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#1 Rainer

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 12:50 PM

Has anyone used this lens UW on a DX Nikon? Thoughts? Topside it seems as sharp (if not sharper) than the Nikon 105, and it's about 1/3 the cost. Thanks.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 03:17 PM

Has anyone used this lens UW on a DX Nikon? Thoughts? Topside it seems as sharp (if not sharper) than the Nikon 105, and it's about 1/3 the cost. Thanks.

Not used it underwater but I can attest to the incredible quality of this lens. I use it for a lot of topside macro and it never lets me down. A great piece of glass.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:31 PM

Has anyone used this lens UW on a DX Nikon? Thoughts? Topside it seems as sharp (if not sharper) than the Nikon 105, and it's about 1/3 the cost. Thanks.

I don't know about 1/3, at B&H more like 53% of the cost ($459 vs $859 for the VR lens) and you get VR with the Nikon. One issue is that the Tamron front element is quite recessed compared to the Nikon so you can't get it quite as close to the port reducing your working distance a bit.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 03:20 PM

Has anyone used this lens UW on a DX Nikon? Thoughts? Topside it seems as sharp (if not sharper) than the Nikon 105, and it's about 1/3 the cost. Thanks.

That is the lens that I exclusively use underwater, it is extremely sharp and have not had any issues with it. The only thing you need to make sure that the auto mode has to be engaged by sliding the top of the lens forward, hard to explain. I have accidentally had it slip back when I have mounted the port of my subal on there and have gone a dive without being able to autofocus. No biggie just dive without shooting. Another point that you probably need to do with any macro lens is that it helps to have a focusing light with it. I don't have anything fancy but a couple of little flashlights mounted on my ulcs arms. This really aids in focus in dim conditions and on night dives. It's a great lens, extremely sharp. Highly recommended.

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