Sigma 28-105mm f/3.8-5.6 UC-III Aspherical IF WideTelephoto Zoom Lens for Canon EOS

Discussion in 'Canon' started by war1000, Jun 11, 2007.

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    war1000 Guest

    Hi Guys,

    First of all I am very new to this forum as well as photography. I
    just bought a Canon 350D (Body only...bought it online) after plenty
    on research on this forum. I need to get a lens for it now. My budget
    is minimal around $100 if possible.

    Would you guys recommend the Sigma 28-105mm f/3.8-5.6 UC-III
    Aspherical IF WideTelephoto Zoom Lens for Canon EOS as a starter. I
    found it cheap on Beach Camera and got interested in it. If it is not
    a good start, please direct me accordingly.

    I am still reading on the forum to learn about photography...

    Thanks a lot for reading.
    war1000, Jun 11, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    I'd suggest one of these:
    Grade Now Was
    BGN $105.00

    Go to (a reputable dealer) & navigate through the system to
    Canon autofocus fixed focal length and that's the only thing decent I
    see close to your budget, it goes for $160 new at
    You won't get zoom but you'll get MUCH better images & learn much more
    about photography and it's a 'normal' focal length suitable for
    learning. Zoom lenses are great these days but at under $100 you will be
    seriously crippling the potential of your camera.
    Paul Furman, Jun 11, 2007
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  3. Not a good lens, but for around $ 80.00 what can you expect.
    Peter A. Stavrakoglou, Jun 11, 2007
  4. compare it to the 28-105 tamron f2.8...
    bob crownfield, Jun 11, 2007
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    newsmb Guest

    An alternative would be to just get the 50mm f/1.8 until you can
    afford a better zoom.
    newsmb, Jun 11, 2007
  6. Sigma had a lot of these to get rid of, and I got one sent as a sample
    (in Minolta fit) to see if we wanted to sell them. I could not but a
    colleague took on a batch. It's surprisingly good. I now use mine fitted
    permanently on my studio DSLR, and older 6 megapixel body. The lens has
    no bad reflections or flare even when used with a white/transilluminated
    studio table to shoot products, and it is just as sharp as any other
    comparable lens designed for film. Not ideal for digital, but better
    than many alternatives.

    David Kilpatrick, Jun 11, 2007
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    JoeT Guest

    This is a good piece of advice. The cheap version (about $70?) of that lens
    (although it is not rugged) will get you some very nice portraits, The
    shallow depth of field allowed by the larger aperture makes it much easier
    to turn what would normally be just another "snapshot" into a very pleasing
    portrait using available light (no flash mode).

    JoeT, Jun 12, 2007
  8. David, a co-worker gave one to me. He bought it for his Canon without
    realizing that it was for a Sigma SA mount. Knowing I have an SD9 he passed
    it on to me. I was never impressed at all with it. I think I'll give it
    one more try. I've bought some additional lenses since then so I can do a
    decent side-by-side although I don't expect it to come close to my EX
    Peter A. Stavrakoglou, Jun 12, 2007
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    Tony Guest

    Get yourself over here for even better talk
    Tony, Jun 12, 2007
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    Phil Guest

    Anything at that price will be at the same entry-level quality. Go ahead
    and buy it then upgrade later. Buy only Canon lenses after this one.
    Phil, Jun 12, 2007
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    war1000 Guest

    Thanks a lot guys for all your input. I checked some lens databases
    and as all of you mentioned that it will be difficult to get a good
    lens at that lens and since I am just starting in photography, I am
    going to go with the kit lens for the time being and save up for a
    better lens for next a year :)....thanks a lot guys for
    all ur inputs....
    war1000, Jun 14, 2007
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