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Sigma Electronic Flash EF 500 DG Super

Review Date: Jun 15, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Presence, Slave/Master, PRICE!, battery consumption, build, options
45 degrees would be nice, the battery door is a bit naff and the mount is a tad bit "snap-like".

The Canon 420 and 550 were just simply to expensive when put along side the Sigma (as per usual). The Sigma has as many offerings, it tends to have a low build factor in this forum review but I can have to admit, I like it. The plastic is a bit softer than the Canon and gosh its not as pretty but it serves it purpose.

I've knocked this flash about. A good bit to be honest. Its with standing everything I throw at it so the build is good enough for the rough work.

The battery door does the job but I'm afraid that if I'm out in the field and I rush to get that shot I might just pop the door off in a panic.

The tilit should have 45degrees but you can pop it at that angle and it'll hold, but just. There is no locking position at 45. But the rest will suffice.

The mount is a bit weak looking but perhaps I'm just over analysing.

The flash has a decent/simple and easily understood LCD at the rear.

My advice. If you are not drowning in money and would like to get a flash as good as the Canon 550, get the Sigma 500 and have some extra cash for that lens you always wanted.

Sigma 80-400mm F4.5-5.6 EX OS APO

Review Date: Jun 4, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $980.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: PRICE PRICE PRICE! Colour, Hood, Balance, Ring zoom (not a sucker), EX glass is good, Solid feel :)
The paint/covering tends to peal. Heavy but you get used to it. Focus suppose.

Many things have been mentioned so far about this lens so I'll stick to the bullet format.

The good
> Price: It was WAY cheaper than the Canon
> Colour: Its not a "Hello, I'm over here" colour.
> Hood: It includes one like every good lens should.
> Balance: Its heavy but its all tipping at the right ends.
> Ring zoom: It does not suck any dust in. Like its geared, fast.
> EX Glass: Have to say, used a range of lenses. This EX glass does make a difference.
> Solid: Like a Russian tank. Its simply tough!

The bad
> Paint: It peals. Be gentle and bag it each time. I've had to treat the surface of part of my lens to retain it's "looks".
> Weight: Its heavy. If you have a bad left arm/hand then get a small, lighter lens. 200mm of less. This is a meaty lens but I loved it after a few shoots and I miss the weight now when I have a smaller lens on.
> Focus: It does hunt. But you always need to be ready if you ask me. The focus can take a second to get there but its all worth it IMO. The ring focus allows you to force the focus to the other end with speed.

Summary: I love this lens. Go get it, save the bobs for more lenses and yes, the Canon is good to but you have to ask yourself, is it worth the extra bobs? Many people have even said that the Sigma is better. I'm not sure, they are about the same IMO. For me, it was down to the bobs. Enjoy.