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Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 EX DG HSM

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Review Date: Sep 1, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: $2,399.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Build quality, zoom flexability with near-prime quality.
Cons:
Stiff zoom ring, lens zoom out counterclockwise, AF lacking for low(er) light sports (Prep level and above).

I bought this lens specifically for use for high school football and after a year or more of wanting one, I find myself dissappointed after purchasing it.

During daylit practice, this lens nails the shot and does so with excellent contrast and color. As light falls off, the lens starts to miss a high number of shots (20-30% of my evening shots are OOF). Compared to my 80-200 f2.8 AF-S, I was missing only 3-5%. Summary: This lens is probably fine for daylight sports, but for night sports, I found it lacking on my D70s.

A few curiousities about this lense are that the zoom is opposite of Nikon's 80-200 AF-S. I had a bit of time getting used to that, much less switching between the two. The zoom ring is a bit stiff for my liking, but I suspect that it should loosen up over time.

If you are looking for zoom flexibility with good build quality and shoot daylight action, this could be your excalibur. this lens may perform well for slower sports or events in the evening but it would be a good idea to find a rental or borrow a friends prior to setting down the cash for one of these. This could be a great lens, but the AF speed and accuracy has been too questionable for me.





 
Canon i9900 Photo

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Review Date: Jul 4, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Reasonable price. 13x19 prints, excellent speed, outstanding quality, reasonable ink usage (with the exception of PM & PC).
Cons:
No support for borderless 5x7, 8x10, and 11x14s. Rapid depletion of the Photo Magenta & Photo Cyan compared to other colors. Have an extra set of PM & PC handy at all times.

I purchased this as my first true 'photo' printer for event usage. It's worked well in all situation turning out great prints on either Canon Pro or ProMaster papers. Ink usage is very reasonable with the exception of the photo magenta and photo cyan. They seem to be used up at least twice as fast as any other color. I'd like to see some support for common borderless sizes such as 5x7, 8x10, and 11x14. The included Canon software works well and I'm pleased with the results.