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

Review Date: Sep 15, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: affordable f2.8, nice body
hunts at 70mm, body too heavy, soft at small f, v. stiff from 28mm to 24mm

I wasn't as happy with this lens as I wanted to be. I'm not sure what exactly I mean by that, but I guess it was partly because this was my first introduction to 2.8.

I almost exclusively shoot outdoors so if I do need to shoot f2.8 (i.e. low light) I need it to be sharp. There's not really much point in forking out for a 2.8 if it can't shoot reasonable photos. The lens was sharp, but only around the sweet zone of f8.0. For travel outdoor photography the extra weight for 2.8 was not welcome. 82mm filters are awkwardly uncommon too. The auto-focus hunted slowly, and the zoom inredibly stiffened between 24-28 (why?). It came with a large foam padded pouch which turned out to be a breeding ground for fungi.

I won't gripe about all the L series features it doesn't have which make it half the price because that is irrelevant.
My 2nd attempt on Sigma and once again I am assured Canon is the only option.