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Sigma 24mm f1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro

Review Date: Feb 6, 2010 Recommend? | Price paid: $200.00

Pros: sharp, good color, large max aperature, closest focusing of ANY wide angle lens, 77mm filter thread
odd two step af/mf switching,

I am surprised this lens doesn't get higher ratings here. Maybe I'm more happy with it considering I got a huge steal on it used. I don't know. I do know I find myself turning to this lens repeatedly for macro. I own the Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro (non IS) and Canon 60mm f/2.8 macro lenses. I use these with my Rebel XTi. The problem I always run into is not having a wide enough field of view. This lens solves this problem. Granted it doesn't do 1:1 as a true macro lens, but I can get there with ext tubes if needed. Yes, I know a full frame camera would pretty much solve this too with a 50mm macro. But even there, a wide angle macro lens would be great.

A 17mm f/2.8 true macro lens with 1:1 would be amazing. Through a 4 stop IS in there to put it over the top. Until then the Sigma 24mm will have to do.

Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

Review Date: Feb 6, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,050.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: sharp, good color, amazing low light performance,
halation & C.A. wide open, pricey

I have been impressed with this lens, after having it for almost 3 years, but I can see why Canon did not make it an L lens. It doesn't stand up to the test of bright vs dark subject matter (ie - groups under a pavilion at noon). I see way to much halation/ghosting and chromatic aberration. I can justify the cost due to the amazing low light capabilities this lens has. When I get the money though, I'll pop for the 24-105 f4L and keep this lens around for the low light situations.

As for the internal dust issues with this lens, I think this lens is no more or less susceptible to dust than any other air breathing zoom, which most are. I don't notice a single spec of dust in mine. I do use a high quality protective filter at all times and that seals the air intake holes at the front of the lens, so that helps.

The build quality is the same as any other non Canon L lens. It's not bad, but you would expect a $1,000 lens to be better.

Overall, this lens has opened up new photo possibilities for me having a virtual f/1.0 light collecting ability. I can pull off many, many more types of handheld shots at sunset, candlelight and night in general.

Sigma 8mm F3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye

Review Date: Jan 3, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $899.00


Anyone noticed the higher price tag on this lens lately? I saw the average price paid here was $633.50, but I didn't see it for sale anywhere for less than $700. I paid the B&H price because I didn't trust the lower price stores. I used to see them sell used for as little as $250 on ebay, now I never see them go for less than $600 on ebay.

I tried to first get it from Adorama (same price as B&H). After I placed the order, they sent me an email saying it was out of stock. If you order from Adorama, call to check for actual availability first since the website doesn't actually get this data. Or you could just go to B&H first where they will even tell you the exact day it would arrive before you place the order!

I haven't used the lens enough yet to give an evaluation.

Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX

Review Date: Sep 23, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $690.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: ratio control, good concept for a macro flash (but see cons), nice case, nice adaptor (but see cons), decent amount of power if only using as a supplemental light source
price, E-TTL doesn't seem to work on Powershot Pro 1, adaptor limited to smaller filter size lenses for EOS cameras, not enough flash power if using as a primary light source or with a teleconverter or at f/11 or smaller, short tether on flash guns; why not wireless like Nikons version?


I know this website doesn't deal with point and shoots, but I thought I'd post here as well as the others about this issue I've got with my Powershot Pro 1.

I've had the Pro 1 for about 3+ years now. I've shot over 4,000 images with it. This camera is on par with my new 10mp Rebel with EFS 17-55 f/2.8 IS. The Pro 1 is truly the best compact Canon has ever made. I bought the later setup (almost $2,000) in hopes it would blow the Pro 1 out of the water. Not so. Granted the EOS setup will do many things the Pro 1 won't.

Now for the problem I am having with the Pro1:

I've also got a Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX. I bought this long before I bought the Pro 1 (to use with EOS film cameras, then a Canon 10D). Only recently have I tried to use the MT-24EX on the Pro 1. I bought the special adaptor to use the mounting ring which comes with the MT-24EX on the end of the lens. Problem is all my shots are way BLOWN OUT; very bad. It seems like no camera or flash setting can reslove this. The E-TTL system, if is truly using E-TTL which I think it's not, should compensate and create perfect exposures. I've tried every combination imagineable.

There aren't any incompatiblity issues to be found on the net or by calling Canon.

I would like to hear from users who have tried this same setup or people that have true technical knowledge of this setup.

Sigma 24mm f1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro

Review Date: Jan 4, 2007 Recommend? | Price paid: $182.50

Pros: Fast, wide, macro, price, decent build quality. It's even sharp wide open if it gets focus correct.
Two steps to get to manual focus. Tremendous flare/ CA when shooting directly at light sources significantly brighter than adjacent areas.

At the price I paid for this lens, I'm pretty happy with it provided I can get the focus issue I'm having figured out. The lens has a tendacy to backfocus, except for macro.

If the focus is good in a shot, I find this lens is even very sharp wide open.

I'd say it is a tad big in comparison to some other wides. But the size isn't that big where I take issue for that.

The two steps needed to employ manual focus is odd.

If you would like to buy this lens for shooting in dark places like bars where there are many bright spot lights, neon lights, signs, etc. this lens is NOT for you. When this lens encounters very bright lights against much darker surroundings in a shot, there will be tremendous flare.

Sigma 24mm f1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro

Review Date: Dec 31, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $182.50 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Fast and wide. Decent macro. Awesome bokeh. Inexpensive. Reasonably sharp wide open. Tremendously sharp past 2.8. Decent build quality.
Halation/ Chromatic Aberation in wide open, low key shots. Two steps needed to go to manual focus.

As stated above, I only paid $180 for this lens (would be $330-ish new). With that in mind I wasn't expecting too much. However I was very surprised with what I get from this lens.

First of all it's a 1.8, so yeah it's big. But it's not that big or that heavy. It's not too big to fit in a small gadget bag with a few other lenses.

Second, it's a 1.8, so DOF is very shallow. Perfect focusing is critical wide open.

The only truly concernable complaint I have for this lens is a halation/ CA problem with not all, but some highlights in low key shots at 1.8. The highlights that exhibit this problem are actual light sources. For example, take some shots in a bar at nght and there tends to be an extra thick glow around things like EXIT signs, etc. Again, this problem goes away by f/3.5.

A minor complaint would be the two steps needed to go to manual focus. You have to flip the AF switch and pull the focusing ring back to the manual position. This is a small pain with macro.

If I had payed the going new price of $330 I would not be unhappy with this lens. Whatever the case, the shots I've taken with this lens really don't have too much to complain about, with the exception of the halation/ CA problem in low key shots.

The bokeh on this lens is awesome and rivals that of any Canon lens.

If you find a deal on ebay like I did, I suggest buying it. If you don't like it, put it back up on ebay and get your money back. Also a wide angle lens with some macro ability is nice and no other wides have this. Yes you could put ext tubes on any wide angle, but that's an added step when you might want to lessen the load as well. Until I can afford to drop $1,100 on the Canon 24mm f/1.4L, this lens is the best thing going and has a nice fit amongst my other lenses.