janda's reviews

  • Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM

    7 out of 10 points and recommended
    Wide open: shallow depth of field and fast
    Unreliable focusing

    This lens is really mixed bag. When the focus hits the target it delivers brilliant results. But too often the focusing is all over the place. So even when results can be really good, usefulness is hindered by the need to take several shots just to be certain to get one good. I'm using it mainly indoors with Nikon d50, which is quite demanding for focusing. Outdoor I have got quite severe reflections when used it without hood.

    Build quality seems to be ok, when comparing to other similarly priced lenses.

    Manual focusing is next to impossible with my d50. It's my second copy, firs one back focused with AF.

    Still, for Nikon there's nothing affordable to replace it. So try it before buying it, it might be great.

    reviewed November 27th, 2006 (purchased for $350)
  • Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF DX AF-S Nikkor

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    Light, fast and sharp
    Could have faster aperatures

    Nothing bad to say about this lens, delivers what it promises. In good lightning results are very good. In low light it just isn't able to do miracles.

    Good value choice for midrange zoom, if you have too much money I would imagine that better can be found.

    reviewed November 27th, 2006 (purchased for $300)
  • Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    Build and image quality
    Quite big and heavy

    Surprisingly fast focus, manual focusing usable. M/A focus switch is bit funny.

    When used with care seems to give brilliant results, but getting decent macro photos is demanding. Besides for macro photos it seems to be quite nice for upper torso portraits.

    reviewed November 27th, 2006 (purchased for $390)