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

Review Date: Apr 1, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $250.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Pretty good IQ, build quality
heavy for size

Not a bad lens but nothing spectacular. I have a Nikon 18-105 kit lens and expected this lens to be far sharper but was disapointed in this respect. I have found that my little 18-105 can take much sharper shots than I expected, even in low light. The only reason that I purchased this is because I also occasionally shoot with my 35mm and the 18-105 is a DX. The image quality is inconsistant. One shot will be excellent and the next just okay. I have found that to get the most of it I need to shoot around f6-f8 so what is the point of getting the heavy lens. It is certainly not a bad lens but I have a hard time getting excited about the photos it takes. I guess that I'm damning it with faint praise but it is not as good as a Nikon or Cannon lense. If you want a good, fast lense at a bargain basement price this is a good one. Just don't expect it to shoot like a Nikkor lense.

Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR AF-S

Review Date: Apr 1, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $572.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Much sharper than expected, fast, accurate focus
A little slow in low light conditions

I use this lens on a D90 so maybe the format helps but I have found that the image, if I do my part, is always tack sharp. Wide open it is not bad but I try to shoot a couple of stops down use shutter speed to compensate. This works very well.

This lens has taken some truly excellent shots and it is a great value. I don't think it is quite as sharp as a 70-200 but it is also 1/3 the price. Buy it you'll like it.