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Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 II DG HSM

Review Date: Feb 6, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $850.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Construction is rigid and well finished, compact and not heavy.
The most annoying issue with this lens is the metal hood that comes standard. The tolerances are so tight that is difficult to replace it unless one takes great care; in the process I scratched the metal finish of the lens. I replaced the original metal hood with a Lenscoat Hoodie and solved the problem

This lens is a compromise and at apertures below f 8 the performance is not to par across the zoom range when considering sharpness and vignetting. I use this lens mostly for landscape and interior photographing always using a tripod with a 5DIII and manual focusing. Under these circumstances the lens renders excellent images at f 11- f 16. I sold my 16-35 mm Canon IS MKII mostly because of the 12 mm coverage of the Sigma lens. When I compared the both lenses at 16 or 24 mm, I could not tell a difference at 11 f and above. The autofocus which I seldom use with these lenses is superior in the Canon lens. The built-in hood is not detachable and the use of filters is not possible.