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Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX Aspherical DG DF

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Review Date: Mar 17, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Pretty good lens. Sharp from what I've seen, not near my 50 1.4 or 70-200 2.8 IS, but definetly sharp enough. It's pretty lightweight to me (used to Baby White) and has a pretty good macro capability.
Cons:
Focus ring, though not a real pain, is a little akward.

Bought this off ebay in exchange for my 28-135 IS. I needed something in the 2.8 range and a little wider than 28. So this came in the perfect range, including price. I could sell one and buy the other and be a perfect trade. Luckily the copy I got I think so far has been a little sharper than my 28-135, but I'm not a pixel peeper. I know when my images are soft, and when they're sharp. I've very picky about my images, and this lens is holding up decently so far.

I've tested it against flare in situations where I'd be using it, and none so far. From a 300$ lens, I'm quite impressed and happy to say the least. I still plan to upgrade to the Canon version, but this makes a nice intermediate lens and a great handdown to my fiance. Smile


 
Sigma 180mm f3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM

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Review Date: Jul 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great price, sharp, tripod collar.
Cons:
Black (yes, white lenses do have it cooler in the sun, this one sure gets HOT.)

It was either this, or spend twice as much. Honestly, never used the Canon, and after using this one, I don't think I really will need to. This one has always been sharp, focus is always on, and the weight isn't that bad. Everyone always complains about weight, but I personally have no problem with this lens in the least.

I've used it for both macro and telephoto and it does perform a little better at the macro end as it because a little off balanced with the tripod collar off.


 
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Feb 9, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $380.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Good range, especially for a digital camera, IS, fast focus, very silent.
Cons:
Zoom barrel sticks after a while, mostly plastic.

For the price I paid, I have NO regrets about this lens at all. It's a great starter zoom, as it has a decent range while being very affordable. If I had to start all over again, I would still buy this lens to build my way up. If you can afford L glass though, I would consider the L first, but this gives you a good overall zoom range and good quality.

As far as the barrel sticking, it seems that either from wear or nature, the zoom barrel sticks occasionally, and It may just be mine.

Oh, and thank the Canon Gods for IS. Smile


 
Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2

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Review Date: Feb 2, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Allows me to place my flashguns off camera, which I use considerably when doing plants and botanical shots.
Cons:
No battery indicator, doesn't give me the "1,500" fires it claims, I on average get roughly 300-500.

A great addition to anyone using Canon's 420, 550, or 580 flashes. I've used this from fashion shots, to botanical and childrens portraits.