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09-16-2007, 01:41 PM   #1
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Sigma long lens?

I currently am looking into purchasing a lens with more reach.
I have a number of lens but max at the moment is 300mm. I do have 1.4x and
2x TC's.
Naturally am very moved toward the Bigma. However, on cost basis, can you advise how the 170-500 compares.
I dont really need the full range of the Bigma so I wonder if the additional cost is worth it.
Would I be sacrificing quality if I purchased the 170-500 instead.
Got to keep the household treasurer happy, after all.

09-17-2007, 06:39 AM   #2
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Bigma is far better @ 500mm than the 170-500 basing on what I have read . But I would still suggest you the Sigma 100-300 f4 EX, if 500mm isn't that important.100-300 is a supersharp lens, even with 1.4x attached.
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I agree that the Sigma 100-300 F4 is a great option, if you can find it. When I was in the market for a lens of this length not only could I not find it in stock anywhere, but none of the stores I contacted to guarantee they could actually get it fo rme.

What I did buy was the Sigma 135-400 4.5/5.6 which for my use, wildlife, sports has worked out very well.
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Thanks!

Appreciate your comments. I most certainly will do some checking into the 100-300. Sounds like there is real quality and value there.


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Bah.. Don't even waste your time. Go for the Super Bigma! PMA - The new 14kg Sigma super-BIGMA 200-500 f/2.8 - Digital Photography Now
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Weeeeeell??

Hey Tom, that may be fine, but I am just wondering if I can afford the wheelbarrow to go with it
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You'd need a sherpa or pack mule! HAHA!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tom M Quote
Eeeeks! Can the 500/2.8 not be done a little smaller? How to hike with this thing in your backpack?
And how much will it cost? Two houses and a race horse, i guess.

No. That's not interesting for me.

edit: OF COURSE IT IS INTERESTING! MAN, I WISH I HAD A MULE!

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I got the 170-500 last March. I am very happy with it and love the reach. I have seen shots from the Bigma, and they do look better. But it came down to the price for me. I haven't had a chance to use it on my K10D yet (just got it a few weeks ago.) I am taking a weeks vacation next week, and weather permitting, hope to get lots of clicks on the K10D.
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thanks!

Thanks a lot guys for all your informative replies, yes even the recommendation to buy the 'bazooka' with a free mule as an extra.
I will be doing some looking around at prices and also, doing a lot to impress the household Treasurer (wife), but I think I can win on that score.
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As a negotiation technique, you may start with a very expensive lens. For instance the 200-500mm AF/2.8. Then, if your wife tells you she'll break up, you can propose to save your mariage and get the Bigma. That's about -- what would the mule cost? -- 10.000$ of savings! Your Treasurer will love it, love you, and you can have your Bigma, and you'll live happily together forever after.

How's that?

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Have you considered the Sigma 300mm f2.8? The Pentax mount version is back in stock at B&H (at least it was earlier today). I believe that it takes both the 1.4 and 2X converters well.
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Hey Syd, i think you may have something there.:
I should employ you as my negotiator, (or something along those lines.)
No worries really she is fairly encouraging when it comes to my photography.
Provided I am spending on the upkeep of the house etc at the same times.
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Thanks, Hawaiian, really you are not far off the mark, because I was looking at Prime as an option.
I will most certainly check that one out
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