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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Nov 20, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, light, (relatively) cheap
Cons:
I couldn't afford the IS version!

Brilliant lens!
Mine constantly amazes me when I get home and look at the photos. Sharp, great colour reproduction and fantastic bokeh at f4 and 200mm.

If I could only keep one lens, it'd be this one.


 
Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM

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Review Date: Aug 1, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build, price, performance.
Cons:
None for the money.

I've had this for a year now and it's a brilliant bit of gear - if you get a good 'un. I like it so much, I bought another body just so I could keep it permanently attached to my camera.

I've run a 10-22 and my own 10-20 side by side, and the differences are negligible. The Canon handles flare better and that's about it. Only other gripe is the lens hood/filter thing, but I can live with that.

It's sharp, especially when stopped down a bit, fast and accurate focusing, and better built than the Canon 10-22. However, I am planning on upgrading..... To a 5D and a 16-35!


 
Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS

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Review Date: Aug 1, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: IQ, build, range, OS
Cons:
A touch heavy??!

Excellent value for money. Mine is sharp, the OS is excellent and it focuses quickly and quietly. Very sharp up to 400mm and stopped down to f8, it still produces images wide open at 500mm that I'm happy with. Useable handheld at speeds as low as 100th second if you're careful.

I don't regret choosing this over the 100-400 one bit. For the amount I use this range, this lens was a great choice. I'll stick the 1000 bucks I saved towards upgrading my more heavily used 70-200 to a 2.8 IS I think... Smile