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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"

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Review Date: Dec 11, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $899.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Good size and weight, sharp and contrasty
Cons:
Hood, like most Sigma hoods, feels flimsy.

I've had mixed issues with Sigma over the years. I figured I'd give this a go based on early reviews, and I was not disappointed. Good, solid weight and build. Focuses quickly and silently and my images are coming out quite sharp.

 
Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM

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Review Date: Nov 13, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $850.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Smaller, lighter than the 70-200 2.8, great range, sharp, fast focusing.
Cons:
MFD is variable, bokeh is not always pleasing

My first copy of this lens was beat to hell and leaking oil inside. I still loved it, but had to give it up.

My new copy is in much better shape and I love it even more. Easy to shoot with, quite sharp considering the range it covers.

It's not light, but it is lighter than my 70-200 2.8 IS, and smaller as well.

It's my airshow lens of choice, and my walkabout lens when I'm not carrying my E-P3.


 
Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 AF PRO DX SD

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Review Date: May 24, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Build quality, sharpness
Cons:
Maybe a bit large and heavy, but not unmanagable

Only reason I sold it is because I moved to APS-H from APS-C. Quality was great, especially for the price.