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Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM

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Review Date: Aug 22, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $780.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: This lens is ridiculously sharp - I went straight to this lens after shooting for nearly two years with my Canon 20-35 f/2.8L. Fast and accurate focussing, amazing picture quality. The zoom is just about right - I can squeeze out a portrait shot or two at 20mm if I'm in a pinch.
Cons:
I know it's EX, and that's wonderful....but the dust! Stopped up to f/8 it has to be ridiculously clean in order not to see specs of dust in the shot. A normal lens cleaning won't do the job - you have to shine a flashlight into the lens and painstakingly brush off every piece of dust. There's something strange going on with the Canon 10-22, it's like since the lens elements are organized differently, the dust is not nearly such a problem

I must say, this is one of my favorite landscape lenses. Any time I'm on a trip, this remains affixed to my Eos 300d. I took her for two weeks to London, England and the shots were quite breathtaking (for this young photographer, anyway) After you get over the initial learning curve and learn to see in your minds eye what this lens can do, you can get some shots you didn't believe were possible.

My two qualms are the build quality and the dust. With both my Sigma lenses, I noticed these black bits, possibly dust or leftover plastic, gather behind some of the larger elements. A few taps will get them out, but it's still a bit of a pain to know they're kicking around in there. The only other time i've seen that is in my Canon f/1.8, and it's been a long time since i've heard anyone rave about this aforementioned lens's build quality.

All in all, certainly a must have. If you can afford it, though, the Canon 10-22 is worth the extra couple of dollars.

Some pictures I've taken with this lens:
<a href="http://drahtphotography.com/gallery2/d/790-1/CRW_9332---2006-06-08-05320.jpg"> one </a>
<a href="http://drahtphotography.com/gallery2/d/788-1/trainsunset+2006-07-29.jpg"> two </a>
<a href="http://drahtphotography.com/gallery2/d/772-1/angelarrow+2006-06-08_1.jpg"> three </a>
<a href="http://drahtphotography.com/gallery2/d/760-1/thisisasunset+2006-07-29.jpg"> four </a>
<a href="http://drahtphotography.com/gallery2/d/758-1/betweenthetrain+2006-07-30.jpg"> five </a>