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Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

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Review Date: Nov 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Performance Low cost Focusing ability
Cons:
Not quite an L Wish it was wider


When I got my XT,I got a body only.I had researched the net for a good walk-around lens for the purpose of learning to use the camera.With some reservations about focus issues,I bought a new 18-125mm Sigma.It was fairly sharp,but suffered from focus problems.It was noisy(no big deal),but worse,focused erratically.
So I went to Wolfe and compared it directly with the 28-135 and 28-105 f3.5/4.5 Canon lenses.These two lenses were both excellent focusers.And in the store,I took many photos with all 3 lenses.Both Canons were sharper than the Sigma.Other than the little extra reach and the IS,I thought the 28-105 was a better lens.So I sold the Sigma and bought a used 28-105.I wish I had known about this little gem from the start.It focused dead-on and instantly.It was sharper than the Sigma at all comparable focal lengths.It is compact,light enough,well built,has the "real"USM motor anf full-time manual focus....and definitely is a price bargain.It's my main lens.
I recently got an "L"(70-200f4) and now know what a really excellent lens can do.That makes me want the new 24-105 L.But at $1250???It will take a lot of convincing as capable as the 28-105 is.
Bottom line is that this lens is wayyyy underappreciated.I guess that's because it has been around a good while.This lens is.IMO,the best price/performance consumer lens that Canon makes.Very highly recommended.


 
Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-5.6 DC

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Review Date: Nov 10, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $269.00 | Rating: 1 

 
Pros: wide range build not bad
Cons:
horribly inaccurate focus loud much better lenses available for the $$

I got this lens instead of the kit(after reading lots of posts).Many described intermittent focus issues.They were right.Above 70mm this lens hunted and hunted and hunted some more.At least 25% of the shots showed visible focus problems.I've used slrs for 30+ years,so it's not operator error.I compared it to my neighbors kit lens and the kit was sharper and focused well.Then I compared it to Canon's 28-105f3.5.HUGE difference!And the canon cost less.So I now have the Canon kit and 28-105 to replace the sigma.It's nice to get properly focused images.The Sigma has an inexcusable flaw with this focus issue.

 
Sigma 28-300 f3.5-6.3 Macro

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Review Date: Nov 10, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $220.00 | Rating: 1 

 
Pros: Huge range and decent build...low price
Cons:
terrible optical quality poor focusing

I'd only recommend this lens to a user who could afford nothing better,and "must" carry only one lens.It's the worst slr lens I have ever owned.

 

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