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Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

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Review Date: Mar 18, 2010 Recommend? | Price paid: $450.00

 
Pros: Solid Build, Very Good Image Quality
Cons:
Used to L lenses and this lense certainly doesn't focus quickly when compared to them....not nearly as expensive though.

Ok, I've had a lot of time to play with the lens now and it works very well for the money. I found my copy on craigs list and focus was right on, though slow when compared to my L glass, but it was significantly less money.

For the money, this is a great lens and I've been able to get some really fantastic shots out of it.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/automotomedia/4440274542/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/automotomedia/4440273792/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/automotomedia/4440274086/


 
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Feb 22, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,900.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Super sharp and high quality
Cons:
Heavy

This review is for NON-IS. I picked this lens up over the summer and have used it a lot since. Here's some shots I took yesterday:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/automotomedia/sets/72157623491786898/


And for the auto race guys, you can take a look at this set...most are with this lens. If you can live without IS, you can have a great lens at a super price. It's heavy, but it's awesome!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/automotomedia/sets/72157622430386838/

For those who like triathalon, nearly all of these are with the 300 2.8 Non-IS as well.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/automotomedia/sets/72157622295838631/


 
Sigma 14mm f2.8 EX Aspherical

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Review Date: Nov 17, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $375.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Well built, seems image quality good wide open on full frame, price is RIGHT.
Cons:
Does flare easily

Took some time to find a good used copy off of the net for a reasonable price and so far I'm very satisfied. I've only had an opportunity to play with it for a few moments, but so far I really love the thing. I have a 17-40L among other L lenses and while I wouldn't compare the sharpness to my 135 2.0, it is quite impressive for the price to be sure. Seems good even wide open. I really like the super close focusing ability as you can get some interesting perspectives.

Here are just a few samples - If after extensive testing I find that my opinions change, I'll update the review.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/automotomedia/4113576675/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/automotomedia/4113804775/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/automotomedia/4114344974/in/photostream/


 
Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG Aspherical HSM

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Review Date: Nov 13, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $428.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Build quality seems good. Picture quality good.
Cons:

I've only had the lens for a day and using with a 5D MKII, but I like it so far. I have a 17-40L, but I wanted something wider for a different perspective....I don't plan to use the lens except for at 12mm and it seems like a quality alternative to a 14mmL considering the price difference!

Here's a couple samples just for fun (first one cropped):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/automotomedia/4099160676/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/automotomedia/4101228040/


 
Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

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Review Date: Oct 22, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great Bokeh Solid feel Focuses well on 5D MKII
Cons:
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I was missing a 50mm prime in my bag and for once, I decided not to get L glass as I've lived without a 50mm for quite some time and wasn't sure how much I'd use it. Well, I picked one up off of craigslist after reading the reviews here and was worried about focusing problems, but so for mine is great on a 5D MKII. I've never had as good a lens for under $500, so I'm impressed. Maybe the 50mm 1.2L would be better, but I'll bet I wouldn't get ~$1000 more value out of it. I feel like I got a bargain....

Ok, so it's not perfect. It's not Canon quiet or canon quick while focusing, but I have those lenses in the bag.

Here's a few samples:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/automotomedia/4021810312/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/automotomedia/4021781238/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/automotomedia/4020782429/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/automotomedia/4021542558/