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

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Review Date: Sep 17, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: F2.8. Very VERY well built. Focusing is smooth, and Zooming is effortless.
Cons:
Manual focus is weird. f2.8 is a bit soft. Focusing motor is L-O-U-D! Heavy, though not a problem for me. Inconsistent focusing at 24mm.

This lens is good but could have been stellar. My copy is sharp, but only at f4 and above. I made the terrible TERRIBLE mistake of comparing it to my 80-200 f2.8L, and decided almost immediately that it wasn't a keeper. The L just abused it at 70-80mm. Focusing was dead on at 70mm but left a bit to be desired at 24mm. All in all, I'd be comfortable using this lens at f4 and higher, but for my money, I need another f2.8 zoom, and I don't see a Canon in my future right now. Ask me again in six months.