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Old Aug 20, 2005, 7:48 PM   #1
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i'm curious, n im sure most newbies r :-)

how to tell if a nikon lens is a PRO grade ??

sigma has their EX line

tamron SP

canon the L lenses

and tokina the easiest, ATX PRO series

nikon??? besides price and weight??

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Old Aug 21, 2005, 2:04 AM   #2
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Constant aperture zooms, large f-stop primes, beefy construction, and AF-S inside are usually tell-tale signs that it's "pro grade". It used to be that AF-S signified Nikon's top stuff, but not anymore - AF-S technology has been incorporated into many recent lenses, including consumer grade ones. But the cheapest Nikkor can also be used by a professional to achieve incredible results, namely the 50 f/1.8 (~$100).
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