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Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM

Review Date: Oct 28, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Well built. Sharp pictures. Love the wide angle.
Not a great low light lens, but it's f/4 at the wide aperture and I knew this going in.

I sold this lens a few years back to get another lens. Of all the lenses I have parted with over the years, this is the one I wish I had back. I shoot on a Canon 60D and the 10mm focal length opened up a whole new world for me. I opted for the Canon 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and am pleased with it. But the extra 5mm on the wide end was noticed.

Fair price. Well built.

Full review on my website

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Oct 28, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $750.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Excellent color and image. 200mm without being too big. Excellent color and image! Not white.
It doesn't make coffee.

After my Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 broke, I was in the market for a replacement. While considering options, I thought to myself that most of the time I was pushing my 70-200 all the way to 200 (and wishing I had more). I wanted to see what all the fuss was about Canon L glass but there was no way I was going to pay for and carry around the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L. The Canon 200mm f/2.8L was my first L series lens.

I miss being able to zoom, but this is the case with every prime I have. But it's easy to make the adjustment by foot most of the time.

I primarily use this lens for landscape, portrait and event pictures. It is definitely not a walk-around lens because of it's focal length. But, when you know how to use it, it can make for an interesting lens to tackle street photography.

It's a great lens and the price I paid was fair.

You can read my full review (with pictures)

Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM

Review Date: Oct 21, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Excellent color and sharpness. Nice bokeh. Very useful lens.
Maybe a little faster focus would be nice.

Travel and street photographers often carry their lenses and cameras around all day long. The extra weight that comes with big glass lenses can wear some people down after several hours. This lens' size and weight make it an excellent choice for photographers who always need to be ready. Also the smaller size allows it to fit more comfortably on the smaller entry level DSLRs.

After several years of use, I traded this lens in (and a Sigma 10-20mm) to get a Canon 15-85mm. While I enjoy the wider zoom range of the Canon, the Sigma 17-50 takes better pictures.

This is a great lens that I wish (at times) I had back. You can read my full review of the Sigma 17-50mm

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Oct 16, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Lightweight. Excellent pictures. Very affordable.

Before I bought this lens some 6 or 7 years ago I read that this was the one lens that every photographer should have because it takes great pictures, has a wide aperture and it is affordable.

All of these years later, these aspects still hold true. This is a great lens for the money. Yes, the plastic build means I can't drop it and expect miracles. But I don't make a habitat of dropping lenses anyway.

If you are in the market for a low light, lightweight wonder-lens. The nifty-fifty is still a must have for every photographer.

It's not my everyday lens. But I am comforted knowing I have it at my disposal.

I also use this lens a lot when shooting video. The wide aperture opens creative doors and lets me shoot a little longer after the sun has gone down.

Here's my full review based on my experience with this lens.