it just can't compare to the 70-200VR in that arena. Is also a great lens for most airshow photography.
This lens would be unbeatable if it had IF and VR II.

Conclusion: Great lens for the prosumer and if used correctly.