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Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-5.6 DC

Review Date: May 19, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Price, value for money, focal range
Heavy distortion at wide end, AF noisy, not very useful for low light situations

I bought this lens together with my EOS350D. For me a digital SLR was completely new, after 30 years of analog SLR shooting. This lens is absolutely useful as walk-around lens. So far I didn't notice any of the backfocus-problems that other people reported.
I have used it now for about 6 weeks, and I'm really happy with it. In the meantime I have rented a Canon 100-400 L IS during 1 week, and as I could expect, the difference was really obvious. But what could you expect?
The Sigma 18-125 is not an L-lens, but it offers good value for the money.
What bothers me most, is the heavy distortion at the short end. If you intend to shoot buildings in a city on holiday, this lens is not for you. Between 18 and 20 mm heavy distortion is clearly visible.
Also in low-light situations you might get into trouble. This lens is not the fastest lens. For this reasons I intend to buy at least one faster 2.8 lens. I prefer to shoot without flash if possible. But for holiday, daily shooting and walking around this lens offers decent pictures for a very reasonable price at a very interesting focal range.