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

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Review Date: Jun 14, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: shockingly sharp at 135mm and f4-f8 thats the sweet spot, EX finish, i really like the lens hood but rarely use it because of the excelent resistance to flair, pretty multicoated glass
Cons:
less sharp at 70mm setting, as a walk around it's a bit heavy, no macro capability

they say put your money in the glass, well this is good glass, even though i wanted to build my system with primes i made a exception with this one and i am really impressed. i have been handholding with good results, the tripod mount is heavy and removable. no rechiping or anything like that. comes with a neat case, pics on my walls up to 12 X 18. photodo rating only 3.9 which is misleading, at 135mm and f8 it matches the mtf of the canon 135/ f2L a 4.6 rated lens.

 
Sigma 50mm f2.8 EX Macro 1:1 Lens

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Review Date: Jun 14, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: the EX finish, free metal lens hood, inexpensive, macro thrown in for fun, and this is a photodo 4.2 rated lens
Cons:
ok, this baby will hunt, use the limit switch, helps a lot, kinda big for a 50mm

this is the first lens that i picked based on reviews i saw on the net and i now recomend that everyone read before you buy. since i got this one a couple of old softies have gone bye-bye. reliability has been great, although with that black finnish i am worried whenever i get into really hot and sunny weather, a lens left in a car for example can cause the lubricant in the lens body to leak onto the lens surface ( totaling the lens ) the secriet to white lenses revealed. the glass seems top notch, i am now spoiled with being able to blow up to 12x18 most of the time.
no rechiping needed on my elan 7e, f4 to 11 best,