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07-19-2010, 09:09 PM   #1
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Sigma 55-300mm or Pentax 55-300mm ?

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Next week I am getting Pentax kx white and i need only tele lens also so i am thinking which one to choose from Sigma 70-300mm APO or PENTAX 55-300MM
My Requirements:
--> Good IQ
--> Portraits
--> birds
---> Macro
Since Sigma has got Macro capabilities i am leaning more towards it but Pentax one is little Lighter compared to sigma. i have not seen much of Macro pictures so it will helpfull if any one post some Macro pics of Both the lens.

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I assume that you meant the Sigma 70-300mm APO: Sigma AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG macro - Review / Test Report.
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I assume that you meant the Sigma 70-300mm APO: Sigma AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG macro - Review / Test Report.
Oops sorry. Yes its the 70-300mm which you have mentioned.
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I am very pleased with the Sigma. probably the photozone guy got a bad copy or I have a very good one.

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I went with the k-x twin lens kit that has the 55-300 lens and so far am very happy with the results it can produce.
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I have both lenses. The Pentax is not a macro lens and does not focus very close (about 1.4 metres). The Sigma is a very good lens, Having said that the Pentax is streets ahead of the Sigma in all other respects.
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I have both lenses. The Pentax is not a macro lens and does not focus very close (about 1.4 metres). The Sigma is a very good lens, Having said that the Pentax is streets ahead of the Sigma in all other respects.
hi baldrick,
so do u think i should go for twin kitlens and get some raynox later for macro photos?

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5 or 10 other threads about the the 55-300 are currently going. Get that one.

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55-300 is not a macro but does focus pretty close.

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55-300 is not a macro but does focus pretty close.
Wow thanks i will go for 55-300 then
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You will get FAR better macro from the DA55-300 with a slim, clip-on Raynox150 for $35 than anything other than a real dedicated macro lens (Sigma 105/2.8 macro, Tamron 80/2.8 macro, etc.) plus the 55-300 (as you see from the replies) is highly regarded as a consumer class 300mm zoom.
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QuoteOriginally posted by imtheguy Quote
You will get FAR better macro from the DA55-300 with a slim, clip-on Raynox150 for $35 than anything other than a real dedicated macro lens (Sigma 105/2.8 macro, Tamron 80/2.8 macro, etc.) plus the 55-300 (as you see from the replies) is highly regarded as a consumer class 300mm zoom.
I am curious of some pics, if possible
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Kytra....I'm happy you reread my post and updated your response. A sample coming up, none online at the moment. I will just edit this post in a few minutes with a sample.

EDIT - Taken shortly after I got my first real camera and actually one of the first shots in the field with the Raynox. If it had not been in my pocket the Black Widow inside a cinder block would have gone unphotographed that day. This was also before I understood how much to stop down to get a little DOF. Knowing what I do know, i could get a much deeper and bigger shot but I was very happy with this.

k20d, da55-300 @ 55mm, f7.1 iso400, Raynox 150


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Kytra....I'm happy you reread my post and updated your response. A sample coming up, none online at the moment. I will just edit this post in a few minutes with a sample.

EDIT - Taken shortly after I got my first real camera and actually one of the first shots in the field with the Raynox. If it had not been in my pocket the Black Widow inside a cinder block would have gone unphotographed that day. This was also before I understood how much to stop down to get a little DOF. Knowing what I do know, i could get a much deeper and bigger shot but I was very happy with this.

k20d, da55-300 @ 55mm, f7.1 iso400, Raynox 150
Thanks for sharing the pics raynox is really touching the spider here
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I have used both.
Sigma is bigger &heavier of the two.
Towards the tele end, both deteriorate a bit and loose contrast; Pentax remains somewhat better.
For most other focal lengths there is ittle difference between them. Still, Pentax always feels better.
Overall, I am pleased by the Pentax one (I have more Sigma glass which I like) and sold the Sigma.
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