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Sigma 15-30mm f3.5-4.5 EX Aspherical DG DF

15_30f35_45_1_
Review Date: Mar 23, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Built like a tank, wide, EX
Cons:
Built like a tank (hard to operate controls IMO), not so sharp you'd expect an EX glass to be, dual manual focus switch

The dual manual focus switch really sucks. Also on the sample I tried it was kind of hard to operate the controls. I'm not sure why I got this impression. Anyways, the color is nice and saturated but the focus isn't really fast. This lens leaves a conflicting impression. It's just not what I would expect from a professional series glass.

And the usual, a random sample from my pic directory:
http://esd.sytes.net/~entropia/kuvaus/roiskeita_2-4-05/pelottava_kaeytaevae.jpg


 
Tamron 28-80MM F/3.5-5.6 Aspherical AF

777-014
Review Date: Mar 23, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: $100.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Light, cheap, AF moderately fast
Cons:
Not that sharp, build quality, slow

Got this lens as my first for the D30. D30 had serious problems focusing in dark situations but it focused quite quickly in light places. Also the focus was quick with an EOS 650 body. The lens is not sharp, but gets sharper at f/8 or so. It is however excellent for its price. If your just starting at digital SLR photography and are buying a cheap body, this lens would go with it for a few months when you get to know your way around.

Here's one shot with the lens and D30:
http://esd.sytes.net/~entropia/kuvaus/silooni.jpg


 
Sigma 50mm f2.8 EX Macro 1:1 Lens

05_02_1_
Review Date: Oct 29, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Bokeh! Very sharp, solid build, pretty nice portrait lens with APS-C sized sensor bodies
Cons:
It extends quite a bit when focused to 1:1 level

I think this lens is fantastic! 2.8 aperture with the wonderful bokeh combined with APS-C sized sensor digital bodies makes it a nice portrait lens. It's a great walk-around lens also. The one I've been using is my uncle's but this baby is the first thing on my have to have-list, and I'll get it as soon as I get the money. I can't think anything bad about it.

Some pics I've taken with it and my D30:
http://esd.sytes.net/~entropia/kuvaus/bokeh.jpg
http://esd.sytes.net/~entropia/kuvaus/teraevae.jpg
http://esd.sytes.net/~entropia/kuvaus/citizen.jpg

No radical post-processing in any of the above shots, just basic resizing and a little unsharp mask. teraevae.jpg (sharp.jpg) is a bit unsuccesful due to camera movement just before taking the shot (the tip of the screw isn't sharp).


 
Canon EOS D30

D30
Review Date: Sep 2, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Silky smooth images at ISO 100, great image quality, used bodies cheap
Cons:
Terrible low-light AF with slow lenses, the built-in flash is really only an emergency backup if your main flash fails

I have had this body for nine months now and it has served me very well. If you know it inside-out and have atleast mediocre lenses, you can get superb results. The resolution, however, doesn't really grant you very big prints. It is an excellent body for a person who would like to get in touch with DSLR world for a small price. Don't be afraid of the low price or megapixel count, this camera will blow modern P&S compacts straight out of the water if it is used properly. If you, however, don't master it it will give you very bad results. Smile Many people (including me) still use it as their primary camera and there's nothing major why it should be upgraded to more modern body.