redgetanj's reviews

  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    build quality, low-light capabilities, and the best bokeh one can achieve

    This lens is highly regarded amongst Nikon users as one of the best portrait lenses ever made. Having 9 diaphragm blades helps it produce one of the best bokehs not only for this range. It produces wonderful color saturation and image quality even at f/1.4. By f/2, quality is excellent. Build quality is solid like old nikkor lenses. Focus ring is very smooth to operate and autofocus is fast as one would expect from a f/1. 4 prime lens.

    I highly recommend this lens expecially if you shoot alot of photos of people.

    reviewed November 25th, 2006
  • Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF Nikkor

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    excellent color rendition, internal focusing, very light
    build quality different from PRO lenses

    This is the first lens that i got when i bought my first dslr. This is a very good performer especially for outdoor photography. Internal focusing allows you to use filters without worrying that the front of the lens would rotate while focusing. The lens comes with a lens hood that is very useful when using outdoors or shooting adjacent to a light source especially with a huge 77mm diameter up front.

    You may need to use all the support you need when shooting in low light because of the max apperture of this lens.

    Image quality is sharp. Autofocus is fast although the focus ring is not as smooth as manual focus nikkors of old.

    Build quality is better than the kit lenses that comes with newer dslrs but not pro quality.

    At this price, it is a good substitute for the more expensive 17-35 f/2.8. A very good first wide angle zoom.

    reviewed November 25th, 2006 (purchased for $400)
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    bang for the buck
    build quality

    This lens should be on anybody's camera bag. You can't ask for anything more from this lens given how cheap it is. Image quality and color rendition is better than most zooms available out there. A very good 1st lens.

    reviewed November 25th, 2006 (purchased for $70)
  • Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

    0 out of 10 points and recommended
    build quality, IF
    Slow max apperture

    Bought this lens for my EOS 3 film camera. Perfect ultra wide-angle zoom for film cameras, approaches the normal range for dslrs. Very fast when fitted to the EOS 3. Color and image quality is excellent. Perfect outdoor lens, not so much indoors without flash. Because of the L designation, build quality is second to none. One of the cheapest L serises lens available.

    reviewed November 25th, 2006 (purchased for $650)