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

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Review Date: Feb 27, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, fast, vibrant colours and built like a tank!
Cons:
None - this is fantastic lens

Without doubt my favourite lens: it delivers consistent, top-quality results every time.

I do quite a lot of concert photography, and found that I need a long 2.8f zoom lens. I looked at the Canon L-series 70-200/2.8 but couldn't really justify the price. Then I tried this gorgeous Sigma lens and I was immediately sold!

It's fast, produces beautifully sharp images even at it's widest, and is built like a tank. The equal of the finest Canon glass, and a fraction of the price.

I highly recommend this lens.



 
Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM

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Review Date: Feb 27, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fast, sharp, vibrant colours
Cons:
Doesn't work on full-frame 30mm focal length is a bit "middle of the road"

I originally bought this lens to have a fast, wide prime for concert photography. It actually wasn't very suitable for that purpose, but never-the-less I've come to really love this little lens. Having never used an 1.4 lens before I found it scarily fast, even in low light. Colours are vibrant and it's nice and sharp if you stop it down a little.

As with all Sigma lenses, you hear reports of people who have had bad copies. Mine is fine: rugged, well made and well behaved.

The biggest negative is that it's a DC lens, and so I can't take it with me when I switch to a full-frame sensor. The other thing you have to consider is if a 30mm focal length is useful for you: it's not wide enough for landscapes and not really long enough for portraits (although I have taken some superb shots of kids with it).

Otherwise this is nice, sturdy and fast little prime and a fun lens to shoot with.