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This review is from: TAMRON SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Lens for Nikon
Pros: I bought this lens last year. I've taken dozens of landscape photo's with this lens and have been very happy with the results. The online reviews really bashed this lens saying that it takes soft pictures. Well to be honest it does. But only at wider apertures like F3.5. At F8 and higher its great in the center but it does get a little soft on the sides. I mostly use this lens to take long exposures at night and in mid day. The colors come out great. Distortion at 10mm in minimal, which is really good for a lens like this. Flare is minimal just like all my Nikon lenses. AF speed is fast but not quiet. The AF system uses a regular motor to focus the lens but its not that loud just audible. Build quality is fine for me. It feels solid and both the zoom and focus rings operate smoothly even after year of use. Both my Nikon bodies (D50 and D5100) are able to record data from the lens. This includes focal length and aperture data. The lens even comes up as being a 10-24mm lens in the EXIF file. I do want to buy the Nikon 10-24mm lens in the future. Overall sharpness is much better than this lens but you pay allot more. The Nikon version also has a proper focus scale and manual override. But for the price payed and the enjoyment I've gotten from this lens I'd say it money well spent. Just have to wait till I get my Christmas bonus this year then maybe I'll buy the Nikon 10-24mm.
Cons: No manual override. Focus ring turns as lens focuses. Lens is soft in the corners. But flare and distortion are very well controlled for a wide angle lens in this price range.
Other Thoughts: Its half the price of both Nikon and Canons own super wide lenses. Great wide angle lens for the Hobbyist or if your on a budget. If your serious about photography or make large prints, look for wide angle lenses that are offered by your camera manufacturer. Both the Tamron and Sigma have there down sides when it comes to cropping or making large prints.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Nikon 2183 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX G 52mm Lens
Pros: This lens takes tack sharp photos and with the background at the right distance it can produce great bokeh (back ground blur). On a DX format DSLR which would be the D1 series, D100, D40,D50,D60,D70, D70s,D80,D90,D3100/3200,D5100/5200,D7000,D200 and The D300/300s. This lens is actually a 52mm lens. Which is perfect for a "walk around lens". You have to move around when using this lens which means you have to think about how and what your going to put into your photo's. The lens features internal focusing and a metal mount with an O-ring gasket. This lens does have a silent wave motor ( I think that's standard on all Nikon lenses with internal focus motors). But what's not standard is manual override while in AF mode (It does have a switch to completely disable Auto Focus). Just grab the ring and focus if you can't get the result you want AF will automatically stop (AF ring doesn't move while the lens is trying to focus). Overall this lens does focus quick and its almost silent. The Fast 1.8 aperture comes in handy when your backgrounds are close. You can still get that nice blur but it won't be as pretty as say the 50mm 1.8G (I own both lenses). This lens is actually heavier than the 50mm 1.8G but when its mounted to the camera body you wouldn't even know its there. This is a great lens to have in your bag.
Cons: No focus scale. Every prime lens should have one. My 40mm 2.8 DX macro and my 50mm 1.8G both have focus scales why the 35mm doesn't have one will always be a mystery to me.
Other Thoughts: Great lens for those looking for an affordable prime lens. The 50mm 1.8g isn't much more and includes a focus scale. It can also produce silky smooth Bokeh even when you background is close to your subject. However this 35mm is a better bet if you don't do too much portrait pics. Its better suited for everyday photography. This lens won't do marco. If you want an affordable macro lens buy the 40mm 2.8 DX. I have it and love it. But your limited to macro pics of plants. Insects don't like lenses in their faces. Buy the 85mm 3.5 VR DX macro for insect photography. <-- I also have this lens to lol. Yeah I'm really into photography been doing it for 6 years now.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Transcend 2GB Secure Digital (SD) Flash Card Model TS2GSDC
Pros: I bought 3 of these Transcend 2gb SD cards for an older Nikon D50 DSLR. 2gb SD cards are getting hard to find in stores these days. I turned to New Egg and sure enough they had a bunch of them at a good price. The Nikon D50 was made before SDHC cards became popular. As a result its only compatible with regular SD cards. The D50 is also limited to 2gb cards even though Nikon's own website will tell that a 1gb is the max for the D50. These 2gb cards work really well in the D50. The D50 is even able to format them quickly. They function just as they should. Over all I'd give these cards and New Egg ten stars if I could only because New Egg saved me from having to shell out hundreds for a new DSLR. The D50 has allot of features that newer entry level DSLR's don't have so that's why I've been using it for close to 6 years now. If you have an older digital camera don't pass these cards up. I've been using Transcend cards for a long time and never had an issue.
Cons: No cons. They work just fine. File sizes are small on my D50 so these cards can keep up no problem.
Other Thoughts: Buy these SD cards of you own a Nikon D50.READ FULL REVIEW