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

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Review Date: Nov 14, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Excellent build quality.
Cons:
Stray light drives it wild, front element needs to be protected at all times. ITS BIG!!

Going to my local Camera shop, I was desperately looking for a replacement of the 18-135mm kit lens which came with my Nikon D80. The plastic mount on this lens can build up a static charge and acts as a dirt magnet, requiring constant attention and wiping. Inside the shop, its display case filled with older manual focus lenses, sat the Sigma 15-30mm. A brief bargaining session and it was mine. It was put to work immediately, generating some nice shots which you can see here http://www.flickr.com/photos/18171509@N00/sets/72157602309201023/
For the price (around $300) I not complaining. The lens works great, but its extremely sensitive to stray light and the often powerful brilliant blue of Arizona Skies are NOT its strong points. As you use this lens you have to keep the sun at your back or shoulder. Otherwise it just won't work right. Bad lens for beginners, it takes some skill before it does the job. I like it, one of my favorite lenses now and I could care less that its a 3rd party manufacturer.