JoeSchu's reviews

  • Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    Portraits in any lighting cond's, weight
    Occasionally hunts for focus on a D70

    Beginning SLR shooters would greatly benefit from this lens. Learning to push down that pop-up flash, compose a scene with your feet (not your zoom) and carefully manage focus is a true joy and will build any photographer's skills. For me the 50mm f/1.8 opened up a world of indoor shooting without the intrusive and harsh flash. I love the soft pictures I can take with this lens that capture natural light in most daytime indoor scenarios. The soft backgrounds also make for stunning portraits. Beginning amateurs must remember that f/1.8 doesn't leave much for DOF, so managing the focus point is critical with this lens. At $90 (or better) this lens is a MUST for any Nikkon DSLR owner wishing to hone their skills. Professional level aperture at cheap amateur prices - can't beat it!

    reviewed December 5th, 2006 (purchased for $90)
  • Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF DX AF-S Nikkor

    7 out of 10 points and recommended
    Lightweight, sharp thru whole range, very flexible
    Slow (f/4-5)

    This was my kit lens, so it is hard to really get down on it, but after using (but not owning) the 18-200VR, I'll be ready to give it up when the time is right.

    It has great "walkaround" range and usefulness, but it just can't handle indoor lighting conditions without the flash. You just can't squeeze enough light in, which is too bad, because it relegates your walkaround lens to a tripod.

    Build quality and fit on the D70 are impecable. I even had the misfortune to have a drink spilled on mine, and it remains very functional.

    This is in no way, shape or form a pro lens. I'm dying for an f/2.8 in this zoom range. However, it is a great starter for anyone entering the DSLR world and wants a flexible outdoor walkaround lens.

    reviewed December 5th, 2006
  • Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Nikkor

    6 out of 10 points and recommended
    Fun range to play with
    Bring your tripod if you're shooting indoors.

    Another great bargain zoom. You can't really complain about this lens other than f/4-5 is just slow. If you want pro glass, pay for it, otherwise, this is a fun zoom for newer SLR shooters who want more range when shooting outdoors. This is a tough lens indoors unless you're working with a quality speedlight. I wouldn't reco using it with the "pop-up" on a D70.

    Fun, cheap, but it'll leave you wanting more.

    reviewed December 5th, 2006 (purchased for $100)