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Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX APO IF HSM

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Review Date: Jun 14, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp, fast and quiet
Cons:
Weight

I bought this lens a year ago to get a sharp and fast zoom in that range. The canon was simply too expensiv though I agree that IS would be mighty usefull.

The lens is very sharp with nice colors and AF is quiet and fast. The build quality is excellent. The only negative aspect is that the lens is rather heavy.. but well I'm still young so I guess it's ok for now..


 
Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

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Review Date: Jun 14, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very nice color and sharpness. IS make it possible to handhold in very dim light. AF is very fast and quiet.
Cons:
77 mm filters are expensive but as 77 mm is more or less standard on most high end zooms it's not that bad. Build quality is not quite what should be expected at such a price (similar to 17-40 in my opinion). EF-s lens..

Got this lens as I got tired of the kit lens. On my 300D the kit lens was rather ok but the kit lens I got with my 30D was much worse so I decided to buy this lens.

I have considered many other lenses before like the sigma 18-50, tamron 19-35, canon 17-40, 17-85 etc etc. but none of them really got me excited. The sigma/tamron etc mostly because of the noisy autofocus and the 17-40 because of it's limited range and 17-85 because it didn't offer that much of an improvement over my old kit lens. The sigma was the clear winner in build quality though..

I have a sigma 70-200 as well and don't really miss anything in the 55-70 range. But the sigma is much better built.

All in all though I'm very satified with the features and image quality of this lens .. so highly recommended if you're not too worried about ef-s..