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Sigma Electronic Flash EF 500 DG Super

EF_500_DG_Super_Flash
Review Date: Feb 5, 2010 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Price, user menu.
Cons:
ETTL not reliable

I bought this flash couple of years ago. I was quite happy with this until I started to use it in ETTL mode for weddings. This flash ETTL absolutely not reliable. Especially when use in bounce mode. The output is not consistent. Almost always underexposed when subject about 5 m away. Then you com closer make a shot, boom, washed out. Second shot could come OK. After lot of practice I managed to operate it properly in manual and ETTL. However for serious work I rent or borrow 430 or 580

 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

70-300_isusm
Review Date: Feb 26, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $580.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Zoom range. Auto Focus. IS works great.
Cons:
No hood. Extends on zoom. Soft.

It is a good general use lens. Very nice image stabilization, good zoom range. The USM AF motor works fast and silent. However for those who needs very sharp and neat image it's not a right piece of gear.
I owned this lens few weeks making about 1000 shots. Generally I was happy with this, except that all images were soft to me. I replaced it with EF 70-200L F4. Using it with 1.4 TC and getting better results.