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10-24-2010, 12:04 AM   #16
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The DA*55 is the last lens the guy in my avatar designed for Pentax

In the end it all comes down to one's preferences (brand, resale value, the story behind it; yes I also bought it because of the story connected to the lens).

10-24-2010, 03:36 PM   #17
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Sigma is rated 9.67 with 6 reviews here.

I appreciate your opinions. Anyone else that's used both?
Rory,
The Pentaxforums.com user reviews are for the Sigma 50mm F1,4 EX DG, not for the HSM newer version.
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Rory,
The Pentaxforums.com user reviews are for the Sigma 50mm F1,4 EX DG, not for the HSM newer version.
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They didn't make one w/o HSM. There is only one version. In fact, in many of the reviews, the HSM is mentioned as superior to SDM.

IIRC, the only lenses re-done by Sigma previously without HSM were zooms.
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Nokton 58mm f/1.4
...which has been discontinued...

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...which has been discontinued...

Yeah, I already own it. I'd rather not dump it since they won't throw anymore Pentax mounts on them; however, it doesn't get used much. It's great for perfect focus, since it has a fairly long throw; however, it's tough to catch musicians in focus with it. A fast AF lens would be great.
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Yeah, I already own it. I'd rather not dump it since they won't throw anymore Pentax mounts on them; however, it doesn't get used much. It's great for perfect focus, since it has a fairly long throw; however, it's tough to catch musicians in focus with it. A fast AF lens would be great.

I wish pentax would release a 50mm f/1.2 limited - it would probably be hideously expensive and it would be a toss up whether our cameras could focus it accurately. My 1DsMKIII has issues focusing the canon 50mm f/1.2L . I'm just using a 50mm f/1.4 for the bulk of my work and sparing the 50L for special stuff, because the focus shift and the purple fringing from the canon 50L lens were atrocious. Strangely the pentax SMCP-K 50mm f/1.2 has much less PF than the canon L lens, especially at f/1.2 which was a pleasant surprise.
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I wish pentax would release a 50mm f/1.2 limited - it would probably be hideously expensive and it would be a toss up whether our cameras could focus it accurately. My 1DsMKIII has issues focusing the canon 50mm f/1.2L . I'm just using a 50mm f/1.4 for the bulk of my work and sparing the 50L for special stuff, because the focus shift and the purple fringing from the canon 50L lens were atrocious. Strangely the pentax SMCP-K 50mm f/1.2 has much less PF than the canon L lens, especially at f/1.2 which was a pleasant surprise.
Your collection of gear disgusts me. And by "disgust", I mean "makes me envious". I need to start playing the lottery here.

A 1.2 Limited 50 would be amazing. Unfortunately I think Pentax feels they've filled the "portrait on crop" gap with the DA*55.
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Your collection of gear disgusts me
just wait until my Leica-M Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 ASPH arrives.

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That's ok. I'll just continue to rummage in the swap meet bargin bin for Sigmas and Pentax 50s.
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I have the sigma and it is great, sharp, quick to focus, and quiet. My only gripe is that it is really heavy for a prime and a bit long indoors.
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Long as in focal length? Any sample photos?
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Long as in focal length? Any sample photos?
I have the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 and use it on my K-7 most of the time. I tried the DA* 55mm and was going to buy it until I used the Sigma. AF on the Sigma is faster and quieter. From f/1.4-f/2.8 the Sigma is sharper and at f/4 I could not tell any difference between the two. At f/5.6 the Pentax DA* 55mm wins. Most of my work is done at f/2 through f/4 and the Sigma was a better lens for what I need.

Now I am waiting for the Sigma 85mm f/1.4.
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Most of my work is done at f/2 through f/4
you should try the Pentax SMCP-A 50mm f/1.2 it would certainly give the sigma a run for it's money.
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Perhaps I should just buy the Sigma, and do some controlled tri-pod shots in different conditions. I think the hardest part would be trying to figure out how to compare the Voigtlander with it's slightly longer focal length.
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I think I'm siding towards the Sigma, the last questions I have are with lens flare. Anyone have any experiences with either? Pentax seems to usually be better, but I've read Sigma went to lengths to minimize flare and ghosting on this one.
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