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Sigma 24mm f1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro

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Review Date: Nov 9, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Wide, Sharp, Fast, Nice Colours, Nice build
Cons:
ITS BIG - 77mm Filter

Please read my review from the perspective of someone who got it cheap 2nd hand. Im sure if i reviewed this after paying full price i would probably rank it infavorable to something like the Sigma 30 f1.4, but i didnt.

I really like this prime because its wide and sharp and quick. It handles very well in low light situations and is excellent for indoor and even just street shooting. I would give this a 10/10 if it only it was the size of the newer Sigma 30mm f1.4. I think that its size is the only negative aspect of the lens as everything else is pretty good relative to its price.

I gave it -1 point just because it is a little big.


 
Canon EF 35mm f/2

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Review Date: Nov 9, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Small & Light, Sharp, Fast, Excellent Price to Performance Ratio
Cons:
Doesnt bother me but - AF motor makes BUZZ noise.

I gave this a 10/10 for the following reasons:

Primarily because for the average price these go for there are no real defects that effect the image quality like CA, softness etc. If i was to compare it to other lenses like the 30mm f1.4 Sigma i might rank that higher in terms of performance but it is about 2.5-3x the price here in AUS. So keep that in mind.

I really like this lens because its a great "walkaround" prime. It light, small, sharp and fast - f2. I do find it to be a great focal length and perhaps alot more appropriate for walkaround than the 50mm f1.8. The 50 is still a sensational lens but in terms of being able to just walk around with one lens this could be great for street shooting and indoors/low light in closer spaces. I like that its black and small, definately not intimidating especially when chucked on the 350D.

Overall i cannot pick a fault on it that matters enough to remove any points from it. It does whats its primary purpose is very well, its sharp and fast. The buzzing AF motor doesnt affect me in anyway.

Again i based my conclusions on buying 2nd hand and not brand new.