hekob's reviews

  • Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD SP

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    VC, color rendition,bokeh
    heft,price for F/1.8

    Beautiful construction,fairly effective VC, high sharpness and excellent color rendition on my D750. Well done, but at this price the Nikkor 85mm F/1.8G may be a better value.

    reviewed June 9th, 2016 (purchased for $650)
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    sharpness and contrast wide open, manual focus ring feel
    flimsy lens hood

    I recently received this lens having pre-ordered in January. I am amazed at the sharpness and contrast wide open. Having shot the D version, this lens is a solid step up, besting the D from 1.8-2.8. Focus speed and construction are comparable to the 50mm 1.8 G lens. For portrait shots, I find F2.8 to be optimum because of the thin depth of field at f1.8. The lens has no trouble tracking sports action. In bright daylight I must set exposure compensation to -1.0 on my D5100. Color saturation is incredible considering the absence of ED glass. Nikon should be ashamed at the cheap construction of the lens hood however. It looks as if it would never survive a modest knock, and mine arrived from the factory with what appeared to be an oily discoloration on the inside of the hood surface. Ah, China!!! Given the available options, this is a lens that performs higher than it's price tag. It's a must have in this focal length.

    reviewed March 1st, 2012 (purchased for $500)
  • Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Nikkor VR

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    sharp, sharp sharp. excellent size to zoom length quotient

    This lens is a keeper. Super sharp, and tiny for what it does. A must have lens to compliment your 10-30VR. Buy this lens and enjoy the reach it gives.

    reviewed December 14th, 2012 (purchased for $135)
  • Nikon 1 18.5mm f/1.8 Nikkor

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    weighs nothing, low light performance
    restrictive focal length, depth of field uninspiring, no focus ring

    The lens to get currently if you are a low light CX shooter. I'm not sure this lens will ever sell well until sensor technology catches up a bit with DX/FX. Competent but not much more.

    reviewed December 14th, 2012 (purchased for $186)
  • Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikkor VR

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    must have range, VR capability, very good optics
    could have been smaller

    Great kit lens, if a bit large. Great performance for the price, much like the DX 18-55 VR DX.

    reviewed December 14th, 2012 (purchased for $100)
  • Nikon 1 10mm f/2.8 Nikkor

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    needs smallish factory supplied hood

    The only Nikon 1 lens to make the camera body truly stealthy and pocketable. Tack sharp at F/4-F/8. This wide angle pancake is the way to go for street photography, or any setting where the smallest form factor and lack of fiddling with a zoom will be to the photographer's advantage.

    reviewed January 30th, 2013 (purchased for $175)