Quote Originally Posted by bmac
Here is another vote for the 105 Nikkor. I have never had any luck with third party lenses, my Nikkors blow them away in both color and contrast. They are just punchier.
I agree with Brian and have always been disapointed with independant lenses, if not opticaly, they were mechanicaly inferior. To my mind the reason to buy Nikon, Canon etc. cameras, is so that you can use first class optics, especialy if price isn't the primary consideration,and anyway in a few years when the price has been forgotten you won't be stuck with an expensive paperweight.