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Sigma 24-60mm f2.8 EX DG Lens

24-60mm
Review Date: Jan 9, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Excellent Build Quality, F2.8, Nice Warm Color, Starts getting sharp from f4, Lens hood & semi rigid case (awesome value extras), Feels right on a 20d
Cons:
Very Soft at 2.8 for me, prone to flare at 24-28mm without hood

This lens does perform at 2.8 but not well as I had hoped. I'm averaging 1:10 shots are keepers/suitable for 8x10s perhaps I could manage more if I were into post processing. This is my first zoom lens upgrade from the 18-55 kit lens, the kit lens has its usefullness as it is just as sharp at same fstop and has better macro capabilies, but it cant stop action for the lighting we have in European Winters. The 24-60 does stay on my camera body for the time being though as I do need the zoom and lower fstop, but that may change as I add more primes to my bag. Comparing this lens to the Canon 50mm 1.8 results in a rather 1 sided affair as the plastic fantastic brings in so much more detail it is easily twice the lens that this is for the same focal length, the Sigma outperforms it in one area though and that is AF speed.

I think this lens is a good enough performer to keep for a while and continue adding other zooms. I am just disappointed that my copy isnt a satisfactory performer at 2.8 in grey overcast lighting conditions.