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Canon EOS 7D

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Review Date: Oct 30, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Viewfinder, file quality, fast operation, built etc
Cons:
the viewfinder not very suited for manual focusing, i would prefer some more customisable controls.

I use it for portraiture and street photography.
The AF is frustrating. At first. When you find your perfect setting it becomes a beast. I usually use spot AF but i still find that the AF can get confused. Not a big issue when u figure out why it does that. More of an issue is that when AF point covers the eye it will focus on the eyebrow (even though it is slightly off the focus area). Kind of annoying when I am used to using wide apertures (1.4 -2).
But overall it is a wonderful peace of equipment. The sigma 30 just shines on it. Add to this the incredibly comfortable grip and overall feel of the camera and it becomes a very capable machine bringing wonderful image quality. Though u will be left disappointed - it wont make u a far better photog!


 
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM

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Review Date: Sep 13, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: good colors, contrast, price
Cons:
hmmm well i don't get as much CA as i thought i will, but they are there though, the focus ring feels very very cheap. No hood or pouch...but that is canon being greedy.

Well, this is a special lens first of all.
Used right it can produce some very interesting and very beautiful images. Due to the very silky rendering this lens is perfect for portraiture, it doesn't make the object "pop" but it helps keep the harmony in the image. That is what i like about it.
I use it for street photography, although my 30mm siggy gets used the most, but there are some pictures that wouldn't have gotten without having this little guy.
If you have FF this is THE LENS for the money. IF you have a crop like me, try it, you won't like it for the first time, but it will grow on you very fast.

Kind regards,
Paulius


 
Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM

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Review Date: Jan 18, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Built, focus, IQ, aperture, focusing ring, nice rendering.
Cons:
focus sometimes hunts

This is my only lens now and by no means i feel "limited". The IQ it delivers - very good. It is nice and clear at 1.4 and at f2.5 in self portraits i can see facial defects that was not aware of...I still have to learn to control it better, due it has a slight learning curve.
For street, portraits and walk around - very good, if you like 50mm perspective Smile
I still have to learn to control it better, due it has a learning curve.