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Sigma 18-50mm F3.5-5.6 DC

18-50
Review Date: Mar 7, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $100.00 | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Cheap, light weight, better IQ than the Canon EF-S 18-55 3.5-5.6 II, comes with hood
Cons:
Pictures are very soft wide open, noisy AF isn't reliable in low light conditions

I had this lens for about half a year until I decided to go for the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, which is more expensive but produces much better IQ than this Sigma. It's definitly better than the old, not stabilized Canon 18-55 mm lens.

So if you are looking for a cheap wide angle lens consider first the more expensive Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 or the Canon 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS (of which many say it would be far better than the old one).


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

ef50mmf_18_1_
Review Date: Mar 7, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $100.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, light weight, small, f/1.8, cheap
Cons:
Built quality, soft at f/1.8



 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

ef70_200_28_1_
Review Date: Mar 7, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness is amazing even wide open, solid built, fast and reliable AF. This lens will remain in my camera bag for a very long time.
Cons:
Maybe the weight if you use it for a longer time without support of a monopod, tripod or beanbag; there is a bit of movement between the lens and my 30D

My first 70-200mm lens was the 70-200 f/4 L USM, which I thougt was the sharpest thing wide open I've ever seen (I used it virtually just wide open). But this lens beats the f/4 easily at 2.8! As I'm in taking sports and concert pictures I do need the f/2.8 due to poor lighting in the most situations I shoot.

As I'm photoraphing moving objekts (I'm not shooting chess!) I didn't go for the f/4 IS or the f/2.8 IS because I need shutter speed faster than 1/200s anyway - which is handholdable for me in the focal lenght range of this lens. So think about if you really need IS - if not, you can save a lot of money.

If you need f/2.8 and if you can live without IS this is the lens to buy.