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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Dec 3, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 1 

Pros: Very Good performer on the paper
Can not find a good one yet

I rate this lens very low because I've lost a lot of time in test trying to prove to my dealer how soft my copy was and also trying to get a replacement to the dealer.

Please Canon, increase your insurance quality - this is not the single one which I had insurance quality problem.

Compare to my 50mm it is very soft. @f2.8 the 85mm it is less sharp than the 50mm wide open. Compare to my 70-200mm (set at 85mm) my copy of this prime 85mm @f4 is less sharp than my 70-200mm @f2.8

- what a waste of time -

What keeps me still on the Canon camp is their stuning FF sensor

Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-5.6 DC

Review Date: Nov 28, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $173.75 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Nice range, small, light and cheap (compare to the 18-85mm IS). In the 24-85mm range with this lense is a very good performer.
The super negative point is the focus noise, even 10$ motorized toy feels/hear less cheaper. Flare and goshting isn't a strong point either. The Hood is essential.

I needed an all-purpose lens. I wanted nice range, small, light and cheap on a 300D for light travel trips

Iíve done some tests VERSUS the Canon 18-55mm (nothing scientific-and one copy of each) indoor and outdoor like on wall and landscape.

a)@18mm Iíve found my 18-125mm is less sharp than the 18-55mm at all f-stop, center to corner.
b)@ 24 and 55mm Iíve found the 18-125mm is sharper than the 18-55mm (18-125mm f5.6 nearly as sharp as 18-55mm at f8).

c)The 18-125mm focus is slow and very very noisy compare to the 18-55mm
d)@ 105mm the 18-125mm is soft and @125mm it is worst.
e)The color is warmer than the 18-55mm but the contrast is good.

Overall : This lens, at least my copy, is nicer than expected. If you get in mind the 6.95 ratio versus the 3.05 ratio of the 18-55mm, the 18-125mm sigma is a well better lens. If you want 8x10 or higher prints, you have to be in the 24-85mm range which this lense is a very very good performer.