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Sigma 105mm f2.8 EX Macro 1:1 Lens

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Review Date: Apr 3, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: value, image quality, finish
Cons:
slow focus, extending front element, MF setup

I've used this on a Canon 300D, 20D and now full frame on a 5D, and been very happy with the results on each.

The image quality is excellent and I regularly use it wide open in macro and non-macro situations, with no concerns. The bokeh is not great but not objectionable either.

The focus is slow and this is definitley not a lens for chasing moving subjects about, but if you use it correctly and dont expect it to instantly snap focus across huge differences in distance then you shouldn't have any problems - I tend to use it in MF anyway.

This is perhaps one fo the most annoying feature of the lesn - the MF ring. As others have commented it can be frustrating to use at times, and often I turn the MF ring to find it has 'popped' back to AF and I need to sometimes take my eye waway from the viewfinder to work out whats going on. But still not a major issue IMHO.

Highly recommended - good value vs Canon equivalent.


 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Feb 23, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: IS, zoom range, build quality, sharpness
Cons:
size, weight, IS has no panning mode

This is a great walkabout lens for the 5D. It is a little big and heavy for carrying for long periods but the zoom range and IS make it a very versatile lens.

I can honestly say the benefit of IS and being able to stop down and still handhold effectively, outweigh the fact that this is only a f4 lens - for me in my general shooting. The IS is great although I wish it had a panning mode as well.

Highly recommended.