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Sigma 28-70mm f2.8 EX Aspherical DF

Review Date: Jan 16, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: cheap image quality
build noisy af

This is a decent enough lens. Build and image quality not as good as the canon 28-70L but neither is the price. Image quality is not too far behind the the canon and the build feels quite solid.

The problem is its not as good as some of the other 3rd party lenses in this price bracket and zoom range, notably the Tokina at-x 287 pro sv which is a 28-70 with a constant f2.8. The tokina has better build quality whisper quite focusing and image quality is about the same but maybe a little more contrast.

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Jan 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: image stabilizer, light and cheap
zoom creep build quality image quality

its an ok lens, i think i was expecting more with the image stabilizer
but the build quality wasn't very good.
Image quality was ok but i did see some purple fringing and it tended to be quite soft at the long end. Italso struggled to focus at the short end, allthough the stabilizer worked well.It didn't last very long in my bag before it was up for sale purely because of image quality! It may work better on a cropped sensor but on my full frame ones it wasn't up to scratch.

If you can't afford some L glass then this is a good alternative,

Canon EOS Rebel XTi (400D)

Review Date: Sep 18, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: lightweight body ,image quality price
handling/controls, noise at high iso, a little soft

I bought this little camera to replace my 10d as a back up to my 5d.I was surprised to find that the image quality at low iso's were very close to the 5d. This is a marked improvement over my 10d.
The build and handling isn't as good but for 400 with a vertical grip and lens i can't complain.
I've been using it with fast primes and l glass and the images it can produce are fantastic, but , the kit lens is Unbelievably poor if you are buying one steer clear!
The jpegs it produces can be poor but i shoot raw.
Also white balance in auto is often off, but again i shoot raw so it doesn't really matter.
It would be nice if it had spot metering but if anything i'm being picky.For the price it's awesome ....Just buy some good glass.

Canon EOS 5D

Review Date: Sep 12, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Full frame sensor, large filesize.. on off button on battery grip
Vertical grip nearly same as one on 10d not very comfortable .crappy strap

Just upgraded from 10d(after a few years) and it is great....I can't see my eos 3 camera getting much action(apart from motorsport) now that i have a full frame digital.....Not a lot i can say that hasn't allready been said but, i can't see a need for a direct print button ... a camera of this spec at this price is not going to attract the kind of person that would use it.... frames per second is a little slow but i'm used to that .....It realy shows your lenses out for what they need good glass..

Overall though its a stunning camera especially when you compare it to the 1ds on price and image quality.....

Tokina 28-70mm f/2.8 AT-X 287 AF PRO SV

Review Date: Aug 15, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: A fast cheap contrasty sharp lens.Built like a tank
Built like a tank and nearly as heavy

I bought this lens second hand reading good reviews.It was to back up my canon 28 70 f2.8 l lens and has done so brilliantly..
The picture quality is fantastic allthough not quite as sharp as the canon wide open.
If you are of a slight build the weight might be a bit much but if you every find the need to beat someone to death with a blunt instrument then this lens would do the job....and probably work afterwards..
Tokina arn't realy highly thought of but with quality like this i don't know why.....i'll be trying more of their range.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Aug 15, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: light weight great colours very sharp.... and its you get the l glass Status symbol.
Only f4

Fantastic lens very sharp loads of contrast just not fast enough
I bought a sigma 70_200 fo less money and get virtually the same result but with the wider apature so its now my back up lens....
Allthough i do like the status....
Its lighter than the sigma so if you're not built like a brick outhouse like me then this lens will be won't be dissapointed allthough you will be looking at the canon 70_200 f2.8 is l lens very enviously(like me)....

Canon EF 22-55mm f/4-5.6 USM

Review Date: Aug 15, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 3 

Pros: small light cheap
vignetting poor contrast soft edges

The lens came with a second hand camera i bought i thought it would be interesting to use.I hear it was designed for the eos ix7 and the 24-85(good lens) was designed for the eos ix.
I havn't used it on a ix or ix7 but the cameras i have used it on it was poor.
On my eos 3 it was terrible.poor contrast vignetting soft around the edges...The west results i had were at f8-11 and even then it was still soft at the edges...

on my eos 10d the vignetting had gone with it having a smaller sensor but the sharpness and contrst were even worse ...
I only hope it did the job on the ix7....

Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX APO IF HSM

Review Date: Aug 15, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharp fast lens .silent acurate focusing
a little heavy allthough its an f2.8

What a lens mine was an ex display model so i got it cheap....
it was to originally back my canon 70-200 f4 l lens but it has taken over as the main one.....It is heavier than my canon but it is also faster.
I've found the sharpness excellent throughout the apature range and stunning between f4 and f 11.....

Sigma 17-35mm f2.8-4 EX Aspherical

Review Date: Aug 15, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: It was cheap(119 gbp) quite well built (not as good as l glass) and it also works on full frame cameras....
Its soft at f2.8 but i shoot mainly weddings and the odd alnscape when i go walking, so its no big deal to me

I read the reviews here and thought it was sigmas usual quality control problems .....
My lens seems fine quiet motor fast acurate focusing (eos 3)
and it feels sturdy....
I got it for a pitance with the new dg version out so i thought i'd give it a try.....
Like everyone else i've found it's very soft at f 2.8 but i only need the large apature for my wedding work soft the softness helps there anyway...f5.6 and above and its very sharp a lovely lense...
I've stopped taking my l glass walking with me now as the wide angles shots are virtually indistinguishable from the sigma.....

I must admit though i seem to lose some contrast when used with my eos 5d but i might invest in the dg version considering the results achieved off this one...