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Sigma 20mm f/1.8 EX DG Aspherical RF

Review Date: Sep 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Solid feel. Fast prime.
Not a FL I find very useful on a crop camera.

I used a borrowed copy of this lens for a few hundred shots.
I was pleased with the results of my landscape shots.
I found the close focusing capability to be the most interesting aspect of this lens. Stopped down, you can do a lot with the foreground. Wide open and up close, it can be used for a very pleasing narrow dof near macro.

Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-5.6 DC

Review Date: Sep 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $250.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Price, range, versatility.
Focus speed.

Good value for the money. Capable of some really excellent results within its limitations.
I shot a lot of close ups with a Nikon 6T attached. Great results.
I disagree that this lens cannot produce larger prints. I've printed and sold 11x14s that customers were very happy with.

Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM

Review Date: Sep 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Reasonably fast and sure to focus. Sharpest 300mm at this price range.
Tiny manual focus ring.

I went back and forth, looking for something long at a reasonable (cheap) price. I tried the Sigma 70-300 APO super macro II. I liked the images from it, but it was too slow to focus.
I tried the Canon 70-300 and found nothing postitive about it at all.
I picked up this lens used and am reasonably happy with it.
For $270 new, you can't beat it.
It should be a constant f4 w/IS and a UD element or two...but then it would cost $1k or more.

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Sep 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $585.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: 10mm! Nice size and weight. Very easy to hand hold at slow shutter speeds. This helps stop it down for max DOF. Fast and silent focus.
List price. No hood included! Dang Canon! Include the $4 piece of plastic with your $600+ lens! A soft case wouldn't kill you either....

I got mine at the Dell bargain price of $580. I planned to use it on a vacation and sell it when I returned. Famous last words!
I can't let go of this lens.
To be honest, it's the 10mm aspect that I'm so in love with. If I get a chance to test a Sigma 10-20 and find it adequate, I'll sell this one to recoup the difference in price.

I've not tried this lens wide open, that's not what I bought it for. I stop it down to f/20 or so and make use of the foreground.

Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

Review Date: Sep 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $370.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Size, weight, sharpness, price. Reasonably quick focus. Delivers nice sharp images at a great size/price.
I appreciate the included hood, but it's a bit fidgetty to get on and off. I've had the same problem with various Canon hoods though.

I've gotten excellent results with this lens.
It's my first Tamron. I bought it as an upgrade to my Sigma 18-125. I loved my Sigma, but there were too many compromises involved in delivering that focal length range. The Tamron gives me very noticeably better image qualityand more speed in its reduced range.
Nice near macro capability that improves with a short extension tube added.
I've no doubt that the Canon 24-70L is superior. The extra 4mm of wide would be nice too. Of course, for 3 times the cost....

Tamron 28-75MM F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)

Review Date: Jun 28, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $370.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Constant f2.8. Size/weight. Included hood. Nice "pinch" lens cap. Sharp. Close focus.
24mm would be nice.

I bought this after comparing it to the Sigma 24-70. The Tamron won on ergonomics and convenience. I'm happy to say that the images have not disappointed me.
The focus is fast enough and not too loud for my taste.
I find the images adequately sharp wide open and improved by stopping down.
The close focus capability is nice.
Focus speed and accuracy and image quality are all steps up from the Sigma 18-125 I gave up. The trade off has been worth the loss of range.
I'm not a pro and I can't justify the Canon L glass equivalent. With this lens, I don't feel like I've given up all that much.