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Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG Aspherical HSM

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Review Date: Nov 1, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: almost everything
Cons:
not able to use front protective filter

My first Sigma. Tried a few last year for my Rebel XT, but all suffered from a front focus problem. Now, tried the 12-24 with my 5D and was blown away. Sharp across the range, good contrast, colours and everything. A real gem. Was expecting to try a few copies (read other posts on quality control or lack of it), but the first one was the one. The serila number is 2005xxx. Maybe Sigma has gotten their stuff together. Very happy with this lens. My other lenses consist of none L lenses (being not a professional and supporting a family), being Canon 50 mm/1.8, Canon 24/2.8, Canon 70-300 IS, Tamron 24-135 and Tamron 2X. Highly recommended.

 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: Oct 13, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, light, fast and $
Cons:
for $80, none.

Quite surprized by this small inexpensive lens. Very responsive, fast and light. Anyone on a budget (cannot buy L-series lenes) should own one. I've also tried the 50 mm/1.4, yes a better lens but 3 or 4 times more expensive. Build og sounds from the focus motor do not bother me. Examples of pictures using the 50 mm/1.8 with my Rebel XT taken during the last few days here in Iceland are to found at

http://www.simnet.is/gretar.ivarsson/

The pictures were all shot in raw and converted with ACR and PS CS2.