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Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX APO IF HSM

Review Date: May 23, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Superb focal accuracy & speed, contrast, image sharpness, 'bokeh', build quality and weight.
1.8m close focal range 1.0m would be perfect. The screw of the tripod need be on the other side.

Well I was looking between the Canon 70-200L f4 and this mainly, the Canon f2.8L I consider far to pricey and heavy. Weigh is very important to me as I use it for travel photography and carry it nearly constantly when I'm away.

So far I'm very impressed. The weight is just right on a 20D and the picture sharpness is fantastic. It also highly flexible for all kinds of uses be it portait, landscape or wildlife (ok it lacks range for real close up work). The only thing that narks me slightly is the 1.8m close focus range, this does make it awkward when using it indoor. Having the f2.8 gives you the extra flexiblity in low light and does give excellent results, very sharp images and the 'bokeh' is fantastic the background just melts away.

Some people have commented that the focus speed is slow, but personally I can't see it! Everytime I've point the lens and press the button the focus has been instanteous. Ok it is slightly noiser than Canon lens, but this to me doesn't matter. When I say noiser the noise is nothing extreme.

Build quality is spot on and it feels really solid and will stand up to lots of abuse.

So whats wrong with it well nothing much in my opinion, the finger screw placement for the tripod mount is on the wrong side. Then there is the close focal range if they had managed to provide a 1.0m or 1.2m range it would have had a perfect 10 but loses a point for this.

If your looking at the 70-200mm lenses and trying decided which to go for, all I can say is don't let you desire for a white lens get in the way of your thinking!