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Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM

Review Date: Jan 17, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $430.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast AF, great build quality, amazing color and contrast

This is an amazing lens. I looked at the Tokina 12-24 and the Canon 10-22 as well, but the Canon was way too expensive and the Tokina was just not wide enough (I want 10mm!). I am so glad I saved $300-$400 on the Canon and got the Sigma instead.

AF is super quick, but it doesn't really matter how quick it is since everything over 3 feet is focused at infinity anyways. Smile

I've used this lens for artistic architectural shots and it's amazing what this lens will do with a 30 story skyscraper. You can stand on the same side of the street as the building and get the whole thing in the frame. Mind you parallel lines will converge, but it makes for a neat effect.

This lens also takes some of the most fun portraits you'll ever see. I wouldn't take photos of your wife/girlfriend since it distorts the face, but it's a lot of fun with friends, kids and pets.

All photos taken with this lens have the most vibrant colors and are sharp even in the corners. I never thought I'd like a lens as wide as this as much as I do, but this is my new favorite lens. It makes me look at things with a whole new eye, and it's crazy how much you can fit in an image from just 6cm away. Smile

Don't listen to the Tokina folks who swear by that lens. So what if it's a constant f/4? Go buy this Sigma and you'll never look back.