Got What I Paid For
The lens balances nicely with my D700 and focuses well. In a line-up that includes the Nikkor 14-24 & 24-70, this is the weak link. Pictures taken with it aren't in the same league for edge to edge sharpness. Luckily, I rarely need to use it.
It's unfair to compare a $700 lens to the Nikon equivalent which now runs $2100-2400. The updated Sigma is also likely much better. As of 2010, the third party alternative was a Tamron which got excellent reviews for its optics but poor reviews for its focusing. With new models from both Sigma and Tamron, I'm sure one can do much better these days.
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