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  1. #41
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    Well the Canon gets decent reviews. It's not as fast as the Sigma but it has USM and seems to perform well. Don't put too much faith in online reviews and forums.
    5D MK III, 50D, ELAN 7E, 17-40mm 4, Sigma 10mm 2.8 fisheye, 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS, 30mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 580 EX, 430 EX speedlight, Pocket wizard flex and mini.
    Canon G10

    Pentax P30, 50mm 2.0

  2. #42
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    I bought the 17-55 as my first lens for my dSLR lens and couldn't have been happier with it. It doesn't make me a better photographer but it does let me take shots I wouldn't dream about without a prime lens.
    A prime is always a prime as long as its only divisors are 1 and itself.

    Gear: Rebel XTI + Opteka Battery Grip | Canon 17-55 f/2.8 + Chinese Lense Hood | Canon 10-22 3.5-4.5 | 430EX | Lowepro Slingshot 200AW | LaCrosse BC-900 Battery Charger | Digipower card reader with Mood Light
    Elan IIe + crap lenses

  3. #43
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    Quote Originally Posted by fractalgfx View Post
    I bought the 17-55 as my first lens for my dSLR lens and couldn't have been happier with it. It doesn't make me a better photographer but it does let me take shots I wouldn't dream about without a prime lens.
    17-55 is not a prime lens.
    "Prime" lenses are the ones that have a fixed focal lenght, for example 30 mm, 50 mm or 200 mm, etc.
    So...a "Prime" is not always that prime...it can suck too

  4. #44
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    Quote Originally Posted by koti View Post
    Im looking for a very fast lens that will give me aproximately 50mm view angle on my x1.6 crop 40D. The Sigma looks like something Id exactly need but Im just weighing my choices here...some reviews say realy bad things about that Sigma 30 f/1.4
    From what I have read their may be a QC issue with this lens in terms of the AF. I usually buy my lenses used on FM or POTN, but if I bought the Sigma 30 I think I would buy it new from somewhere I could try it for a few days and returrn it if I had a problem, like Amazon or B&H.


    Check out the comparison tests between the Sigma and several Canon primes, including the 28 f/1.8, 35 f/2 and the 35L.

    http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/lenstests

    Here is the Sigma vs the 35L....the Sigma looks amazing for the money....
    http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/30v35_2nd
    Michael B.
    Canon 5D2, 550D, Sony NEX 5N, Sigma 15mm fish, 24L mkI, 35L, 40mm f/2.8, 50 1.8 II, Sigma 50 1.4, Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro, 60mm macro, 100mm f/2, 70-200 f/4, 200 f/2.8 mk I, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, 430EX. Growing list of MF lenses!

  5. #45
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    Quote Originally Posted by koti View Post
    17-55 is not a prime lens.
    "Prime" lenses are the ones that have a fixed focal lenght, for example 30 mm, 50 mm or 200 mm, etc.
    So...a "Prime" is not always that prime...it can suck too
    In your original post you asked for opinions on the 17-55. If you wanted my opinion on prime lenses you should have asked about prime lenses.

    A prime is always a prime as long as its only divisors are 1 and itself.
    A prime is always a prime as long as its only divisors are 1 and itself.

    Gear: Rebel XTI + Opteka Battery Grip | Canon 17-55 f/2.8 + Chinese Lense Hood | Canon 10-22 3.5-4.5 | 430EX | Lowepro Slingshot 200AW | LaCrosse BC-900 Battery Charger | Digipower card reader with Mood Light
    Elan IIe + crap lenses

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