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Sigma 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 DC OS

Review Date: Aug 2, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Range, OS, Build Quality
Distortion at Wide End, High F Number at Long End

Overall for what it is, a superb lense.

Dont expect quality compared to the Professional L range lenses, but compared to similar priced and even more expensive lenses in the Canon range, this equals the quality and you get more out of it.

The OS system seems to work on the Sigma as well or better than my Canon 17-85IS

Build quality is miles better than the 17-85IS

Focusing was slower and noisier than the 17-85IS (also the manual focus rings moves on the Sigma where as on the Canon the movement is internal)

- If you are not a professional photographer, get the Canon 400D and this Sigma 18-200OS lense and I doubt you would need anything else EVER!

Canon EOS Rebel XTi (400D)

Review Date: Mar 16, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Weight, Size, Quality, Low ISO noise
Grip Shape - Fixed with extra battery grip

Why spend a few hundred dollars more on the 30D that is heavier and bigger, has lower pixels and less technology (no antidust sensor shake) ????

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Mar 15, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: IS, Range
Build Quality

This lense has been an absolute gem for me.

I have used it over the last 3 months and made back mor than 8 times what I paid for it in the work I have done with it.

The IS is excellent and makes a huge difference especially useful photographing dim temples where I can even get away with 1/8sec at wide angle.

The range has been excellent however it would be useful if it had gone up to say 120mm.... but..... then I probably wouldn't have bought the Canon 70-200 F4 IS L lense which produced stunning quality.

If you can, then only buy the camera body and buy this lense to accompany it, it is well worth the money and a great lense to start off with. I'm tempted to upgrade to the 24-104L but then i lose my wide angle so for now this one is doing the job.

- Also build quality is terrible on this lense. In only a month of using it (alot though) the lesne got so loose that when it is pointing down it just slips to full telephoto very easily. I took it to canon in Bangkok where I was on an assignment and they took it, tightened it up, cleaned it and my camera body inside and out in less than 6 hours. Very good service.

However 6 weeks later it isnt as loose as it got before but it is certaininly looseneing up again. This deonst impair image quality at all it is just damn annoying and cheap feeling when using it.

Here are couple of shots i got in SE Asia with it


Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Mar 13, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,075.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, Lightweight, Build Quality, Fixed Aperture,
Only as far as 200mm

I have been finding I need a little more reach, with excellent quality but not to much weight.

This lense falls perfectly into that category.

I was almost going to buy the 2.8 version, but the weight was ridiculous for a trip of more than 3 months.

I also looked at the 100-400 but again the weight was an issue.

I bought the lense in Hong Kong (Stanley Street) where the prices realy are fantastic and also got the kenko 1.4x convertor for only $85 (both brand new). This gives me up to 280mm but on the 1.6 crop body of the 400D i get 448mm - not a bad reach.

Now i have a small but perfect kit for my job as a travel photographer - the 17-85IS stays on the camera most of the time and the 70-200 comes out on a regular occasion.

The 400D is light and no problem with the 70-200 IS 4 attached. I really dont see how the 30D costs more when there is more technology and higher quality in the 400D as long as you know how to use it. I too often see poeple wandering around with the 400D and kit lense shooting everything on auto setting arrrgh!!!

GET THE 70-200 IS 4.0 the image quality is amazing. I took this shot hand help at about 190mm. ISO 200. 1/500 shutter. F5.6