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Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC

18-50f28
Review Date: Dec 14, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $430.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: The size of the lens was great on my 20D.The external build quality was nice too.
Cons:
Soft focus below 4.0 , back focused on test pattern

I was looking for a lens to replace my kit lens that came with the 20D. I really wanted to like this lens, it seemed to have all I wanted in a lens. It was small, light, fast (2.8) and had a nice wide field of view and most people really liked it.

I needed the lens to be sharp at apertures greater then 4.0, but my copy was not. The lens did perform well at 5.6 and above and the images were bright and contrasty. The lens also backed focus quite a bit.

http://i.pbase.com/g3/19/48419/2/53148285.18mm28.jpg

I must have gotten a bad copy, so I sent the lens back to SIGMA4LESS.COM and they are shipping me a 24-70 2.8.


 
Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX APO IF HSM

05_03_1_
Review Date: Apr 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Build quality, fit and finish, nice boken. My copy came with a tripod mount which I use a monopod on.
Cons:
Heavy, big filter size.

I have been in need of a lens to supplement my kit lens that came with my 20D and I knew that a 70-200 would be my first lens. As my daughter is play club volleyball, I wanted a lens that I could capture the action in your standard HS gym. I made the determination that I would need a 2.8 to get the shutter speed I needed to capture the action. My budget (and wife) would not allow for an 'L' series lens and after reading the reviews of the Sigma I decided to take the plunge.

Being a cheap SOB, I decided to check eBay and found my copy. I was concerned that if someone bought a bad copy and the store refused to return it than it might find its way on to eBay's site and I would be the unlucky buyer.

I am pleased that my copy is not one of those and it takes wonderful pictures. I have used the lens to take may volleyball images and I have been happy with the sharpness and contrast. This lens really performs and I recommend it. For the price/performance ratio - it can't be beat.