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Sigma 15-30mm f3.5-4.5 EX Aspherical DG DF

15_30f35_45_1_
Review Date: Jun 18, 2004 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Good value for money, Sharp lens, Wide
Cons:
Flare, Flare, Flare, Flare. Size of the lens, Range of zoom

Bought this lens a while ago, and though the 15mm is great, I find that the range of the zoom is not great enough to warrant it being a zoom lens - You'd be better off getting a 15mm lens, and a 28mm f/1.8 or something.

The Image quality of this lens is good, and produces sharp results. However, flare is a HUGE problem for this lens. You get flare if you shoot into sun, if there are bright lights anywhere in the frame, if there's bright lights anywhere near you etc. The lens flares are blue, splotchy, very intense, and completely ruins any photo where they are present.

Given the flare problems, though the lens is fantastic for it's price and performance, it's hard to recommend.

My gallery has some examples of the flare problem
http://www.the-wu.org/cgi-bin/album.pl?album=camera/sigma1530