Date Joined: 11/09/05
Pros: Incredible Optics for the Money!
Overall Review: This is one of those hidden Gems in the Photography world. Like the Nifty Fifty and Canon 18-50mm IS, the Sigma 50-200 OS is a great surprise in a budget market lens.
Good build, Metal mount, much better than the plastic mounts by Canon fort entry users.
Metal mount and solid build, this little lens is light and easy to carry on trips or all day hiking. I have "L" lenses that don't offer this optical quality. Sure it isn't weather sealed, but some Canon L lenses are not.
The problem with SIgma is quality control, but I haven't heard many problems with lens. I've had mine over a year and it performs perfectly.
Great lens when coupled with a wider lens, such as the lightweight 18-50mm IS, but only the IS model has the great optics. Cheap plastic lens, but great optics,
the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8, Canon 15-85mm (too expensive for a APSC lens, IMHO), or I use it with the
Canon 17-40mm L which is pricey, but worth it, great optics and build.
Pros: Mac Compatible, Fast
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: I have this chip matched with another Corsair 4GB and it is
incredibly fast in the New Quad i7 Mini. Easy Install and with
the great deal here on newegg, you can get look around and get 12GB for under $150, or 16GB for $250. I put the other
$100 toward the Sandisk 120GB SSD which I got for $140
I have been running dual monitors, one a 27", using 3 major photo processing softwares simultaneously, and have
Google Chrome open. So far, very Stable and makes
the Quad i7 get up and RUN.
Great Ram if it's compatible with your System/Hardware.
For those who don't know the Quad i7 Mac Mini recognizes and uses up to 16GB RAM, not just the 8GB that Apple advertises. OWC tested this first and thankfully, it's true.
If RAM keeps going down in Price I'll upgrade soon.
I couldn't find the single channel 8GB anywhere else for this
GOOD JOB, NEWEGG
Pros: Inexpensive (comparatively), Sandisk, 120GB
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Installed this in my mid 2011 Mac Mini by pulling the secondary 500GB stock drive. Using it for Lightroom 3 Cache
and temporary Processed Images with Presets File. Very Fast Drive. I move my images to 2TB drives after processing, so no
problem with the small drive.
Of course, for speed I also am running 12GB of Ram in my Mac Mini (Yes, the new Quad i7 Mac Mini can take up to 16GB of Ram) and with this SSD this little Monster just
This is not an easy SSD install if you are doing what I did, but if you are pretty Techie and you can follow instructions
at ifixit then you can do this. It's worth it, especially for Photographers using multiple Softwares for single image processing. At this time, A**zon has this drive for $140,
Pros: Great light weight zoom with IS. Can be Sharp for the money and build.
Great for your back if you hike as I do.
Cons: Not comparable to the Sony 70-300G which is plastic as well, but excellent optics and SHARP, but... I learned something as I jumped
the Sony "ship" to Canon; compare, compare, compare.*
AF can hunt, ALOT, image quality varies depending on the copy
Overall Review: There can be huge differences of optical quality in the same model lens and cameras.
I know this from personal experience. I tried 3 different Canon 7Ds before settling on the best of the three. I did the same with this lens and found the differences to be amazing.
I set up my tripod, found the sweet spot in each lens and shot up and down the ranges, then loaded them and pixel peeped them and got the best copy that I could.
No it's still no C 100-400L, which I own, but it's lighter and travels easier AND it's not white which sticks out like a sore thump depending on what and where you are shooting.
Make certain you buy from a reputable establishment so you CAN return/compare. I bought from several different shops, compared and returned the culls.
Put it on a tripod, find a target image and shoot up and down the zoom and f range until you find the sweet spot then you'll know your lens limitations. It's that easy and it works like that on every lens. Use a remote shutter rele
Pros: It was a great price and the quality is good!
Cons: None at this time.
Overall Review: It was a steal of a deal when I purchased it and a big improvement over my 12" ibook monitor. I like the fact that there are some actual adjustments on the unit and it is very portable. I plan on taking it back and forth between my house and backyard studio. A larger monitor would be nice,but for the price it is quite acceptable. NO DEAD PIXELS out of the box.
Pros: Works so Far!
Overall Review: Maxed out the RAM as soon as I ordered the Macbook and the Ram arrived before my Mac. Powered up the Mac then shut it down and installed the Ram. Worked flawlessly and has for the past few weeks. Great Ram and I like the Kingston reputation, though I have bought C*****l in the past. Awesome price at the time of purchase!