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Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM

Review Date: May 8, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: fast accurate focusing, nice build, works on 10d, and I have even tried it on ff camera.
not sharp in the corners wide open, CA

I dont do a lot of wide angle shots, but love the ones I have taken. The borders from 10-14 are soft wide open, but improve some by stopping down. it works on full frame, covering the field completely from 17-200, an usuble (of course after doing some cropping) from 10-17. built quality and focusing is excellent.

Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

Review Date: May 8, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $330.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: price, fantastic image quality even wide open form 28-75. the best value portrait zoom lens out there.
not a great walk around lens on the 1.6 crop sensor due to lack of wide angle range. Some have found quality control issues.

I primarily use this lens at 2.8, indoors for portraits. My copy focus accurately at all focal lenghts and is fantastically sharp. at 70 2.8, its only a hair behind my 70-200 f4L lens at F4, and at same aperture, its as sharp if not sharper. It is also reasonably light and small. Unfortunately reading many reviews, not everyone has been as lucky to end up with as good of a sample

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: May 8, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fantastic travelling lens on a 1.6 crop. Fast accurate focus, excellent sharpness
Marked distortion 17-24 (correctible). CA, not compatible with full frame

I have this lens primarily as a travellling lens. the range is fantastic, and the IS saves the day/night on many occasions. It has decent macro ability. my 85 1.8, tamron 28-75 2.8, both have better sharpness at the corspondin f stop, but the range and IS is so fantastic, the image quality very good, and the price reasonable.


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