xiod's reviews

  • Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    compact, sharp, excellent price/quality, very low CA, fine geometry, very fast AF
    don't likes direct sun

    best super wideangle lens for cropped sensors, much better than tamron\tokina, has HSM suitable for Nikon D40\40X\60, great usability, nice EX look (as for me =)
    not expected this wideangle lens to be so sharp

    reviewed January 23rd, 2009 (purchased for $430)
  • Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    aperture, 30mm for crop, solid, fast AF, sharpness, CA, nice blend, really pleasant bokeh rendition
    EX matte finishing starts to fly away

    must have lens for cropped sensor
    excellent resolution starting from f1.4
    have got a moire over the hair with portrait shots on f1.4 - f2.0 (resolution of lens outperformed resolution of camera), in f4.0..f11.0 as sharp as blade, very nice bokeh rendition - soft and sweet, nothing like classical 50\1.8 "gears" and "circles"
    great cobination of focal range and aperture - fully replaced even my very first kit lens, great for portrait shots, has a little barrel distorsion negligible for real shots and easy to fix if neccessary

    p.s. a lot of people speaking about sigma quality variation, my own is 1st sample with no extra choice

    recommend a lot!

    reviewed January 23rd, 2009 (purchased for $360)