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Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX Aspherical DG DF

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Review Date: Nov 15, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Cheap, Fast, and pretty.
Cons:
Heavy, Akward on 1.6, Must be stopped down, rechipping, filter size.

This lense, while definitely worth the asking price, is not as good as I thought it would be.

First, I have to stop down to f4.0 to get acceptable sharpness. Second, it's one heavy sucker. Thirdly, the 82 mm filter size is horrendous: we'd be much better off with a 77mm thread.

Couple all this with re-chipping nightmares, and you may find it not worth your time. If you're on a tight budget, it might be one for you.


 
Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX Diagonal Fisheye

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Review Date: Nov 15, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Great f.o.v., close minimum focus distance, decently fast.
Cons:
Cheap paint peels off, annoying hood/lense cap problems, scratches easily.

I was pretty happy with this lense until recently. It focuses to rather short distances, has decent bokeh when wide open, and has a great FoV on all camera bodies (1.0, 1.3, 1.5, 1.6).

unfortunately, one year on my hood is broken, the lense surface is pretty scratched up (can't put a UV on it), and the paint is peeling off.

Overall, I'd probably still buy it... but you might want to consider the equivalent canon/nikon lenses. They aren't all that much more expensive.


 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

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Review Date: Nov 3, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $370.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness. Close focusing. USM Speed. Build quality. Quiet!
Cons:
No hood.

I absolutely adore this lense: it makes the rest of my collection feel like junk. The little charmer is sharp, versatile, quiet, fast and fun.

Be careful... the 100 Macro 2.8 is like a gateway drug to L addiction. The best defense is to cut up your Credit/ATM cards.

Happy shooting!