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Sigma 24-60mm f2.8 EX DG Lens

24-60mm
Review Date: Oct 21, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Light weight(comparably), solid built, price is right
Cons:
Front focus, flare

I've received the Sigma EX DG 24-60mm lens from Cameta. Thanks for Bryan from www.the-digital-picture.com who recommends Cameta to me or otherwise I would not have bought it with them.

I paid US$200 for this lens (however, US$50 for shipping :P) - I find this price more than reasonable - given the kit lens is close to this amount.

The lens feel solid, and probably a whole lot handier when travelling than the 24-70 version. I think the zoom range is good enough for indoor / family photos. Filter size is just right.

Though I do have things to complain about it - its front focusing (how do I fix it myself? As my Canon 450 don't have micro adjustment) and it has the flare problem given that the light source wasn't even inside the picture. Having said that, the flower hood seems to be able to fix the problem.

Overall, price & build quality is really good. I'm not sure about the optical quality as I only use an entry model DSLR.