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Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

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Review Date: Sep 5, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $960.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp wide open at all focal lengths, very fast (f/2.8 constant), IS works well, focus is fast enough
Cons:
vignettes at wide shots with large aperture, price, build, no included accessories (e.g. hood), crop lens, relatively big and heavy

This is a must have lens for crop sensors. There is no equilivant on a full frame side (well, there's the 24-70 but without IS). It is sharp, fast, and focuses very well. This is mounted on my 40D 99% of the time--my default go-to lens. It covers the most commonly used focal lengths at a fixed aperture. It is not L designated thus no included hood (must fork over $50 for a canon branded one), not weather sealed, etc. For the price, I would expect at least the hood to be included :T.

 
Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM

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Review Date: Feb 22, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: W I D E, fairly sharp, light, cheap!
Cons:
suffers from flare due to little to no lens coating, price drop a week after i bought it

it is sharp, pretty darn sharp for the money. it is mounted on my camera body most of the time as i love the wide angles in photos. the lens finish is ok, no problems yet but can foresee it peel off if not handled carefully. comes with a hood but does not block all the flares. the lens isn't very coated well against flare which is some what disappointing.

price dropped little over a week, almost wanted to return/rebuy but i did not want to give up my copy :]. being an amateur photographer on a very tight budget, i took the hit on the price drop of almost $100(!) which was about 20% at the time. it is that good.