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Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM

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Review Date: Oct 30, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $560.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: optically excellent. os works great. small size for 2.8 zoom. attractive price.
Cons:
no full time manual focus

I love this lens. It is relatively small and light for a f/2.8 zoom, and optically great. My copy is very sharp wide open across the whole zoom range. The optical stabilization works very nicely, and lets me handhold way beyond the conventional 1/shutter speed rule. In terms of the price it is noticeably cheaper than the Canon counterpart with a similar performance.

I am a big fan of FTMF, and unfortunately this one lacks it. However, the focus has been very accurate on my 60D and I have not needed FTMF so far.

I can wholeheartedly recommend this lens.