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Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM

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Review Date: Apr 29, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Good contrast and saturation, very good autofocus.
Cons:
Nada, nothing so far.

I have to give this baby a very high rating, cause IMO it beats the canon 10-22 easily...
I used the canon lens for a couple of years and shot hundreds of apartments indoor with it.
Now I bought the Sigma version cause I'm gonna change my 20D for the 1Dmk3 later this year.

After my first indoor shoting with the Sigma I was really supriced of the good contrast an quality of the lens.
I could easily see that tha Sigma is better.

I use F.11 usually and the exposure time is always long.

It is imortant to have tha camera vertically and horizontally straight when shooting structures and indoor apartment photos, cause tha disortion is very visible if the camera is not straight, in the canon lens it was less visible.
But if the sigma is correctly used it is a winner.
I am using PT-lens plugin to correct the disortion.

I have no problem with the lens cap, and I can easily remove it with the hood on.


 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

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Review Date: Mar 24, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $460.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Light, sharp, the price. Exelent quality
Cons:
2.8 is IMO not useful. AF hunts, and could be faster.

I have made many outstanding portraits with this lens, and some amazing macros on orchids and other plants.
The 2.8 is really not very useful IMO, the focused area is really thin.
The lens is light and compact, and feels comfortable on the 20D. The manual focusing ring is exelent. In good light the AF is fast and works very well, in low light it hunts, but that is normal.

I have made indoor shooting with no flash, it is possible, but this is not the best lens for that.

If you like macro photography, you should get this lens, the price is very low for this quality, and this lens could have a red stripe on it.

Still waiting to do some real outdoor shooting this summer, and i know this fella will do well. For portraits this is relly an exelent lens, and macros... Uuuh jeah, go buy it, NOW !