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Epson Stylus Photo 1280

Review Date: Aug 9, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: $499.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Last of the great dye-based inkjets
Driver updates for Mac Tiger and up abandoned by Epson. Do not buy this printer if you want to be able to color manage your prints!

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Review Date: Aug 9, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: The Length--WOW! Very versitile. Not too heavy for what you get.

I rented this lens for a trip to a Wildlife Park. It was a sunny day and the shot were tack sharp--you can count the hairs on the critters. The focusing distance switch was very handy for focusing on subjects behind chain link fence. Am interested to see if the primes can top it, but I think it would be splitting hairs in terms of image quality--just have to decide if you want the versitility of a zoom or not. But the quality sacrifice will not be a huge one--this lens is great.

Sigma 24-60mm f2.8 EX DG Lens

Review Date: Aug 9, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $360.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Good size for walk-around lens, nice bokeh, Super-sharp at f/4 and above, near L quality for 1/3 of the price.
Not tack sharp at f/2.8, autofocus a bit slow, misses the mark sometimes.

The $1200 Canon EF 24-70mm L was just not an option for me, so I opted for this as a more compact option to the Sigma 24-70 when I bought my Canon Rebel XT body. It beats the kit lens hands down (glad I didn't waste my money on that). 90% of my subjects are non-moving, and for those this lens is a perfect walkaround, but for the few things I have to catch on the fly, I wish I had something with more reliable autofocus. But the image quality is great. I like this lens, but I wish I had looked at the Tamron 28-70mm 2.8 because I hear raves about it. Anyone considering the Sigma 24-60mm should look at both of these before deciding (or just get the Canon, if you can afford it--I couldn't)

BTW- Some might consider the 77mm filter size a drawback, but it works for me because I like to rent big glass & I can share my UV filter with my rentals.