Nikon 70-200/f4 VRIII announcement soon....

Started Oct 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
bobn2 Forum Pro • Posts: 51,041
Re: We have them... (not exactly)

joejack951 wrote:

bobn2 wrote:

They are useable, but not as good an others' ultrasonic motor lenses - even Sigma is better. I don't know how Nikon gets that wrong - I was very disappointed with the focussing feel of the AF-S lenses compared with what I was used to.

Which lenses are you comparing? I've found the newer generation of AF-S lenses (G type lenses like the 17-55/2.8, 105VR, 35/1.4G, 24-120/4) to feel smoother for manual focus than the older AFS-D lenses (17-35/2.8, 28-70/2.8, 80-200/2.8). I haven't used a ton of Canon or Sigma lenses but I've had my hands on some decent stuff (Canon 70-200/2.8, 24-105/4, 85/1.8, 17-55/2.8, Sigma 120-300/2.8) and can't say that they felt all that better, or even different for that matter, compared to Nikon.

So far I've got the 14-24/2.8, 50/1.4 and 24-85/3.5-4.5 for Nikon, and borrowed and used several others. Canons - I've used a good few in my time. Sigma, I've two copies of the 100-300/4 (a Canon fit and Nikon fit), and I've also got a Contax 24-85/3.5-4.5 converted to Canon fit. The feel of the Nikon lenses is the worst of them all (and of the ones I've got myself, the 14-24 is the worst of those). Rotating them gives a slightly scratchy plastic-on-plastic feel, with just a little play and an undamped feel that none of the others have. My Sigmas are actually a little better than the Canons, while the Zeiss is best of all (due to Kyocera's tech, not Zeiss) and is geared down about 2:1 from the focus scale, so it has a long throw, that makes it easier to focus accurately than any MF lens I've used (MF, I'm used to AI Nikkors).

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