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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: Mar 10, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp, sharp, sharp!!! Excellent indoor lens.
Cons:
AF is atrocious, gets caught up in hunt cycle and won't stop. Sounds like the lens will explode some day...if it does I'll have to buy another one!!

IQ is sharp and absolutely no PP required when I use this lens!! The AF and build is well......I paid about a hundred dollars for this lens new, what did I expect?? If it breaks...I'll buy another one...if that breaks, I'll buy yet another one. No reason why you don't have this lens if you have a Canon body!!

 
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO

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Review Date: Mar 10, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp at both wide and zoom ends, good low light operation, fast AF.
Cons:
AF is a little louder than USM...but not much.

IQ on this lens is incredible. Sigma included very nice hood, that Canon would charge 60 dollars for...what's up with that??
I will never part with this lens, sharp sharp sharp, fast AF even in low light, the motor is a little louder than USM, but it's bearable...comparable IQ to my 70-200mm F4 L that costs 200 dollars more. I have 2 Sigma lenses and they are both built solid, maybe I got lucky...but there doesn't seem to be a QC issue that some people speak of.


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Mar 10, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fast AF, Lightweight, Sharp, Relatively inexpensive.
Cons:
Have to pay more for L series sharpness, that I can get with 300 dollar Sigma??

I am very pleased with the AF (married with my 20D)...quiet, fast, not much hunting even in low light. Absolutely spot on with respect to focus, perhaps a recent 20D firmware has resolved the back-focus issue?? It is sharp, but my Sigma 70-300mm F4/5.6 APO is very close in IQ at 350 dollars cheaper in price. It's unfortunate that I have to purchase an L series lens to get awesome IQ with a Canon lens, that other 3rd party manufacturers can offer at a much cheaper cost. I'm gonna keep them both...the macro on the Sigma is pretty darn good, and I can't let it go!! Don't get me wrong...the IQ of the Canon is still a bit better...maybe I lucked out with my Sigma...dunno??