Fahza's reviews

  • Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO

    6 out of 10 points and not recommended
    Build quality, HSM focus motor, tripod mount,
    Not very sharp wide open

    There was really one thing only that made me sell the Sigma 70-200 after only two weeks and that was the poor sharpness at f2.8. I feel it was more so at both ends of focusing range. It also displayed a faint halo around brighter objects that were just out of focus.
    From f4.0 and upwards everything was much better.
    The handling and the quality feel of it was excellent. The sturdy tripod mount was also very good, easy to detach if you needed to.
    Maybe I got a bad copy of it, I don't know.


    reviewed November 28th, 2006 (purchased for $790)
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    Small, cheap, sharp, f1.8
    Noisy when focussing, front portion of lens moves sideways

    This lens is a "must have" in every photographers bag. It's cheap, very light and surprisingly sharp, considering the price.

    The f1.8 comes very handy indoors when you don't want to use flash.

    The focussing is somewhat noisy but that not too annoying.

    The front lens sometimes moves sideways when the lens focusses. You see it as the image in the viewfinder also moves slightly sideways, especially at small focussing movments. It does not seem to effect the sharpness of the image however.

    Overall a very good lens.


    reviewed November 28th, 2006 (purchased for $200)
  • Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF DX AF-S Nikkor

    7 out of 10 points and recommended
    Perfect kit lens for a DSLR, AF-S
    Maybe the closest focussing distance, could be a tad closer

    This is a very good "walk about" lens on a DSLR.

    Colors and sharpness are as good as can be expected. The only bad thing I can think of in terms of image quality is the barrel distortion at the wide end. You really have to watch where you place the horizon in the frame or take care of it in post processing.

    I sometimes miss a closer minimum focussing distance.

    I'm very satisfied with this lens.


    reviewed November 28th, 2006 (purchased for $300)