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Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO MACRO HSM

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Review Date: Aug 21, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: By mistake, I have posted my review of this Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM lens in the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM lens' section.
Cons:
By mistake, I have posted my review of this Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM lens in the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM lens' section.

By mistake, I have posted my review of this Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM lens in the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM lens' section.

 
Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX APO IF HSM

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Review Date: Aug 21, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Glass quality, , sharpness, natural colours, general handling, good build quality, good tripod mount, short minimum focusing distance, price, Sigma's good after sales customer service
Cons:
Front focusing never solved, no image stabilizer

I had two very good preious experiences with Sigma lenses fitting my Canon 20D.
The 10-20mm f/4.O-5.6mm EX DC HSM was perfect straight out of the box whereas the 24-60mm f/2.8 EX DG needed some recalibrating in the Sigma's factory owing to a front focusing issue with the Canon 20D (since then, I have been very happy with that lens)
Therefore, it was obvious I would buy another Sigma lens to complete my kit.
I waited for the new Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Macro to come out and have some good reviews to buy it.
Straight out of the box, it had a front focusing issue (otherwise, focusing manually, the picture quality was very good). I brought it back to the shop. Sigma replaced it with a new copy... same front focusing issue (same excellent picture quality when focusing manually). According to Sigma, these lenses didn't have any fault, and they suggested me to ask Canon to check my camera body, which Canon did: no issue with the body.
A bit fed up with the issue which seemed not to be solvable, I brought the lens back and bought a much more pricy Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM IS with which I haven't had any focusing issue.
If the Sigma lens didn't have any front focusing issue, I would recommand it highly, but with this problem, I would advise Canon users to stick with Canon lenses if they don't want to waste their time and energy in vain like I did to try to sourt out incompatibility problems between the two Sigma lenses and the Canon 20D body.


 
Sigma 24-60mm f2.8 EX DG Lens

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Review Date: Aug 21, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Glass quality, sharp from f/2.8, 77mm diameter filters (like on my Sigma 10-20mm and my Canon 70-200mm), price, Sigma's after sales customer service
Cons:
Originally front focusing with my Canon 20D, slow and very noisy autofocus, limited focal range (24-60mm), the lens extends when zooming, no full time autofocus manual overriding, crap lens cap

I bought first the Sigma 10-20mm f/4.0-5.6 EX DC HSM for my Canon 20D because of the good reviews and awards it got everywhere. I have been very happy with that lens since.
So when thinking about buying a standard lens, I was keen to go for another Sigma. I didn't choose the 24-70mm f/2.8 because of the larger size of filters required, and I went for the 24-60mm f/2.8 EX DG instead.
Out of the box, it showed a noticeable front focusing. I brought it back to the shop, it was sent back at no cost to the factory to be calibrated on the 20D. It came back with a spot on focusing.
I have had no problem with this lens since, and the picture quality is very very good. It is sharp from f/2.8 and razor sharp from f/3.5, and the colours are natural.
The main concern is the autofocus, too loud if you want to be discreet to do some candid shots, too slow and sometimes hunting if you want to do actions shots. It also does not have any full time autofocus manual overriding. Sigma, please, HSM on ALL lenses!
In summary, this lens is a bargain and I the picture quality is not far behind the Canon L glasses... a pity the autofocus lets the lens down!
A very good lens to be highly recommanded!


 
Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM

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Review Date: Jul 21, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: amazing sharpness and details at all focal lenghts, warm colours, fast, reliable and silent HSM autofocus, hood provided, nice built in quality and EX matte finish, unbeatable ratio quality / price!
Cons:
crap lens cap which cannot be put or removed when the lens hood is on!

After having switch from my 35mm Canon EOS 500N to a more than decent digital SLR (Canon EOS 20D), I deceided to buy some nice f/2.8 Canon lenses, but not being a millionnaire and not wanting to save for ages to be able to afford one, I started to have a look around, and finally,after reading many magazines' and users' reviews, I was convinced that Sigma lenses were the perfect match for my camera and my bank account! I chose three Sima lenses to compose a new lenses kit;I already bought a month ago two of them: the 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DG HSM and the 24-60mm f/2.8 EX DG , and I am planning to buy the 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Macro (plus x1.4 and x2.0 Sima converters).
I love this lens which opened, for me, new perspectives and gave me some fresh ideas: it can give some very interesting result when set up at 10mm, but I like even more using it at 20mm. At that focal length, the pictures are razor sharp, with so many details, even when cropped at 100%!
I used it for some action shots at every focal lenght (skatebording, power kites flying) and I am more than pleased with the result. I also used it for some portraits at 20mm, and I inpressed myself with the picctures it produced... perfect out of the camera, I could have printed them without any adjustements on Photoshop!
I cannot yet see any fault in that lens (apart from the ridiculously thought cap), and would recommend it to anybody looking for a great wide angle.