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Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor

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Review Date: Jun 10, 2010 Recommend? no | Price paid: $270.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: a benjamin cheaper than the af-s, pretty sharp from f2.8 onward on APS-C
Cons:
way too soft at 1.4, cheap plasticy quality

Price is no genius...optics aren't overly great or suck either

 
Sigma 28-70mm f2.8-4 High Speed Zoom

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Review Date: Jun 10, 2010 Recommend? no | Price paid: $90.00 | Rating: 3 

 
Pros: Very light, very small, cheap to replace if it breaks, acceptable performance by 4.5/5.6
Cons:
2.8-4.0 unusable, because simply way too soft

Horrible zoom lens for less than a benjamin. Focussing is pretty fast.

Wide Open Aperture is simply not usable and the Corners and edges are downright devastating and feel like pictures made with a little compact digital camera.


 
Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

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Review Date: Jun 10, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $170.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Extremely sharp already wide open both at 24mm and 85mm, Vignetting at widest aperture, pincushion abberation
Cons:
champagner silver looks ridiculous on my 5D, little plasticy, simply not a strong light-giver, minimum focussing distance at 0.5m not always enough

Completely sharp. Great Bokeh

 
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO

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Review Date: Jun 10, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great! Sharp! From widest aperture on.
Cons:
4.5 on 70mm on crop? not alot of bokeh left...vignetting, which i don't mind about

I still had the non-HSM Version. Focussing wasn't loud, just a little slower. Sharp lens and great Zoom range. Good for the price!

 
Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC

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

 
Pros: Sharp throughout from 2.8 onward. Extreme Corners become sharpest from f/4 onward.
Cons:
All apertures are completely usable except 50mm f/2.8, extreme corners, extreme sunlight

After a year of daily hourlong use, the rubber ring started getting a little loose. But this really only happens on extreme occasions with more than just over-average usage.

Probably the best lens i ever had for my D90. It's HSM was incredible.


 
Sigma 28-70mm F2.8 EX Aspherical

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Review Date: Jun 10, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Large Aperture, Solidly Built, Actually feels like you have something in your hand, Image quality, Darn sharp from f/4 onward, sharp at f/2.8 and 28mm
Cons:
tad soft at f/2.8 and 70mm, becomes sharp only after f/4.0

Was pretty satisfied with this lens. Corners were sharp. Sweetspot effect due to use on my 30D.

My first Front focus sigma (by 2mm when 3 Meters away)


 
Sigma 28mm f1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro

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Review Date: Apr 23, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp from 1.8 up, Nice EX Finish, Very bulky and strong build, exact focus
Cons:
Weird AF/MF Switch needs getting used to

Seriously. I got this for 160 Euros.

I used it on my Crop D90. Images were always sharp no matter what aperture I used.

The macro feature is great. I could focus on objects that where only 5 cm away from the front lens. That's a whole lot better than any other lenses I have had up to now.

The AF/MF switch is a little weird and takes some getting used to. It was supposed to be Sigma's approach to the USM-full-manual-focus idea, but is basicly an epic fail. But if you've figured it out, it's not a big problem at all.

The filter size of 77mm is a standard among good lenses, especially the professional line-ups of Nikon and Canon. So no problem there.

I did have some focussing issues, as I was simply not aware that 1.8 had such little depth of field. Would be interesting to find out how this lens performs on a full-frame. The center image quality I can assure you, is absolutely outstand