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Old Sep 15, 2004, 4:44 PM   #1
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Last week I bought an EOS 300D complete with EFS 18-55mm lens.

I am looking for a second lens and have narrowed it down the Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM and the Sigma 55-200mm f/4-5.6 DC CAF.

Which of these would you recommend. I am tempted to go for the Canon, but I haven't seen reviews of either.

I can't even split them on price as I can get either for £100.

Any help will be appreciated.
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Old Sep 15, 2004, 5:07 PM   #2
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While I haven't any experience with either, I notice that the Canon is USM while the Sigma is not HSM (Sigma's equivalent to USM). I think USM is a definite bonus feature (quieter, faster AF).

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Old Sep 16, 2004, 9:42 AM   #3
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The other benefit of USM (or HSM) is full-time manual overide...

Is there a focus ring on the EF 55-200?
I can't tell if the front element is spining either which could be a potential problem with polarizer
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Old Sep 17, 2004, 5:10 PM   #4
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I have the Canon 55-200 USM and am very happy with it, especially given its price.

Photos are sharp, colors are good and the lens is light. The lens focuses quickly and quietly but you can focus manually if you wish--there is no focus ring, the lens itself rotates.

A good lens for the money.
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