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

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Review Date: Dec 21, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $749.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: DG version: Clear, excellent bokeh, color is stunning all across the board, no vignetting on any shots, contrast is really good, fast focus, indoor/outdoor use makes it a real incredible lens
Cons:
Weight, once in a while it may hunt if you are panning, but it lasts only a split second.

I had been working toward getting a Canon 70-200L nonIS. So everything I read was based on that lens. Then at the last sec, this lens grabbed my attention and was within my $$$ range. So I got it. Boy was I in for a treat. After getting used to the weight, and it is heavy, I attached my mono, and started to find some shots. I have now run off 500 shots in the last 6 days. Indoors or out, the lens performs incredibly.

I shot a boys basketball game. No flash. 500/2.8 almost all the way thru. Buttuh! I had only one shot go bad and that was due to OE. I moved. Got some great shots of the action, steals, ball shots...you name it. Did a kids christmas party. Close ups were great. I could sit on a chair and just let the kids be themselves. Magic.

Went outside at the horse barn and shot some horses. You want clarity, you want color, you want quickness? This is it.

I may look harder at a Sigma prime after this experience. I was looking into the 300L...I might change my mind.


 
Sigma 28-70mm f2.8 EX Aspherical DF

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Review Date: Dec 6, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Light, fairly quick focus, decent sharpness
Cons:
Contrast is weak in bright light, build, hunts in anything but perfect light, low light pictures are worthless

Its not bad and its not great. I got it to explore further lower distance ranges and start prepping to move up to L glass on the Canon end. I got this for a song from a dealer I knew. I think if you need a decent portrait lens, this will do you well. I have used it quite a lot and the results are really good for a lens of this build quality. Its worth a look if you cannot spring for a Canon 28-135 USM IS.

Here is one photo I took with it:
http://doctorcane07.spymac.net/WHIPSNADE121.jpg
careful its a full JPG pic, broadband only.