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Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

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Review Date: Jan 2, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: wonderfully sharp wide open, fast and reliable focus, excellent built quality, very controlled CAs
Cons:
none so far

i just received this lens as a christmas present and i have so far taken about 700 shots with it.
i am pretty much overwhelmed with the results. first of all i have not tried any other 50mm prime thus far so i cannot compare the results i've gotten.
but i am very satisfied. the wide open performance which kind of triggered my decision to go for this lens is excellent. very sharp, hardly any CAs (and if there are any, they can easily be corrected) and beautiful color rendering.
this lens has pretty much exceeded my exspectations.
i was a little worried when i put it on my wish list, given the focus issues some people seem to have with their lenses.
i do not think i have any focus problems. i did get some out of focus shots with this lens, but as most of my shots are very much in focus, i am pretty sure that they are just a result of me being not at all well versed in using a lens that fast.
and as i took more and more shots, the OOF problems practically vanished.


 
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO

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Review Date: Feb 25, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: sharp; excellent saturation, colors and contrast; excellent built quality; internal focussing; very comfortable zoom and focus wheel; extremely low level of distortions, even at 17mm
Cons:
soft @ 17mm @ 2,8; very little vignetting when wide open, but when stopped down that problem is no longer existent

all in all i could not be happier with my choice. i looked for a replacement for my 400D kit lens (the 18-55mm) and found this lens. it proved very reliable both in excellent and poor lighting conditions, other than the kit lens.
if you look for a good replacement for your kit lens, consider this lens. you do not have to pay a lot of money to get an excellent lens, this baby right here is definately a bargain!