8 out of 10 points and recommendedFocal length, speed, price.For my purposes and for the price, none.
I purchased this lens because of its f/1.4 speed and its reasonable price. I am quite pleased with its performance, and I highly recommend it.reviewed May 8th, 2007 (purchased for $420)
The field of view on a Nikon DSLR with a 1.5 factor is perfect for me.
Buying this lens has allowed me to use my backup Nikon D70 more effectively. I typically shoot an event using a Nikon D200 with a Nikkor zoom lens and SB-800 strobe/s, and a Nikon D70 with the Sigma 30mm lens and the ISO set to 800 or 1600. This allows me to capture both flash and available light photos quickly.
8 out of 10 points and recommendedPrice, build quality.Optical distortion, lack of internal focusing motor.
As others have noted, this lens is a satisfactory alternative to the Nikkor 12-24mm when price is taken into account. The build quality is first rate, and the image quality is acceptable.reviewed May 8th, 2007 (purchased for $500)
It's a useful lens for shooting indoor events and landscapes. I don't use it often, but it's there when I need it, and it does a fine job.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedSharpness, wide zoom range, VR performance.Creep!
This is my lens of choice for all-around shooting on my D200.reviewed May 8th, 2007 (purchased for $800)
The performance of the VR system is excellent. The sharpness is more than acceptable, and I love the wide zoom range. Lens distortion is easily corrected in Photoshop CS2 or CS3.
I am extremely unhappy with the way this lens creeps. I sometimes use a short piece of gaffer tape to hold the focal length. Otherwise, lens construction quality is excellent, but Nikon really dropped the ball by allowing this lens to creep so readily.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedPrice, size, image quality
This is a little gem of a lens that is often overlooked. For the price, it delivers excellent performance.reviewed May 8th, 2007 (purchased for $320)
I originally purchased this lens because of my unhappiness with the 18-70mm kit lens that came with my Nikon D70. I have taken many excellent photos with the 28-200 lens.
When I purchased a D200, I also purchased the Nikkor 18-200 VR lens.
I kept the 28-200 lens, however, for use on the D70, and as a backup if the 18-200 VR ever needs to be repaired.
The 28-200 is not a DX lens, it is not an AF-S lens, and it does not have VR. Still, it delivers excellent performance for its price.