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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

Review Date: Aug 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $850.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp as a razor, great color rendition, light enough to use handheld.
A bit slow, but if you want a 400mm f4 you gotta pay a heck of a lot more for it.

This is the red-headed stepchild of long L lenses...people overlook it for the 100-400L. I almost did...but I found a hellaciously good deal on a barely-used 400 f5.6L and man, what a lens this is. Just tack sharp, as sharp as any lens I've used, with awesome colors and good contrast. I am amazed at how good this lens is for the price.

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

Review Date: Aug 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, good color, good contrast. Solidly built, good focal range.
Heavy. Big, expensive filter. Loud AF mechanism.

I got into this lens on a trade and had originally planned to turn around and sell it...until I used it. It's dead sharp and the color rendition and contrast is just incredible for the price. Not a fast or quiet focus, but just a steal for the price.

Sigma 24-60mm f2.8 EX DG Lens

Review Date: Aug 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $409.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Very sharp, good contrast, very good colors. Light, short and easy to handle, but well built.
Limited focal range.

This is a very underrated little lens. It's a nice walkaround lens for a 1.6X camera and takes some incredibly sharp, well-contrasted pictures. Only downside is the short focal range compared to competitors.

Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG Aspherical HSM

Review Date: Jul 25, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Incredible wide angle, great sharpness in good light, good durability.
No way to use a screw-on filter, shadows with built-in flash.

I was considering this product and the Canon 17-40L and tried them both beforehand, but I simply didn't notice any sharpness difference in the sample pics and the difference in the field of view between 12 and 17mm was dramatic. This lens is perfect for landscapes, which is what I bought it for, and is wonderfully sharp, especially in good lighting.


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