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Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM

8-16mm_f45-56_DC_HSM
Review Date: Dec 6, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $699.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Incredibly wide yet good rectilinear perspective with great sharpness across the entire frame combined with outstanding color, contrast, and a remarkable lack of CA
Cons:
Cannot use filters; shooting takes some care to really get the best use of this lens (keeping it level for architectural shots, not getting too close for faces, etc.)

This lens is really in a class by itself. I have previously owned extremely good UWA lenses from Tokina and Canon, and this new Sigma just absolutely blows them away.

Apart from covering an amazing field of view, and allowing some photos which I have never been able to take before, the sheer quality of the images and the lack of chromatic aberration are amazing compared to the other very expensive highest quality UWAs I previously owned.

This lens can be used in a very creative and off-beat way to make some very dramatic photos, or can be used in the way I normally use it to ma e sweeping panoramas, large group shots, and indoor shots where you just can't take another step back.

I have made gorgeous shots of small indoor spaces where no other lens could allow the field of view in such a short distance from the subject. I can walk in a small room, closet, bathroom, elevator, etc. and take in the whole scene and beyond, impossible with an 11-16 or 12-24 Tokina or other lenses I have tried.

This is just such a cool lens....


 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

70-300mm
Review Date: Dec 6, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,600.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp, relatively small and light, fast USM and great stabilizer, exceptionally rugged
Cons:
Pricey

A really fine lens with a great range of focal lengths, very sharp and beautiful images, very fast and accurate focus, and a very effective stabilizer.

A significant step up from my prior non-L Canon 70-300 USM IS, and a perfect lens for zoo and outdoor event use. With the high ISO bodies now available, this lens can even be used at faster shutter speeds and smaller apertures to freeze sports and active children and pets indoors.

All considered, a really great addition to my camera bag.