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Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM

Review Date: Apr 28, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Price and performance according to price. Cheaper than Canon 10-22. Hood a lot easier to store than the Canon 10-22 one. The extras it comes with in the price.
Tad lower quality the EFS 10-22 I had. Can't get to lens cap with lens hood on.

I had a Canon EF-S 10-22 for 1 year or 2 but realised I was not using it enough to justify keeping it esp. after I added a 5D to my kit. Low on behold a few months after I sold it, and for other reasons sold the 5D, I found myself sometimes needing an ultra wide, but not enough to justify the price of a Canon 10-22.

1st copy was soft and had focus issues Exchanged for second copy and that was much better.

The colour rendition and sharpness is only little below that of a Canon 10-22 but I am more than happy with this lens for price I paid and the amount I use it.

I use it for internal architectural work and also for more dramatic/scenic wedding photography.

I sometimes feel that Sigma lenses and their QC are bashed more than necessary. Yes I had one bad copy but with minimum of fuss it was sorted. This is my second Sigma lens for Canon I would happily buy another.

Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM

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

Pros: f1.4 at such a great price!!! Great focal range for crop sensors.
The Sigma yellow colour cast but I shoot RAW so don't care considering the price compared to a 35L. Can't get to lens cap with lens hood on.

Had this lens since they were first release and used on a 20D and 30D. This lens is immersed in fear - I have ever ever had any focusing/calibration issues. The Sigma 30 f1.4 has work flawlessly for me.

I can't say how much I love this lens. In low light, music/arts, wedding situations it never lets me down. Great walkaround, travel lens too. My Canon EF-S 17-55 is my workhorse lens i.e. it gets used the most for work week in, week out. This 30EX is the lens I use most for both work and pleasure.

Draw backs are minor - the Sigma yellow cast on photos may be a problem for those shooting in formats other than RAW. Also with my big fingers I find it difficult to take off/put on the lens cap with hood attached.

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Apr 28, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Price, weight, focal range, useful as macro and general lens
focus hunts sometimes in non-macro situations

It was a toss up between the Sigma 50 macro or this Canon EF-S 60. For a marginal amount of money more, I went for the Canon mainly because of the lens not extending. I find this lens very flexible in that it a a great macro lens but also a fantastic general use lens. Photos are sharp, colour reproduction is great. The lens is relatively small and easy to always carry around.

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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

Pros: It's not a white lens (doesn't attract attention), superb optics, relatively light

Had this lens of about 3 years and absolutely adore this lens for quality of optics and what I consider to be value for money for L glass. I have used this for candid wedding photography and outdoor portraits/candids. Also used this as a macro lens with extension tubes. Lens has solid build. Colour in photos is amazing. I hardly do any post production on photos from this lens.

I have used it on both full frame and crop 1.6x sensors preferring it on the latter - I have more use of it on a crop sensor camera as a portrait lens and also a semi-telephoto for candids etc. On full frame I always found myself wanting more reach with this lens.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Apr 28, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Lightweight, fast in all aspects, compact, price
It not the 85L!

Absolutely superb prime lens which I have had for several years. At the time of purchase I had the choice of purchasing the 85L f1.2 but after a hands-on, I could not justify the price of the L - mainly let down by the slow focus. The 85 f1.8 is a great lens with fast focusing and helps to produce great quality of photos. I have used this lens for weddings, music and arts performances. No doubt the 85L is in a league of its own but you just can't overlook this lens based on all round performance, quality and price.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

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

Pros: All been said before: solid build, picture quality, f2.8, IS, focal range.
Easy to criticise on price but once you start using it to earn money you are rewarded with quality photos and happy customers.

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

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

Pros: 'L' glass like picture quality, IS, f2.8
Price you pay for plasticy build.

The IS and range on the 1.6x crop sensor led me to sell my 5D and downgrade to a second 30D!!! I do not regret the decision as IS and lower weight that 5D + 24-70L has been a life saver in some low light situations - I frequently work in very poorly lit venues and often need more focal range flexibility than a prime can offer. The lens focuses fast in low light situations unlike the Sigma and Tamron equivalents I tried in this focal range. I also really loved how much lighter the 30D + grip + flash + 17-55 was than the the 5D + 24-70L + grip + flash (a big thing for me if I am carrying two cameras on my shoulders all day).

I haven't had any dust problems in the 9 months or so I have used this lens inside and outside. It has been my workhorse lens.

Only down side for me is that the lens is L quality in all senses apart from the cheap plastic build. But still worth the money I paid for it.