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Sigma 50mm f2.8 EX Macro 1:1 Lens

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Review Date: Jul 26, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $210.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: excellent 1:1 macro capability with superior image quality. solidly built. inexpensive.
Cons:
some focus hunting. noisy compared to canon ultrasonics. lens cap & hood incompatiblity.

This was the first lens I bought and it is now my baseline for comparing other lenses. I've been highly spoiled by the image quality and now have a real hard time using non-primes.

People have done a great reviewing this lens, so I won't rehash other than a couple points. First, this one of the only 50mm macros around that do 1:1 macro -- Canon's does not unless the converter is attached (along with an additional cost). You can now get the EF-S 60mm but it will cost you $175 more. What you get for this lense far surpasses its $200 price tag.

If you are used to USM or HSM, you will find this lens noisy. I don't use autofocus for macros anyway, so it's not an issue.


 
Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM

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Review Date: Jul 18, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: f/1.4, wonderfully sharp. quick focus. good color. great focal length for a 1.6 sensor. strong build.
Cons:
almost none worth mentioning -- maybe that the cap is hard to take on and off with the hood on.

I have the Sigma EX 50mm macro that I completely love, but there are two reasons I was interested in the 30mm. One, the 50mm focal length was too tight for non-macro shots and I was interested in a little wider aperature so I didn't have to use flash inside. Although having both 30mm & 50mm primes seemed a little over the top and I was hesitant to buy the 30mm, I'm extremely happy with the purchase.

In fact, the 30mm stays on my Rebel XT almost all the time. It is fun to work with, perfectly sized (and fits nice) on the XT and the pictures come out excellent . . . and the f/1.4 is awesome for low-light shooting. Even though I miss the zoom, I just don't ever use my Canon 20-35mm or 28-125 IS anymore. I'm going to sell them both.

I know some people have had problems with the focusing of this lens -- I never have had any (and I'd bet that 10% of the issues are people adjusting to the super shallow dof at wide aperatures). There have also been complaints of noise during focusing while pointing the lens towards the ground. I have experienced this when testing it out, but I don't ever recall it happening when I'm shooting, as I rarely take pictures of my feet.