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Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX APO IF HSM

Review Date: May 28, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fast, pretty, affordable, very sharp, very easy to hold, focuses fast and silently - did I say it was fast?
The finish, though attractive, can be a bit bothersome as it gets scratched easily - not "real" scratches, since you can clean them out, but it can make the lens look a bit akward while you're shooting. The hood could get in/out better.

Excellent lens, and for the money, simply spectacular.
The finish looks great, but it gets wear scratches - its a sort of smooth, velvet finish, it isn't hard plastic. You can wipe them out easily though.

It is really fast (continuous F/2.8), the tripod mount is well placed (achives a very good balance with the camera), it focuses fast and silently. I never found it to have a tendency to 'hunt', it focuses fast and well.

The hood could get in and out with less of a hassle - I'm nitpicking, but I always use hoods and I don't want to lose a photograph just because it takes me a few moments to get the hood to fit right.

It's not white, it's not an L, and the build quality isn't up there. But neither is the price, and it performs almost as well (and that's what matters).

If you are undecided between this and the Canon F/2.8 non-IS, then get this one, the price difference doesn't justify the whiteness. Smile

All and all, a superb lens, and a must-buy.

Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8L

Review Date: May 28, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Excellent build, solid and with a balanced weight. Very sharp.
Focusing is slow for an L lens (no USM). Mind you, it is fast, just not super-fast. :)

First of all, the image on top is wrong - that is not the lens being debated here. The 20-35 looks like the typical L short zoom, black with the distinctive red ring.

It is an excellent lens, surely not new, but if you happen to see an used one for sale, don't hesitate to buy.

L quality for a 1/4 of the price, and a wide-angle at that.
Can't be beat.

I'm very happy - and its slapped on my 20D all the time!