The general-purpose zoom lens costs about $100 more than Canon's equivalent, but Sigma thinks its image quality means the lens is worth the extra money.
Featuring the same focal length as a popular model from Canon, the new Sigma 24-105mm lens looks as though it will be a fierce competitor to the old workhorse.
The new lens, part of Sigma's high-end "art" product line, will ship in November, but its true competitiveness won't be known until Sigma reveals its price.
One of Canon's most popular lenses gets better optics, coatings, and bokeh--but costs $1,000 more and doesn't get image stabilization. New wide-angle prime lenses do get it, though.
Two new models offer Nikon shooters a flexible all-in-one or travel lens and an image-stabilized alternative to the company's midrange zooms.
Unlike its pricier f2.8 alternative, the $1,500 24-70mm f4 model can compensate for camera shake. Also new for December: an $850 image-stabilized 35mm f2 lens.
With Photokina starting next week, a midrange camera important to the fate of Canon and its SLR customers appears imminent.
Pros and enthusiasts in the US can rejoice that many of Canon's SLR lenses are a notch less pricey now. Better exchange rates might deserve some of the credit.
Displays don't get much thinner than the x2401 from Hewlett-Packard. It'll arrive in November for $249.
Take the leap: There actually are occasions when using Manual can be easier than automatic.