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Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM

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Review Date: Sep 24, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $375.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, fast to focus and fabulous DOF possibilities
Cons:
None that I can see - it does what it does very well

A superb low-light tool, the Sigma 30mm 1.4 provides so many creative options. Crisp images across the spectrum, including 1.4. I have shot so many great indoor scenes with this lens. Great isolation of subjects in the lower F-range and the Bokeh is very consistent and attractive. Build is superior to the Canon lenses in this range, except for the L's of course, and the HSM focus is bang-on. Low-light is where this lens lives and it is very comfortable in the neighborhood. Have heard of some focusing issues with some people, but mine came out of the box crisp and sharp and hasn't slowed down since. For the price and everything that comes with the lens this is just an outstanding value. A keeper.

 
Canon EOS 7D

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Review Date: Jul 20, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Blazing-fast auto focus - great customizable features - price is worth it!
Cons:
Can't really think of any reasonable objections at this point. Some will be intimidated by the learning curve and seeming complexity of the controls, but, hey, if you want the benefits put in the time and you'll get them!

This camera has everything you'd expect from an advanced generation of the crop Canons. It is definitely more revolution than evolution, especially when compared to the 50D. The focus on this camera is, like - BAM! And the 8 FPS burst (after burst, after burst) is like having a cannon (oops - sorry) in your hands. Dual Digic 4 processors, 19 AF points, a myriad of ways to set them up for your style of shooting and a completely customizable interface to set up the controls. The solid feel of the camera and the more streamlined appearance and textural and tactile upgrades from the 50D are immediately apparent as soon as you pick up the 7D. It's just a different camera - completely different. Video is easy to deploy and delivers outstanding resolution and easy editing format via Apple and Mac HD format. Just pop in the CF card into the 800 firewire reader and easy editing and output via IMovie or Quicktime Pro is easy right there. Forget about having to deal with HD footage via AVCHD - Canon has made it easy to get the footage out and in editable form quickly.

This is a new generation of the xxD series....probably why Canon gave it a xD badge. Just a big leap forward. I don't know why so many obviously better photographers than me have had trouble with this camera. It's like getting behind the wheel of an XKE - what a ride! Recommended highly.