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Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX Aspherical DG DF

24_70EX_med_1_
Review Date: Jun 3, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $409.00 | Rating: 5 

Pros: Soild build, Hood included,
Cons:
Soft all around, gets better at f/5.6+, but still not great. HUGE lens/filter. Backward Zoom (from what I'm used to). Focus hunts too much.

I ordered this lens thinking that it would be a stand in for Canon L lens, on my 20D. BOY was I disappointed. I've had it for a few days now and I've taken about 300 shots out doors and indoors with it. All of the wide open shots were soft. I thought maybe it was a focusing problem, but I could not find any sharpness in the pictures that were soft.

The lens it self is built nice. It is HUGE, and I found the backward Zoom hard to get used to. (The lens gets bigger when you zoom out).

I ordered the lens from B&H, it will be going back there soon.

I guess L lenses are worth the extra $.