Dennis Fallon , Jul 25, 2006; 03:22 p.m.
I really liked that lens ... for a while, they used to go for $169 used ... haven't seen many lately; KEH had a couple manual focus for Maxxum models which always seemed strange - never new Sigma made MF for maxxum ! Anyway, nice, sharp, built like a tank. Permanent shade protects it well, but prevents use of rectangular (GND) filters. Manual focus ring is narrow & a minor nuisance to use between the cutouts in the petal shade. Prone to flare when shooting verticals due to cutouts in shade. I would still be using mine today, except I dropped it from 4-5 feet onto a hard wood floor and something plastic (bearings ?) inside broke causing the focus ring not to turn right. Didn't test for alignment problems; gave it to someone to repair as a pet project :) Next step up, IMO, would be the Tamron 20-40.