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Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO

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Review Date: Apr 20, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $489.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great construction, great glass, crisp focus, edge to edge sharpness
Cons:
Sometimes a little slow to focus in dim light

This was my first prime lens. I was looking for a good lens, 70 - 85mm, to use in panoramas. I know most people probably wouldn't look at a macro as the ideal lens for this purpose but the sharpness of this lens was outstanding. All in all, this lens spends more time on my camera than off -- it is definitely my favorite lens. In combination with the Nodal Ninja, I have managed to do some serious panoramas with the largest just over 600 megapixels.

If you are looking for a lens that does portraits well, works relatively good even indoors, is easily hand-holdable and extremely crisp, this is your lens!


 
Sigma 24mm f1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro

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Review Date: Apr 20, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Solid construction, beautiful colors and images, great bokeh
Cons:

When I first got this lens, I was somewhat upset that it seemed to be backfocusing. I ended up download a chart to check this out, and found out that it was my camera -- this lens is just so much faster than my other lenses that it really brought the issue to light. I managed to calibrate my camera, and suddenly even my Sony 75 - 300mm lens, which I was planning on dumping, began to perform better.

All in all, I am very satisfied with this lens. It is fast enough to use indoors with little light, and really performs great with a flash. As long as a bounce card is used on the flash, I don't have any issues with vignetting.