JEFF S. PHOTOART BLOG – GEAR REVIEW

SOME OF THE LENSES I USE

Before buying a lens I will visit DXOMARK.COM they have done all the evaluations imaginable on lenses. When following the link you will see that the Tamron 24-70 has a higher rating than the Nikon, its sharper and has a lot less aberrations. In my opinion the slightly better build of Nikon does not justify an extra $1100.00 especially when the Tamron outperforms it. For me one of the big reasons I went with Nikon is that their lenses are designed to be interchangeable between APSC and full frame sensor cameras, something Canon does not offer. It saves a lot of money on glass when upgrading to a full frame camera, considering that the 6 lenses below will set you back approx. $10,000.00.

For the ones that are just starting to dabble into photography I would recommend getting a camera with the 24-70mm lens kit first. 2nd depends on what you do, a 14-24mm for landscape or a 70-200 for portraits, 3rd the micro 105 lens and lastly the 85mm 1.4 for the nice creamy bokeh.

NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 85MM F1.4G NANO LENS

Nikon lens 85mm 1.4

I absolutely love using this lens, it works very well under low light and gives me the beautiful bokeh that I want with portraits. Focusing performance is not as fast as the 50mm f/1.4, but by no means is it slow and I was amazed at how sharp this lens is, even wide open. The focus ring is large and rotates smoothly giving you very nice transitions when focusing from one subject to another. The bokeh at 1.4 is simply amazing for portraits, flowers, etc.

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NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 14-24MM F2.8G ED

Nikon lens 14-24mm 2.8

This lens is amazing i cant overestimate how good this lens is, its ridiculously sharp, the sharpest of all of them, accurate and fast in focusing. For a wide angle zoom lens it has really really low distortion at 14mm compared to other wide lenses on the market. Great for getting into the scene with the wide angle to get a full wide shot of the action going on and you can focus super close on this one, its just stunning to put you in the middle of the action. Its a fairly hefty lens, beautifully constructed , the foot has excellent metal construction with weather seal.

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NIKON AF-S VR MICRO 105MM F2.8G IF-ED

Nikon lens 105mm 2.8 micro

A 9 blade rounded aperture which means that it will give nice out of focus rounded areas. Its a true micro at 1 to 1 reproduction not like the other so called macro lenses, it will focus down to a foot. Its focus is incredibly fast, quiet and a little fidgety but nails the focus every time. This one is incredibly sharp and an amazing performance on this lens. To take photos from itty bitty tiny things like wedding rings and show them large its great, it lets you stop down all the way to f57 to get things sharp. Versatility being able to do micro and portraiture makes it really hard to go past this one, its a phenomenal fantastic lens and an absolute bargain for its price.

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Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD

This is a great lens, tamron really stepped up its game on this one, in certain areas it performs better than the Nikon one. The build quality is lovely, its mostly metal and has a nice feel of resistance to it. It has the latest version of vc which uses the ceramic balls system and gives you 4 extra stops of tack sharp pictures. The focus is fast and reliable and its accurate, sharp and the bokeh is beautiful. There is a little bit of vignetting fully open but it disappears at f4 but we do not shoot white walls or bight sky’s every day plus its easy corrected in lightroom. The Ultrasonic Silent Drive Motor is excellent making this a quiet lens. I find this lens nice and crisp, responsive and quite a warm lens, i enjoy using it. For its cost this lens is hard to beat unless money is not an object for you, in terms of value this one is really standing out of the pack.

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TAMRON SP 24-70 F2.8 DI VC USD NIKON

Tamron lens 24-70mm

Nikon does not have a VC so got the tamron, I like the VC as it allows me to take sharp shots at 1/8 of a second. This is my most used lens, the focal range is fantastic, for events this is my go to lens, it focuses super fast and is super sharp. The flaring control on this wow one of the best, vignetting and distortion almost not present and the build quality is excellent.

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NIKON AF-S MICRO-NIKKOR 40MM F2.8G

Nikon lens 40mm 2.8 micro

It’s an unassuming f2.8 lens, small and light but has terrific image quality, excellent contrast and resolution across the width of the frame and apertures. Distortion, it has none. It’s macro abilities are astounding and at f2.8 it’s Bokeh, while deep, isn’t jaw dropping. Positives: small, light, sharp, good contrast, and distortion-free, more depth of field, excellent value.

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