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Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

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Review Date: Apr 18, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp wide open, great bokeh, fast HSM focus, cheap
Cons:
none

compared to the canon 50L this lens is such a good buy! bokeh is great and focus is accurate and fast for me. the canon 50 1.4 isn't really a 1.4 because it doesn't get sharp until f2, and the bokeh sucks imo. the 50L is about 3 times more expensive. i'm so glad i got this sigma. it's a solid performer.

 
Sigma 24mm f1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro

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Review Date: Apr 18, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: wide and fast, sharp wide open, good bokeh
Cons:
no HSM, clutch manual focus switch

I'm on the canon mount shooting full frame. There aren't that many options if you want to shoot wide and fast. This Sigma delivers at a good price point. It's sharp wide open, bokeh is nice, and contrast is good. Focus is noisy and slow compared to HSM, and the clutch manual focus switch could really use an update. All in all it's a great placeholder until you are ready to buy the 24L ii. I would take this lens over the 24L version 1 on any day. This is excellent value for money.