Nikon 400mm f/2.8G ED VR AF-S Review Round-Up

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Nikon’s huge AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8G ED VR lens is so big it comes in its own special suitcase. At almost $13,000 its price tag is beyond the reach of even the most serious enthusiasts. That said, this lens is beautifully constructed and elegantly designed and it has some fascinating features for a photographer to explore. When fitted to the Nikon D3, which has an inherently fast AF system, focusing was very fast and accurate and we found no instances of hunting in low-light conditions. Imatest testing showed the supplied lens to be an excellent performer, with top resolution achieved between F/3.5 and f/8.0 followed by a slow decline to a slightly lower level at f/20 and f/22. READ FULL REVIEW

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Nikon 200mm f/4 D ED AF Micro Review Round-Up

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The Micro-Nikkor AF 200mm f/4 D ED is an excellent lens with no real weaknesses. The resolution figures are very good to excellent. You may argue that the new AF-S 105mm f/2.8G VR is somewhat sharper but the AF 200mm f/4 offers a longer working distance of 26cm vs 14cm – a good argument in favor of the old lens when it comes to nervous critters in macro photography. The vignetting at f/4 is not field relevant and both the distortion and CA characteristic are outstanding. The bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is exceptionally smooth and buttery. Typical for such oldies the build quality is superb whereas the old-style AF (driven by the camera) is very slow but then macro photographers tend to prefer to focus manually anyway. At around 1400€/US$ the entry hurdle for this lens is a bit steep. READ FULL REVIEW

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Nikon 14mm f/2.8 D ED AF Review Round-Up

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The 14mm f/2.8D AF Nikkor is Nikon’s widest rectilinear lens that covers the 35mm format, giving a whopping 114- degree angle of view. With its equally impressive f/2.8 aperture, it provides a bright viewing image along with available-light shooting ability. In addition, performance is also unsurpassed, but all this comes at a princely price. Offering state of the art performance, Nikon’s remarkable 14mm f/2.8 is a great tool for pros and other advanced Nikon shooters needing the ultimate in angular coverage and speed without distortion. They had better have deep pockets. READ FULL REVIEW

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Nikon 50mm f/1.4 D AF Review Round-Up

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Get information and user reviews for this lens from Amazon: Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

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Similar to its cousin (AF 50mm f/1.8 D) the Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.4 D is a very good performer. At f/1.4 the contrast is a little on the low side and the borders may be a little soft but from f/2.8 & up the performance is really superb. Distortions are detectable in the lab but not really significant enough to be relevant in the real life. CAs are very low and vignetting is a non-issue except at f/1.4 (on APS-C DSLRs). The build quality of the lens is very decent and the AF performance leaves nothing to be desired. READ FULL REVIEW

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Nikon 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR AF-SAF-S Micro Review Round-up

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Nikon packed many new features into the Micro-Nikkor AF-S 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR. The most obvious one is probably the new IF design so the physical length of the lens remains constant regardless of the focus setting. On top of that Nikon implemented a relatively fast silent-wave AF drive and a VR II (Vibration Reduction) with an efficiency equivalent to 4 f-stops. In terms of sheer performance the AF-S 105mm f/2.8G was able to beat its already very good predecessor by a small margin. The resolution is excellent straight from the max. aperture setting and the peak performance is reached between f/4 and f/5.6. Typical for a macro lens the Nikkor is virtually free of distortions and vignetting is usually nothing to worry about. …The mechanical quality of the lens is very good. The best news is probably that Nikon resisted the temptation to increase the price tag despite all the new features. At around 750-850€/US$ the lens is still not exactly cheap but definitely worth it. READ FULL REVIEW

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Nikon 75-150mm f/3.5 Series E Manual Focus Review Round-Up

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This is one of Nikon’s best telephoto zoom designs. Wide open, the lens is reasonably sharp, certainly far better than you’d have any right to expect with an inexpensive lens. The large maximum aperture and focal range make this an excellent portrait lens. 150mm doesn’t get you very far into the true telephoto range. If you can live with that as your top focal length, you’ll be happy with the performance. Even if you find an example that’s still relatively stiff, the Nikkor one-touch zooms all had a proclivity to develop lens creep with use. An inconvenience, to be sure, but considering the performance of the lens, one that I can overlook. READ FULL REVIEW

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