scooby's reviews

  • Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    sharp, nice bokeh, very good wide open, cheap and good value
    nothing really, umm dof scale is pretty useless

    I only just purchased this lens, so haven't used it extensively, but first impressions are excellent. Better (and bigger ) than old AF D version, especially wide open. It's fairly large with hood attached but light as. Focus is quiet and accurate. Whether 75mm equivalent focal lenght on DX is useful is up to you. It has a rear dust seal but the inner tube at front moves during focusing so I will use a filter to seal out dust.I would rate this slightly better than both old AF D version and 35 1.8 G for DX cameras. A good lens to use wide open..bokehlicious! For the price,everyone should have one.

    reviewed June 18th, 2011
  • Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM

    7 out of 10 points and recommended
    great focal range
    unreliable results

    I really don't like this lens much, it could just be my copy, but I find the results hit and miss. It is capable of superb images but I find focus and exposure can be really off at times (many times). I read somewhere that it is hard to focus because of pronounced field curvature..maybe thats it. I thought I had a bad copy, but after many photos, I think it's just the way the lens is designed. I much prefer my older, clunky Tamron 11-18, believe it or not, it's much more consistent.

    reviewed June 18th, 2011
  • Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    versatile, decent image quality, good zoom range, budget price
    it's a zoom lens

    A great walkaround lens at a budget price. Does everything better that a kit zoom can. Better wider angle, longer tele,wider apeture, closer focus, better build quality. This lens tries to be good at everything and for the most part succeeds. I always throw this lens in my bag for my extended trips through South East Asia, along with an ultra wide and a few fast primes. This is the one that stays on my camera the most.

    reviewed June 18th, 2011