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Sigma 10mm F2.8 EX DC HSM Fisheye

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Review Date: Dec 19, 2012 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros:
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Note that the photo above does not match the lens in question. Also, the written descriptiion above refers to a zoom (?).

 
Sigma 10mm F2.8 EX DC HSM Fisheye

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Review Date: Dec 12, 2012 Recommend? no | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Nice and sharp.
Cons:
Big and heavy.

I really like the results of this lens on my Canon T4i and appreciate the 2.8 aperture. However, due to its disproportionate size and weight, I opt to leave it at home most of the time. It is considerably larger and heavier than the Canon 15/2.8 for full frame, and nearly the same size as the very good Sigma 18-250 Macro. No idea why Sigma needed to design such a formidable thing. Another minor gripe is that due to Canon's 1.6x crop factor, you will not get a 180-degree diagonal view as with Nikon.

 
Tamron 28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC AF

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Review Date: Apr 1, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $580.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Size, versatility, VC feature, all-in-one lens, quiet, build and optical quality, warranty, small filter size
Cons:
Could be better from 200-300mm

This has become my walk-around lens for international travels. I am able to get the shot I want while others are busy changing lenses from wide to telephoto and back again. Of course, this is not a premium lens, nor did I pay the price for one; for what is advertised to do, it does it very well. It could be sharper at longer focal lengths, but that is easily fixed in Photoshop, and is typical of even some very expensive zooms. When dust creeps into the lens, Tamron does an excellent job of servicing this product with quick turnaround. (The 6-year warranty is definitely worth it.) I am very pleased with my purchase.