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Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

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Review Date: Jan 12, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Exceptional bokeh, build quality, IQ, silent AF
Cons:
Front focus at close focus

I bought this lens to replace the Canon 50/1.8 on my Canon 5D (mk. I).

First off, the build quality strikes me in being superior to my other Sigma EXs (24-70/2.8 + 70-200/2.8) which are also very good. This one stands out, though.

Being (a lot) heavier than the Canon 1.8 is really not a problem for me. Quite contrary, actually. The increased mass make the camera a lot more balanced.

The autofocus is silent and pretty fast, although (my copy, at least) sometime front focusses a bit when focusing around the near-focus limit.

Image quality - sharpness, color, and contrast - is excellent starting already at F/1.4.

The bokeh is out of this world; creamy and very, very smooth. Some may think it's "over the top", but I simply love the look of it.

Highly recommended piece of glass!


 
Canon EOS 30D

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Review Date: Nov 1, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Build quality, 1/3-stop ISO increments, excellent LCD, handling speed
Cons:
"Only" 8.2 MP, "only" 9-point AF

Purchased the 30D to replace my beloved 10D.

Compared to the 10D the new 30D is amazingly fast in all aspects; start-up, writing to CF card, image preview, etc. In all, it's a very nice body to work with.

I use it together with a bunch of Sigma EX lenses, and the combo works like a charm. I love it!