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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

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Review Date: Jul 28, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Awesome pics, awesome price, introducing a new photographer to f1.8 is like taking a newly-unblinded man to Pamela Andersons house
Cons:
I dropped it and it broke and now I dont have one. (Not really Canon's fault). Wish minimum focus distance was a bit closer

Wish I could post 11 for price rating

Opens up a whole world of photography with f1.8

Takes unbelievable portraits, in fairly low light

I hate using flash, so this lens suited me perfectly.





 
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO

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Review Date: Jul 28, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great price for what you get, good range of focal lengths, definite step up from Canon 18-55 (non IS) kit lens, good enough IQ in my opinion, macro is COOL!!
Cons:
WIsh the 2.8 was throughout the focal range; in some situations IS would be handy,

Hi there - got this to replace EOS 400D kit lens, and its definitely a step up. However if I were to go back in time I reckon I would either (a) wait for the price of the Canon 17-55 f2.8 IS to come down or (b) wait for the Sigma/Tamron 17-50 f2.8 to develop IS.

Until that point this lens does fine for me. Im a huge fan of wide apertures, and unfortunately I was a bit short-sighted when I got this because I hardly shoot anything at 17mm with an f2.8.

IQ seems fine for someone who would be buying this lens (ie someone who has been shooting with a DSLR for about 6months to a year)

Build quality seems great for the price, as with my other SIgma lens (18-200 OS)

Not really been interested in macro before but this lens is getting me more into that part of photography too

Takes nice portraits, and is fairly good for landscapes but the vertical lines at the peripheries seem to be distorted.

WOuld definitely recommend the lens as a step up from the kit lens