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Sigma 17-35 mm f2.8-4.0 EX DG HSM

Review Date: Mar 7, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: solid feel and build. comes w/ hood. fast aperatures for price paid.
cannot attach lens cover when thin wide-angle filters are attached. When hood is on or reversed, the lens cover is hard to attach.

I have not had this lens very long. The pros/cons listed are my initial early assessments. From what I can tell the lens is very sharp for the price and the build seems very solid. I am really ticked about not being able to attach the lens cover to thin wide-angle filters.

Once I try out this lens some more I will update this review.

Canon EOS Rebel (300D)

Review Date: Mar 7, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Price/Value/Features, compatibility with EF lenses and tons of 3rd party lenses to choos from, number of accessories available for the camera. # of, ergonomics of controls much better than most cameras I've tried
1.6x Crop factor, Plastic "shimmy" feel when mated to heavy f/2.8 or "L" lenses, no LCD cover

This is the first DSLR I have ever bought. I researched the camera, Nikons, and lenses extensively. In addition, I got a lot of "word of mouth" advice from friends. I love this camera and feel as though I have made an excellent purchase. The combination of features/price/lens offerings is what sold me. The Nikons are nice but in the long run I felt as though their controls were not as ergonomic. I bought this camera with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens because I thought I would want a lens right away. In my opinion this was a mistake and I should have held out for a better lens from the get-go. In all honesty, you can't go wrong between the Nikon D70 or Digital Rebel. They both have tons of features and lens offerings. I still have a lot to learn about this camera and quite honestly I don't feel as though I've taken a picture with it yet that I would want others to see. That doesn't mean I don't like it, it just means I am learning first and posting second.