By A.L

from Ny, NY

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Well worth it!!

 
4.0

PROS

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Strong Construction

CONS

BEST USES

  • Sports/Action
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Macro Photography

Comments:

The lens is very durable, sturdy, and a little heavy. But the lens is great. The packaging even comes with a lens hood. Good use of [$]!


By Tony the Tiger

from Toronto, Canada

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

Superior quality with super price

 
5.0

PROS

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction
  • Durable
  • Consistent Output

CONS

  • Poor in Low Light

BEST USES

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments:

Moderate weight for solid feels with Xsi body. HSM makes focusing superior fast and quiet in normal light but not in dim condition. Color and sharpness are better than expected.

 Images from Tony the Tiger
 
Easy outdoor shot
Indoor shot, color is vivid and beautiful

By jedmitchell

from Northampton, MA

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Not great for video

 
4.0

PROS

  • Durable
  • Consistent Output
  • Nice Bokeh

CONS

  • Slow Focus
  • Poor in Low Light

BEST USES

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Macro Photography
  • Weddings/Events

Comments:

This IS a good lens, especially in the price range, but I would recommend that video professionals looking for a cheap wide-zoom stay away from it. It vies for image quality at wide open with the Tamron 17-50 f2.8, but it focuses slower and has real trouble in low light and backlight (both at finding focus and at preserving accurate color). The real killer is the variable maximum aperture. This is advertised right in the product name so it's not a surprise, but those looking to shoot video on their DSLR should be aware that zooms will *not* come out smoothly -- the light pops which occur as the lens extends and stops down are more noticeable than on other lenses I've used for video and the mechanical noise produced will probably make it onto your audio track if you're shooting a quiet scene. It's a good lens overall, but hardly great. Unless you *really* need those extra 20mm I'd recommend people buy the Tamron instead, despite its more "plasticy" build quality.


By G Daddy

from Jacksonville, FL

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Nice balance of price and performance

 
4.0

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Fast
  • Strong Construction
  • Sharp

CONS

  • Slow Focus

BEST USES

  • Macro Photography
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography

Comments:

This is a very nice lens. I leave this lens on my cameras almost all the time for everyday shooting. The autofocus is a little slow, but the results are very good. The optical stabilization works well. This is a great lens for the price.

 Images from G Daddy
 
Downtown Jacksonville, FL - Handheld 1/6 sec f3.5

By johnbachel

from Albany, NY

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

Excellent Image Stabilized Zoom Lens

 
5.0

PROS

  • Sharp at all focal length

CONS

BEST USES

Comments:

Great lens for the money - focuses accurately and quickly. Image stabilization works well.


By Scooby24

from Overland Park, KS

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

Not what I was expecting

 
3.0

PROS

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

CONS

  • Heavy
  • Slow Focus

BEST USES

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Macro Photography
  • Weddings/Events

Comments:

I was initially very impressed with the size and build quality of this lens. It just felt very stable. The more I used it, however, the less impressed I was. I found it hunting for focus too much and was slower to lock onto an object than my kit lens. It was quiet, but in low light conditions, especially, it just wouldn't autofocus in time for me to catch the shot I was after. I later did side by side shots with the same f-stop, subject, lighting, settings, etc with the kit lens. I don't know if I got a soft copy or what, but the kit lens was sharper in most scenarios. The Sigma was also front focusing a hair. The macro ability of the lens was awesome and it was quiet and just felt stable....but ultimately I returned it because it just didn't have the image quality I was expecting and it was hunting for focus enough that I couldn't justify the price tag over the kit lens. I think I'll just look for a good prime.


By T.R.

from Festus Mo.

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Great lens for the money

 
5.0

PROS

  • Rugged
  • Consistent Output
  • Strong Construction
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

CONS

BEST USES

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments:

Sharp and very bright lens, fast and very accurate focus.


By Jason

from Albany, NY

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

Very good value

 
4.0

PROS

  • Strong Construction
  • Durable
  • Rugged
  • Quick Focus
  • Consistent Output
  • Sharp Focus

CONS

BEST USES

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Macro Photography

Comments:

This lens is very quick to focus, and the focus is also very accurate. The OS system is excellent at keeping camera shake from wrecking your photos. The lens produces nice sharp photos with excellent color rendition. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this lens.


By newfun

from Rochester, NY

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Features great but fatal flaw

 
3.0

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Strong Construction
  • Rugged

CONS

BEST USES

  • Travel
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Portraits

Comments:

Now it is in the shop. Hopefully the problem can be corrected. If so, it can be a nice beginner's versatile lens.


By Jerry Cable

from Hanson Ky

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Nice Lens but not up to canon

 
2.0

PROS

  • OK for what I paid

CONS

  • Focus is not stable

BEST USES

  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments:

The Lens makes good Pic's but the focus is continuous working, even after you lay your camera down it will ratchet the focus. Focus is noisy. The stabilizer, I finaly turn it off. When you use stabilizer after you hold your shutter half way down for a second it starts searching and making round moves.


By Jeff

from Feasterville, PA

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

Awesome Lens!!

 
4.0

PROS

  • Durable
  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Strong Construction
  • Rugged
  • Sharp Focus
  • Quick Focus

CONS

BEST USES

  • Portraits
  • Travel
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Wildlife Photos
  • Night Photography
  • Sports/Action
  • Weddings/Events

Comments:

Was very impressed with the quality of the images. A great value!

 Images from Jeff
 
Shot with Sigma 17-70mm 2.8-4 DC


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