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Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM

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Review Date: May 30, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $499.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Unbelievable field of view and depth of field compaired to Kit lens, no flare with hood even in full sun. Gathers plenty of light at dusk and in shadows. Looks and feels of solid quality. Fast and accurate focus. Great closeup detail.
Cons:
Skip the lens cap and use UV filter with the hood. Composition of shots gets to be a full time job due to lens limits and width extent. Must shoot perpendicular to edges and lines unless you like convergence, almost a fish eye.

Compaired to the kit lens that came with the Rebel XT this glass knocked my socks off, maybe just a little too wide for the squeemish. We shot 200 pics of down town streets, bridges, tracks, cobblestone and horse & carrage venues just to get a feel for this lens. Be prepaired to step in to the scene to camera crop a full frameof your subject or you will get a lot of garbage cans and porta potties on the edges that you never had to worry about before. Vanishing point perspectives are down right surreal and crisp. The focus system is fast and easy to tweak with a smooth touch of the easy to find ring. This lens is down right scarry and fun to shoot with. Seems to do just fine outside in low light and shadows, the detail explodes in the recorded image even if the view finder seemed dark. Yes I will keep this, but a "Canon 24-105 4L IS" delivers tomorrow to give me a little more reach and crop, and a little rest from the wicked demands of the "wide one!"