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Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX Aspherical DG DF

Review Date: Feb 25, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $229.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, bright, and cheap! I lucked out and got a very, very good price on it though. Decent build quality (not L class, but it certainly feels more durable than most lenses in its price class)
Flare control is mediocre, zoom ring is a little bizarre, though I got used to it.

This lens is very usable at all apertures, and extremely sharp stopped down a bit. AF noise doesn't bother me, but I have the Minolta mount version so the AF motor is in the body anyway. Fast AF, in my experience. Good colors, too. I used a 24-70L (rented) on a 20D for a wedding a few months ago and having this lens on a KM 5d doesn't make me feel like I'm missing anything (and I get AS, a very very big plus!)