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Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

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Review Date: Dec 30, 2008 Recommend? no | Price paid: $446.00 | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Nicely constructed - feels expensive and looks the part. Sharper than Canon 50mm F1.4, but only slightly.
Cons:
The worst CA I've ever seen. Thick green fringing around objects at F1.4 - F2.8. Not even close to my Canon 50mm F1.4 in this department.

To be honest I really wanted this lens to work for me. I shoot a lot at 50mm on my Canon 50D, and really was looking forward to sharper F1.4-F2.0 performance with the Sigma. Well.... what a disappointment. After all the good reviews here and at dpreview.com, I had high expectations. Compared to my Canon 50mm F1.4 it was slightly sharper under F2.0, but the green fringing, with occasional red fringing on some objects was unacceptable. Now I know most of you would say, oh just send it back for another one, but I'm sorry - that's not acceptable to me in this class of product. Back to the vendor it goes tomorrow.