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Sigma 135-400 MM f/4.5-5.6 ASP AF APO

18499135-400
Review Date: Apr 23, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $420.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Great price, excellent for beginners, tripod collar, good quality at a close distance.
Cons:
Horrible autofocus (noisy, hunts, and slow), lens creep; bad, soft quality when photos are taken from a distance. Not sharp.

I highly recommend this lens for beginners. My problem with it is that when trying to take photos (of wildlife in my case) from a distance they turn out very soft and noisy. From a moderate distance a small aperture of 8-14 is needed for decent quality. The only time good quality photos are taken is when the subject is very close to the lens.