2 out of 10 points and not recommendedSturdy build, image quality not badNot so useful range. - Zoom is clumsy - Only available 2nd hand
ALL second hand examples (eleven : 11 ) I encountered, had severe haze , rendering the lens useless. (because the glue that bonds the lens elements evaporates inside and settles on the lens elements?)reviewed August 20th, 2021 (purchased for $200)
4 out of 10 points and not recommendedSturdy build - Image quality good to OK (not really on digital)CA - AF really-really slow - Typically a once good lens but in modern digital era not up to date anymore - Certainly NOT worth the second hand prices 2021
It's simple; Get an ED 180mm 2.8 manual focus.reviewed August 20th, 2021 (purchased for $300)
You don't miss the slow AF and image quality is slightly better - less CA.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedImage quality is superb, also on digital camera's from todayPlastic AF ring breaks. - AF not really useable (slow) -
1993 ; Nikon redefines macro lensesreviewed August 20th, 2021 (purchased for $1,100)
2021 ; Still the best macro lens ever made
Just don't use the AF (which you don't need anyway for macro work)
PS if you think I'll just buy the MF version; DON'T
the image quality of the MF version doesn't come even close to the AF version
9 out of 10 points and recommendedImage quality - Bokeh !!! - AF-S = FAST!Heavy
Waited 10 years to get an affordable second hand model.reviewed August 20th, 2021 (purchased for $2,000)
It was worth the wait :-) can't stop smiling!
6 out of 10 points and not recommendedGenerally sharp - very wide angleVery heavy specialized lens with some CA problems - corners need 5.6 = NOT good!
NOT up to date anymore; there are better + cheaper lenses for digtal camera's ; Tamron 15-30mm for instance -reviewed August 20th, 2021 (purchased for $700)
NOT worth the new price in 2021
Paid 700$ second hand and sold it ASAP
10 out of 10 points and recommendedImage quality - Sharpness - lack of CA - AF speed - Price/valueNone? - a bit plasticky?
Astro, landscape, architecture,... need 24mm ? Get this one!reviewed August 20th, 2021 (purchased for $600)
2 out of 10 points and not recommendedSmall, good useable wide angle: 18mmNot sharp, CA, vignetting,...
It's a dogreviewed August 20th, 2021 (purchased for $110)
9 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp, sturdy, special, pushes your creative sideIt's a weird lens? :-)
Want something special and fun; buy this :-)reviewed August 20th, 2021 (purchased for $250)
But careful, you can not use this every day; too special
8 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp - good wide range - affordableAF bit slow - need to stop down 1,5 stop to get best results
Need good value wide angle 2.8 zoom lens? Get this; as affordable as you will find and good image quality as a bonus.reviewed August 20th, 2021 (purchased for $600)
8 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp - small-ish (compared to 70-200's) - good quality imagesOlder design a bit noticable on high res camera's like NIkon D850
An overlooked 80-200mm/70-200mm design.reviewed August 20th, 2021 (purchased for $450)
Still worthwhile in 2021 if you don't want top quality.
(though I don't like the newest 70-200mm 2.8 modern 2021 zoom lenses that much; they have this plasticky shallow supermodel picture outcome)
7 out of 10 points and not recommended1.2 creamy bokeh - VERY sharp at f 5.6HORRIBLE coma at night on 3/4 of the edge at 1.2 aperture.
Wide open not really useable unless for special effects (bokeh, which admittedly is very nice)reviewed August 20th, 2021 (purchased for $300)
So why buy a 1.2 lens; bragging rights?
The best in what there is but market value; not really worth the money.
8 out of 10 points and recommendedlight weigth-ish for this range - sharp from 200-500mmzoom ring motion (going from 200-500mm) is not easy; not possble in one turn
very good quality bargain lens! - 950$ is not cheap but worthwhile for this lens.reviewed August 20th, 2021 (purchased for $950)