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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

ef85mmf_18usm_1_
Review Date: Feb 4, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $330.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Amazingly sharp, superfast AF, great bulild quality, beautiful background blur, inexpensive, FAST.
Cons:

All the hype is true. Every time I use this lens I'm impressed by how good the images look. Wish I'd bought it a long time ago.

 
Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC

18-50f28
Review Date: Jan 23, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great performance for the money and size. F/2.8. Fast focus. VERY sharp stopped down.
Cons:
My first copy was soft on one side, Sigma repaired it under warranty and it was very good, though still a bit soft in the corners wide open.

I bought this because I needed something faster than my Canon 17-40L. This lens performs very well but exhibits a fair amount of softness in the corners wide open. Color is a bit yellow compared to my Canon lenses which are more neutral or blue. Stopped down it is fabulous though, sharper than either of my Canon EF 28 and 50mm primes.
Speaking of 50mm, it is quite a bit wider at 50mm than my Canon EF 50 Mk1 1.8, I would guess more like 45mm.

Great replacement for the kit lens but if I had to choose between my 17-40L Canon and the Sigma, I'd still have to pick the Canon.