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Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM

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Review Date: Jan 29, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Build quality, image quality, price, HSM
Cons:
Could be a stop or two faster in an ideal world.

After what seemed like several years reading reviews of lenses in this range I decided eventually to go for the Sigma; partly a price decision, but also because it was the widest apart from the Canon EF-S 10-22mm and it didn't appear to me that the Canon's other qualities justified the GBP200+ price difference.

I haven't had much opportunity to put the lens through its paces yet due to extremely chilly conditions here in Brighton and my reluctance to get frostbite. From the few times I have used it I can already predict that I will be an addict. The HSM is a revelation, smooth, silent and fast. The lens feels lik something built to last and I have been delighted so far with the sharpness, lack of major CA and overall 'pop' my images have shown. I thoroghly recommend this lens.


 
Tamron 70-300MM F/4-5.6 LD Macro AF

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Review Date: Nov 7, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Price. Sharp below 200mm. Light. Compact.
Cons:
Slow (aperture). Slow (AF).

I bought this lens having read the reviews here and overall am pretty pleased with it, although until summer comes around again and there's a bit of decent light around I shan't really be able to put it through its paces. As stated above (and in other reviews) the autofocus is about what you'd expect at this price point and I tend to leave it on M focus a lot of the time. It's also a little soft at the long end but with a 1.6 crop camera the long end isn't somewher I need to go that often. All that said, as a stop-gap while saving for something better it's hard to fault this lens.