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AF REVIEW OF NIKON PRO DSLRS

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PHOTO GEAR by KRISS on 22 january 2016

AF REVIEW OF NIKON PRO DSLRS Since I do not own the whole set of Nikkor prime lenses and zooms I can only give my impressions as regards to what I own and have been using a lot.
But still this is already plenty of gear and I am sure that many many people own some of the lenses I have or plan on purchasing them.
That is why I have decided to help you out if AF is something important to you… and if you own a modern DSLR it should !

Ok, let’s get the Nikkor 16-35mm and Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART out of the way.
They are both wide angle lenses and focus fast.
Most of the time when I shoot at 16mm I have no clue if my focus is right anyways, my eye sight is not good enough to see the difference at such angles !

The best every camera body lens in term of auto focus is the Nikkor 105mm VRII macro.
I have used this lens extensively on all 5 cameras I own (Nikon D90, Nikon D7100, Nikon D800, Nikon D800E and Nikon D4s).
On either of them, it has very seldom let me down.
The only thing is that you may sometimes, occasionally get stuck with lots of blur before it starts focusing again after a completely different previous focus.
But when it’s on it’s very effective and similar on all cameras.

Then the Nikkor 70-200mm VRII is a very fast auto focusing machine but it does work better on the Nikon D4s than on the D7100 for instance and there is actually a huge difference.
Of course, the cameras AF abilities have to be taken into consideration too but strictly speaking about the lens, I find the 105mm Macro faster than the 70-200mm VRII (except on the D4s where it’s just point and shoot).
Also a friend of mine had to send his for AF repair after only 3 years and it cost him 600€.

The Sigma 50mm F1.4 ART, close winner with the 105mm macro for consistency.
It focuses accurately at light speed on all my camera bodies.

We only have one left and it’s my Sigma 85mm f1.4.
While I thought this was the best possible lens when it was the best lens I owned, I now feel frustrated by its slow AF in low light and sometimes wonder how I managed to work with it in many churches.
It’s a good lens and it will work fine in good light but even coupled with the D4s, it struggles a bit in low light, runs back and forth, asks for a very contrasty point to lock focus and it is not the best AF lens I own.

By the way, I choose that photo of my youngest, Rose, playing on a swing because this is exactly the kind of thing that requires very fast and accurate focusing !

#nikoncameras #nikkorlenses #sigmalenses #autofocus

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