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Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO

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Review Date: Sep 6, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $370.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image quality of course! Nice build for the price. Zoom lock. 1:2 Macro at long end of tele.
Cons:
Distortion at 17mm. Soft wide open at 17mm.

This lens really surprised me. I originally purchased it for my then 350D as I was rather underwhelmed by the performance and build of my Canon 17-85 IS lens. I had my doubts about Sigma, worried a bit about their QC but this lens has been nothing but superb on my Canon crop bodies. I took it out for a spin on the new 40D last weekend and it delivered the same great results. I honestly have no complaints when it comes to this lens. Great color, sharp results, good build, pretty quiet AF though it's not HSM.

 
Canon EOS Rebel XTi (400D)

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Review Date: Aug 26, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image quality, button layout, AF.
Cons:
None for me.

I really love this little Canon gem. The auto focus is precise and the image quality is top notch. Very clean through ISO 800 and perfectly usable for prints up to 8x10 at ISO 1600. I also appreciate the button/control layout on the Rebel. I can access everything I need to adjust very quickly. The rear status LCD works better than I initially imagined as all the information you need is logically displayed. Can't say I have had a problem with dust either, though how much this is owing to the XTi's dust removal system is hard to say.




 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: May 19, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Underrated image quality.
Cons:
Distortion at 17.

Excellent walk-around lens. Very sharp stopped down a little. Decent wide open, but not great. A lens that can stay on your Rebel, 20, 30D most of the time. Very underrated image quality. I have owned this lens for a little over two years and have gotten consistently good images from it. Nice detail for landscapes. I don't find CA to be too bad. IS comes in handy more often than you might think.

 
Canon EOS Rebel XT (350D)

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Review Date: May 19, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Outstanding image quality. Small and light body.
Cons:
No ISO 3200 option.

I have owned the XT for the past two years and I am still impressed with the image quality. It's simply outstanding. Camera body is light and yet I have found it to be very sturdy. For the price, the XT really can't be touched, especially these days given that the XTi is now out.

I have been happy enough with the XT not to upgrade to the XTi. Not a huge difference in resolution and to be honest, keeping my sensor clean has never really been much of a problem.