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Sigma 80-400mm F4.5-5.6 EX OS APO

Review Date: Jun 29, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $960.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: built like a tank, nice fit and finish, great coverage, OS allows handhold at 400mm @ 1/125 conistantly, sharp, contrasty, CA well controlled
lack of HSM

this is a superb lens for the price. imo it can do everything the 100-400L IS can do for less. sure it lacks USM/HSM, but focus is still quite quick, i would place its speed between the micro USM and the ring type USM.. image quality is definately on par with the 100-400L.. and i prefer the twist zoom over the push-pull of the canon..

build quality is excellent, the lens has a nice heft to it.. fit and finish is beautiful.. zoom and focus movements are sure and smooth.. tripod collar/handle makes it easier to carry around in the field.. sigma has inlcuded a nice case and lens hood as well..

overall, i think this is a great alternative to the canon 100-400L.. everyone considering the canon should at least take a look at this lens.. which you choose will be based on whether you need USM and whether you want a twist or push-pull zoom as i find image quality to not be significantly different btwn the two..