Review: Nikon 70-180mm f/4-5,6 Micro AF D IF ED

Nikon 70-180mm f/4-5,6 Micro AF D IF ED

Big and heavy, but beautiful.

You may obtain very crisp images from this lens, but you have to put it on a rock-solid tripod (or shoot whit a lot of light at high speeds), maybe interlocking something between the tripod mount and the lens itself to avoid vibrations (often a rollfilm plastic case filled with something is good enough).

nikon 70-180mm micro af d

It could be a useful travel companion, but for my tastes is too dark, so I use it mainly for landscape and macro work.

It is sharp wide open, and past two stops down don’t improve so much.

Rating: ★★★★½

Review: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5,6 DC HSM AF

Sigma 10-20(Will not work on full frame, on DX equivalent to a 15-30mm)

A very good performer indeed, if you don’t care about it’s border sharpness (only so-so).

If you need it as a reportage lens buy it and you will not regret your money; if you want it to use as a landscape lens try to test it before you buy to see if it met your expectations.

Full size:

100% crop:

For infrared use it is a “mixed bag” lens: really really sharp in the middle of the frame, but often with the borders not up to my standards and, only sometimes not everytime, a big hotspot in the middle.

sigma 10-20 infrared

Again: if you can try it before you buy it.

Rating: ★★★½☆ visible light

Rating: ★★★★☆ infrared