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Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM

Review Date: May 27, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharp, lightning fast AF, size, weight, price, 1.4, normal lens for aps-c
AF can sometimes (not often) hunt in low light, but what lens doesn't?

if you own a camera with an APS-C sensor, you owe it to yourself to get this lens. this is the first prime lens i've owned, and i think i lucked into the perfect example to own. i picked mine up from another FMer, and it hasn't come off my camera since i got it. I've shot nearly 1,000 pictures in the meantime, in all manner of situations... concerts, portraits, landscapes, candids, available light, artificial light, auto focus, manual focus, everything i could think of.

i haven't found a single thing that this lens can't do.

highly recommended, especially if you can find a good copy used. it's a hell of a value.

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: May 15, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: range, price (used), build quality, BIG upgrade over the kit lens
barrel distortion at 17mm, CA

Having messed around with friends' DSLR's, i knew right off the bat that when it came time for me to buy one, i wanted nothing to do with the kit lens. This lens is (in my opinion) a MASSIVE upgrade from the kit lens. Saturation, sharpness, IQ in general, is leagues away from the kit lens. Its range is very handy for a general use lens, and you can generally get nice depth of field if you know what you're doing. I haven't really noticed any of the softness that other reviewers have complained about. Build quality I was fairly impressed with. Obviously, it's not an L series, but the lens has some heft to it, which is a good thing in my book. I can't really comment on AF, as I practically never use it, but on the rare occasions I have, it's been fast and accurate.

This lens is not without faults, though. As noted in practically every review I've ever read, the barrel distortion at 17mm is a bit much. It's completely gone by 24mm, though. CA can also be a problem, but it's never been a consistent issue with my images, it seems to come and go depending on the subject.

Overall, as my first lens on my first DSLR, this lens has done everything I've asked of it. Eventually I'm sure I'll upgrade, but for now this lens is on the camera 24/7.