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Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

Review Date: Jun 1, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Lightweight, inexpensive, covers good range, quick focus, sharp.
Macro is limited, but decent.

Bought this lens to replace two lenses. Tired of switching lenses. I replaced a good Tam 17-35 and a good Tam 28-75 with this one. Although it doesn't have a constant f2.8, I find that I miss that very little.

It performs great as my all purpose lens. Really find the OS useful.

Tamron 17-35mm f2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical

Review Date: Sep 27, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $245.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, excellent color rendition, light, low cost.
The hood is huge. Doesn't focus as fast as my other lenses.

This is a little known gem of a lens. My current copy of this lens is my second time around with it. Both of my copies have been sharp and have excellent color. This is great indoor lens on a crop camera.

For the price, I really can't find any complaints about it. I love using it.

Sigma 24-60mm f2.8 EX DG Lens

Review Date: Sep 27, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $260.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharp after a microadjust, excellent color and contrast.
The hood is enormous.

I bought this used. Had to do a little microadjust with my 50D and after than, it has really wowed me.

Previously I had a Tamron 28-75 that did not perform as I expected, I think it was just my particular copy. This Sigma beats that Tamron in just about every way.

It is fantastically sharp. I am really happy with this lens and can't see ever parting with it.

Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM

Review Date: Sep 27, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $190.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Low price, very fast focusing, solid build, useful as a telephoto.
Reasonably sharp only when stopped down.

This is an OK value lens. I have owned several of the super zooms and this one is the best of them.

Fast focus, has very nice color and contrast rendition. When stopped down it gives very nice results. I use it only as a telephoto and it replaced a Canon 55-250IS. The 28-200 performs better for me than the 55-250IS.

I am not unhappy with it for use as an occasional lens. It really isn't a bad product. Of course it isn't an L lens and I find it to be a remarkably stupid comment for someone to criticize it on that basis.