By AriCat

from Preston, Ct

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Review

 
4.0

PROS

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

CONS

BEST USES

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

Comments:

concerts when I am close to the stage or if I need a wider angle...slight vignetting when using wide angle


By Bruce

from Omaha Nebraska

About Me Casual Photographer

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Best for the price

 
5.0

PROS

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Consistent Output
  • Lightweight

CONS

BEST USES

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Weddings/Events

Comments:

The things I am trying to do are with an older Canon 20D,I find I am having to relearn the lessons from my film days. This is an affordable and very good lens to practice on. If I go no further, I have a good camera system, if I get better, I can always upgrade.


By pufwheat

from Northern Maine

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

Very good lens. clairety is super.

 
5.0

PROS

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

CONS

BEST USES

  • Macro Photography
  • Wildlife Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light

Comments:

Wild life action, close up flowers, meets and events. Photo of ATV, hunting and fishing trips.

 Images from pufwheat
 
one of my fishing holes 300mm lens

By Mike

from Wilmington NC

About Me Casual Photographer

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does not alway line up with canon body

 
2.0

PROS

  • Lightweight

CONS

  • Tough To Attach

BEST USES

  • Indoors/Low Light

Comments:

the lens does not always line up to camera body. at first I thought it was a one time event, now I have take it off and reattach it frequently. I would not buy it again. It is not appreciably better than the kit lens. I bought it because I thought it might be better for indoor low light photos.[...]


By George

from MIchigan

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Not the best in town

 
3.0

PROS

CONS

  • Lens Creep
  • Blurry Focus

BEST USES

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments:

Not impressed with the product. not good focus, blurry


By Phouka

from Minneapolis, MN

About Me Casual Photographer

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

Good, solid walkabout lens

 
4.0

PROS

  • Rugged
  • Sharp Focus
  • Quick Focus
  • Durable

CONS

BEST USES

  • Indoors/Low Light

Comments:

I bought this lens for indoor general use where I wanted the faster f2.8. I am a very novice photographer, but I find the lens quick, quiet, and reasonably sharp for its price range. The lens does a passing job with portraits, but if I'm planning to shoot that I switch to Canon's fast and cheap 50mm (this lens can't beat that). Bottom line is that this is an upgrade from the kit lens: If you are planning on buying a body only, and are on a budget, this would be a great general starter lens.


By TC

from San Francisco, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

Good Sigma Lens for the money

 
5.0

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Strong Construction
  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable

CONS

BEST USES

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Travel
  • Weddings/Events
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments:

It is a good fast lens for it's price range.


By KRC

from Austin, Texas

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

Good Walkaround

 
4.0

PROS

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

CONS

BEST USES

  • Indoors/Low Light

Comments:

For the price, it is a good walk-around lens. I only needed it for indoor, low-light use. My 50mm is tough to use in close corners like. This lens definitely fixed that. F2.8 wide-open only. But in tight spaces (like indoor homes, restaurants, clubs, etc.) you will need to be wide open anyways. Surprising performs very well as a portrait lens. Not as good as the Canon 50mm, but definitely a good lens if you were shooting portraits spontaneously, as most non-pros do. Performs good as a landscape snapper. But definitely does not compared to 17-40mm or 10-20mm. Colors all turn out a bit warm, but overall very nice. Please do not confuse with the MACRO EX version. This lens does not shoot macro well at all. A few cons: not built as well as the EX 10-20mm I have. But much better than any Canon (non-L) I own. Like all my other Sigmas, a bit on the heavy side. Would recommend carrying a backpack if you plan on using this as a touring, hiking, etc. lens. Beats having it around your neck all day. Also I have a problem with the cap. Very weak cap and it seems to sit right on top of the lens glass itself (less than 1mm apart). If you don't put it on exactly parallel (which most of us do not), you will make contact with the glass. Be Careful! Would recommend having a UV filter on rather than dealing with the cap. IF you are looking for a GREAT walk around lens, I'd recommend saving up for a 17-40mm. But if you are on a budget and just want something better than the kit lens, this is the lens for you. Overall a very nice budget lens. Worth the upgrade from the kit lens.



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