Well, I bought the Sigma 17-70 f2.8 - 4 Contemporary. First a little background. I wanted a new "all around lens" for my 60d. I was all set to pull the trigger on the Canon 24-105L or the 15-85. I wasn't a big fan of spending $700 or so on the 15-85, or more on the 24-105. But- if more money meant more quality, then so be it. But what was I getting for $200+ more? I struggled with reading reviews, looking at sample pics, and taking in all I could about all theses lenses. Information constipation. I also considered the 17-55 f2.8. Will I ever buy a full frame camera? Maybe. I just bought the 60d. It is a great camera. I came from old school film to digital many years ago and have shot several Canon cameras. This one is fantastic... more on that in another post.
When I upgraded, I decided to stay with a crop camera. So, back to the lens. I have a sigma 50mm macro. Fantastic lens. This lens is no slouch. It is well made (better than most Canon lenses I have handled- I do own a "L" lens, so I am familiar. It has a nice zoom feel- more like the film lenses back in the day than some of the loose toy like zoom rings that are put on lenses now. The focus ring is good, but I would prefer a bit more dampening. The lens is sharp. I really like the color and contrast this puts out. Focus is silent, and snappy. OS works fine. I would recommend this lens. I will try to take some better examples, I just snapped these kinda quickly after work tonight. Somehow the jpeg compression / resizing has lost some the sharpness of the originals. Bear with me......
So now I have some cash left for another..... maybe the 30 f 1.4 when it is released.
Here is a close up shot- my "other hobby" is painting Military Miniatures