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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Jul 24, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,050.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Extremely sharp, good range for a walk-around lens, well built, fast focus
Cons:
24mm (on a 1.6 crop)

I bought this lens early in the Spring (2006) and it is the lens that is normally on my 20D. I had been using a Sigma 18-125 which I return to from time to time for the wide angle end, but absolutely love this lens for its sharp photos. I would have preferred to have f:/2.8, but really like the dependable constant aperature and the IS easily makes up the one stop difference for most subjects.
I would highly recommend this lens for a 20D or 30D.


 
Sigma 80-400mm F4.5-5.6 EX OS APO

Sigma_80-400_OS
Review Date: Feb 23, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $969.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: It's sharp and is about $600 less than the Canon 100-400 and has a little more range besides. You can see the sharpness in this picture, taken at 400mm, http://straehle.smugmug.com/photos/43020887-M.jpg several others in this gallery and in other Alaska galleries, My Pt Mugu Airshow gallery, and my Blue and Grey Gallery. Just look for most images shot with more than 200mm.
Cons:
As others have noted, focus is slower than a Canon USM. I have since acquired a 70 - 200 2.8 and the focus is noticably faster on the latter, but when you need 400mm, "Who you gonna call?"