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08-28-2007, 03:17 PM   #1
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Anyone in Orlando that I can "rent" a Sigma DC 10-20 f/4-5.6 from mid-September?

I'm a cheapskate and don't want to drop $450 on a Sigma DC 10-20 f/4-5.6.

But my Alma Mater's first game (versus Texas) in their new home, Brighthouse Stadium in Orlando, happens on September 15th, and I'd like to get a nice, non-distorted 100 degree FOV corner shot from the upper-decks. I have a DA 16-45 f/4, but that doesn't compare. I have a Zenitar FE 16 f/2.8 (manual), but after using the DA 16-45 f/4, I really can't stand the distortion difference.

So does anyone near Orlando have a Sigma DC 10-20 f/4-5.6 for Pentax that they'd let me "rent" from them in mid-September? Figured it could not hurt to ask and thanx in advance regardless!

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Bryan, if you have a good reputation with your local camera store they might let you demo one for a couple of days.

I know that I was able to, and it's looking like I'll be able to demo a Sigma camera soon as well

I'm looking forward to seeing what game photographs look like when taken through a fisheye.
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I'm Joe photo noob with a K100D. No one knows me.
I also heard Florida is a poor place to find Pentax rental equipment.
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That's too bad.

If I live anywhere near any member that I trust I never hesitate lending out a lens if I don't need it.

The favor usually goes both ways as well.

Lots of luck

08-30-2007, 09:28 AM   #5
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That's too bad. If I live anywhere near any member that I trust I never hesitate lending out a lens if I don't need it. The favor usually goes both ways as well.
Well, I'd pay for the rental -- $50 for a week or two, upfront.
I'd be willing to leave a couple hundred dollar check as deposit, or even cash if necessary.

I'm currently working in Pittsburgh, PA.
I'm driving down to Raleigh, NC for the UCF @ NC State game this very weekend.

So if anyone lives in ...
- south/west Pennsylvania
- western Maryland
- West Virginia
- western Virginia
- eastern Tennessee, or
- North Carolina
And has this lens, and wouldn't mind parting with it for the next 2-3weeks (first half of September), I'd pay $50.

Otherwise, if anyone was willing to mail it insured, I'd pay $50 + the cost of shipping+insurance (rounded up to the nearest $10).
I'll ship it back by September 22nd.

Lastly, although I can't guarantee you'll get something "professional," for those of you professionals,
I'll give you full rights to the pictures I take for sale for letting me borrow the lens.
I know there is an official photographer for the grand opening, and they are selling 24"x36" alleged "pananoramic" shots for $100-150.
In all honesty, their "example" (the C-USA Championship in 2005) rather sucks in FOV, it looked only about 24mm equivalent (sub-90 degrees).

So I'm hoping I can get something better with the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 on even my little'ole K100D.
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have you considered this lens...

The DA 12-24? Not enough FOV?

Just curious...
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The DA 12-24? Not enough FOV?
Just curious...
I'm open to the DA 12-24 as well.
I know it costs a bit more than the Sigma DC EX 10-20.
But I'm completely open to 12mm.
I think I preferred the Sigma 10-20 because of CA issues with the DA 12-24.
At least according to PhotoZone.DE.

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I've only used mine for landscape, and I've not seen any CA in the high contrast areas. Perhaps it was a less than good copy, but I am not sure...

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I've only used mine for landscape, and I've not seen any CA in the high contrast areas. Perhaps it was a less than good copy, but I am not sure...
I'd be lucky to get either the DA 12-24 or Sigma 10-20.
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