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Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC

Review Date: Feb 11, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fast, sharp at f4, good range for 1.6x cameras, good build
slight focusing problems in dark, f2.8 isnt crystal clear but its definitely useable

I bought this lens to replace the 18-55 kit lens. I wanted something faster for the situations where I can't use a flash. I am really pleased with it for the price. It is a great lens and it's probably one of the most used lenses in my bag (mainly because of the range). The build is really sturdy- makes the kit lens look like a piece of junk. I have run into CA with this lens, but not very often. I was considering the 17-40 f4 but the main thing that made me get this lens is the f2.8 and I'm glad I got it. F2.8 on this lens is very useable... it isn't crystal clear but its not that bad. Once you hit f4 its very sharp.

I would recommend this lens for the photojournalist that needs the 2.8 for situations where a flash isnt allowed. Thats why I bought it and it serves that purpose perfectly.