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Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Feb 3, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Silent, precise focus, good range and v good quality
It's a bit slow for indoor shootings

I usually shoot with primes, but when I don't want to take several lenses with me I take this very useful lens. And I'm always pleased with the results ! Good colors and contrast. Of course I sometimes would like it to be f2.8...:) But that wouldn't be at the same price !
I'm wondering if there are different versions of this lens because of some unhappy users?
I'm very pleased with mine.

Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM

Review Date: Oct 29, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fantastic lens for the price
It should have been a canon ;)

I was very cautious at first before buying another brand than Canon. I've owned a 35 f2, and found it too noisy. It was also front focusing a bit. I've been waiting and hoping one day Canon would release a new version (ef-s ?) of it. But nothing came. When I finally decided it was time to get a better medium range (eq 50mm) lens,I was tempted to exchange it with the Canon 28 1.8, but when I compared it to the Sigma, there was no contest: The Sigma was always spot on, perfect sharpness, while the 28 1.8 was a bit hit and miss.
Also the look of the Bokeh is great. Actually I'm not really convinced the 35 1.4 L can be that much better. With all the reviews I read about the focusing problems of the Sigma, I must tell I'm very surprised (and pleased) it is so good !!