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Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC

Review Date: Jun 5, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Build, constant aperture,, and image quality is great - it's a little soft wide open, but a touch of USM brings out masses of detail
no HSM, no FTM, can be a little soft wide open (but see above)

I've owned this lens since last September, so 9 months or so now. It's a great lens and a handy range. For me, the popular 24/28/70/75 range is a little long - I prefer to have a bit more on the wide end, and I have my 85mm prime for when I want to go longer.

Sure it exhibits some CA, but this is correctable. It doesn't focus as fast or as quietly as USM / HSM lenses, but it's still really nippy, and not terribly loud.

Unless you *need* the weather sealing of the 17-40L, or the ability to use on a full frame camera, you're better off getting this Sigma, and using the money you saved to buy other glass - perhaps a nice prime.