Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Nikkor Review Round-Up

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The Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED DX is a professional grade lens and it certainly shows up regarding its exceptionally high build quality as well as very fast AF speed. Optically it is, without doubt, a very good lens but it has a few issues. The center performance is nothing short of stellar but the borders are a little worse than desirable at 24mm @ f/2.8 and at 55mm (for such a lens). The level of CAs, distortions as well as vignetting is quite typical for a lens in this class but then thing aren’t substantially better either. So all-in-all there may be a few question marks regarding the price/performance ratio of this lens. It simply lacks the greatness suggested by its price tag. READ FULL REVIEW

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Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Nikkor Review Round-Up

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The Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED DX proved to be a very good performer. Its center resolution figures are exceptionally high and apart from 12mm @ f/4 the border quality is also impressive though a little less field curvature may be desirable at 12mm. CAs as well as the distortion characteristic are very good for an ultra-wide zoom lens wMOREas vignetting is about average due to the reduced APS-C image circle. The build quality is, in principal, very fine but you would usually expect a little more from a lens in this price class. The primary competitor is probably the Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X Pro – a lens which is just as sharp but with a higher degree of CAs and worse flare in contra light – all at less than half the costs and combined with a better build quality. Costs aside it’s a close race between the two with a slight edge for the Nikkor regarding optical quality. When taking the very different price tags in account the decision may be a little more complicated. READ FULL REVIEW

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Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Review Round-UP

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Regarding some glowing reviews available on the web the expectation were rather high. Unfortunately the (tested sample of the) Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR II DX wasn’t able to convince completely. Weak points are rather hefty distortions and high vignetting (@ f/3.5) at 18mm. Apart from a few weak spots the resolution figures are quite good though and it is possible to get very decent images from this lens under field conditions. The VR can surely help to save the day in situations where similar zooms must fail utterly The build quality is a little soso for a lens in this price class and probably the biggest disappointment. All in all the Nikkor is a highly interesting lens but not without flaws (hardly surprising for a 11x zoom). … READ FULL REVIEW

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Nikon 200-400mm f/4 VR Review Round-Up

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Editor’s note: There are strikingly few expert reviews of this lens in existence. None of the major review shops known for their for lens reviews has published a review on this lens. This is surprising, given the quality and uniqueness of a 200-400 f/4 VR lens. If you know of an outstanding expert review on this lens, email the editor at editor@photocrati.com.

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Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Nikkor Review Round-Up

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Thanks to a silent-wave AF drive and a VR (Vibration Reduction) mechanism the Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR is a worthy improvement over the previous high-speed tele zooms made by Nikon. However, these improvements also come at cost of a substantially higher price tag and increased dimensions/weight. Performance-wise the results are excellent and slightly superior to the old AF 80-200mm f/2.8ED. Vignetting, distortions as well as CAs are well controlled and not really field relevant. The mechanical quality of the lens is exceptionally high and it’s a joy to use this lens. … READ FULL REVIEW

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Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED AF-S Review Round-Up

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The Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED delivered a very impressive performance in the lab. The resolution figures are very good to excellent with a highly impressive peak performance around f/5.6. The level of distortions is exceptionally low for a zoom lens. CAs are moderate except at 40mm @ f/2.8. Vignetting is very well controlled. The build quality of the lens is superb and it ´s a joy to handle it despite its comparatively hefty size and weight. Typical for most classic standard zooms it looses quite a bit of its attraction on APS-C DSLRs – a focal length range equivalent to 42-105mm may not be up to everybody ´s taste anymore. READ FULL REVIEW

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Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor Review Round-Up

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The chances are, if you bought a Nikon D40x or D60 in 2008, you already have this lens. I can’t see a compelling reason to buy this lens separately unless you’re really strapped for cash.There might be some on the used market as people upgrade to the more capable 18-200mm or 16-85mm VR lenses. Optically it’s alright, maybe even better than alright if you get a good copy, but to get the best results you have to stop down to Æ’/8. Fortunately, the addition of VR does make that possible. In the final analysis it’s a good lens, not a great lens, excellent for the beginning photographer. … READ FULL REVIEW AT SLR GEAR

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

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The Nikkor AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED is a professional grade lens and it delivers accordingly specifically regarding its superb build quality. The optical quality is on a very high though not unprecedented level. The center resolution is superb followed by generally very good borders. Distortions are quite pronounced at 17mm but not a real problem beyond. Vignetting is very well controlled except at 35mm @ f/2.8. CAs are very low for a zoom lens. All-in-all the performance is very similar to the AF-S 17-55m f/2.8G IF-ED DX in the overlapping range so for (APS-C) DSLR-only users it may make sense to stick to the dedicated lens. For a dual-use strategy (film + digital and possibly full frame DSLRs in the future) the AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED remains a quite obvious choice. … READ FULL REVIEW

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Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF Nikkor Review Round-Up

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The Nikkor AF 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED is capable to produce very good to excellent images when shooting at and beyond f/5.6. At max. aperture the border performance is far less impressive due to the lack of contrast and resolution (specifically at 35mm). The level of distortions is very high at 18mm so it’s not a lens that you’d use for serious architecture photography. Vignetting is generally a non-issue whereas lateral CAs are very pronounced at 18mm (less so beyond). The build quality of the lens is fine for a consumer grade lens although it’s nothing to rave about either. All-in-all the lens had its time but there’re simply better alternatives out there by now. … READ FULL REVIEW

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NIKON 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Nikkor Review Round-Up

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There’s no such thing as a free lunch and the Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED DX is no exception to the rule. The build quality is downright miserable … However, the optical quality of the lens is not all that bad. The resolution figures are actually very good … The contrast level at large apertures leaves something to be desired though (dull colors). The distortion characteristic is about average whereas the vignetting is surprisingly well-controlled for a DX-type lens (APS-C image circle). Chromatic aberrations are quite high and can be field relevant in some situations. Naturally this has all to be seen in the context of the extremely low price tag so all-in-all it is almost surprising what the lens is capable to deliver. If you use f/8 or f/11 you’ll be a happy camper in most situations. The question may be whether such a limitation makes sense with a high priced DSLR. … READ FULL REVIEW

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