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Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 EX DG HSM

Review Date: Sep 1, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast, sharp when longer than 120mm, good contrast and saturation, and a zoom.
Large and heavy, but any 300mm will be. My copy is a little soft wide open at 120mm.

This is my second copy. The first was excellent, but I thought I had to have the Canon 300 2.8 IS, so I sold it and went with Canon. At my first sporting event I realized how much I missed the zoom, causing me to miss many excellent shots. I sold the Canon, went back to the buyer of my first Sigma, hoping he did not like it, and he told me I was not getting it back! Thankfully, Canoga had not raised their price yet, and I got a new one for 1898.00. The only thing, both copies have been soft when wide open at 120mm, but I'm almost never below 180mm, so for me, all is great.

Sigma 28-300 f3.5-6.3 Macro

Review Date: Aug 22, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $250.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Excellent all-in-one lens, for the hobbiest in point and shoot situations. Small, lightweight, and a great price. Better quality for the value, than I expected.
Needs good light, not very good focusing in low light, hunts too much.

I use this lens when I'm in point and shoot situations, such as an amusement park, water park, or in all around vacation type atmosphere.
I've been very pleased with the overall quality, even at 300mm. This is not a sports or portrait lens, and is not designed for "pro" work. But when in good light and shooting above f/5.6 this ia a very good walk-around lens.