Is it just me, or is Sigma actually moving in a good direction? With their new line of HSM lenses, they seem to be shooting for a gap in the market somewhere in between affordable consumer lenses and the high-end "L's". Their flagship 24-70 HSM looks like it's going to be priced just below Canon's own 24-70. To me, this says that they're trying to separate themselves into not only an affordable alternative to Canon or Nikon lenses, but actually another high-quality alternative. It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out. Each third-party lens company has made a gem or two, but for a poor college student who's passionate about making high-quality images, it's good to see that there might be a company out there who is working towards offering a line-up of lenses which are consistantly good. Now if they could only get a handle on the QC and make sure that the individual copies are actually good. Any thoughts?
(After reading this again, it sounds like I'm either a Sigma rep or fanboy...for the record I'm neither. I'm just a photographer who probably spends too much time studying the market of camera and lens sales and production rather than just shooting )