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Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO MACRO HSM

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Review Date: Nov 7, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp, good colors, fast autofocus, f/2.8, focus distance 1m
Cons:
a bit heavy and no IS, sometimes a bit noisy when autofocussing

This is an very good lens, I have never had any problems with it. It's very fast, maybe not as fast as canon's usm but it comes close, and the colors, contrast and bokeh are beautiful.
A very big plus is the closest focus distance of 1 meter, which makes it a good close-up lens (not macro). It's built like a tank and comes with the tripod mount, lens cap and storage box.
The only thing I really miss with this lens is IS, but the price makes up for that.


 
Sigma 150mm f2.8 APO Macro DG EX HSM

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Review Date: May 17, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Excellent sharpness, even at 2.8. Fast autofocus and HSM is great. Comes with lens hood and tripod mount. Build quality is superb!
Cons:
None that I can think of.

I was thinking of buying the Canon 100 macro and then this one was launched by Sigma. I'm very happy with the 150 mm which gives me more working distance. The sharpness in macros is very good and the lens is also a very good tele-lens, even at 2.8.

 
Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

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Review Date: Jan 2, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Price, quality, sharpness
Cons:
none

Very nice walk-around-lens. Overall performance is good, it's fast and very sharp.