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Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM

Review Date: Aug 23, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $475.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: solid build, very wide
zoom ring a little stiff, soft wide open especially at 10 mm, heavy

This lens is very wide. I use mine at 10 almost all the time. It has serious barrel distortion at 10, which is a plus in my book (but probably not for a lot of folks).

I like this lens for architecture photos and when I want to capture an entire room. It's sharp enough in the center, but gets seriously soft/distorted at the edges. This really gives some room for creative photography, but also limits the use of the lens (I can't really use it for group photos, for example).

I seriously considered the canon 10-22 for a while, but I couldn't justify spending that much money on what would basically be a one-trick lens for me.

It takes some time to get used to using it with a flash (and is nearly impossible to use with the on-board flash).

I mull selling it some times, but I know I would regret it as soon as I needed a really wide shot. I have had this lens for a year and a half now and I still don't quite feel like I've gotten $475 worth of value out of it.

This was the second lens I got (after a prime) and I probably would have been better served getting something along the lines of a tamron 17-50, but live and learn!

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Nov 5, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $331.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Good quality control, sharp, cheap
a bit soft under 2

I am sort of new to DSLR and this was my first lens (I have the kit lens for the rebel xt, but don't use it). The biggest reason for me to buy this particular lens was that it was cheap and that the quality control seemed to be pretty good (didn't hear of many complaints). I figured that, as a novice, I would learn what a good lens is supposed to look like with a concensus good lens and then go from there.

I wanted dearly to buy a third party lens that was "a great deal" if you got a good copy, but ultimately I could not trust my judgement on the matter quite yet.

If you are on a tighter budget than myself (I eat ramen daily) you should consider the f/1.8. I see those going for $70-80 (US). I ended up buy a hood and filter for the f/1.4 that cost $70-80. If I had gotten the f/1.8 I likely wouldn't have bothered with the filter or hood.

Another point to consider was that I got this lens as part of the Canon Rebate saving me another $75 on the camera and $30 on the lens. If it wasn't on the rebate list, I would have gotten the f/1.8.

Sorry I couldn't comment more on the optics or low-light capabilities at this time, but I think my opinion at this point would caryy little weight and might even be misleading.