Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
11-12-2010, 09:29 PM   #16
Site Supporter
NeverSatisfied's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: S.E. Michigan
Posts: 666
QuoteOriginally posted by soppy Quote
My goal is to cover 24-200 with constant 1:2.8 between 2 lenses.
I can appreciate your goal, but if you want to stick with Pentax lenses I think the best you can do is the DA*16-50, plus the DA*50-135...and then if you still want the 200 FL you'd need the DA*200. However, I do think you'd get a heck of a lot of use and versatility out of those two zooms, and depending on what you shoot the 135mm end might not be that limiting.

That being said, yesterday a buddy at work brought in his "entire collection" of Canon equipment: a 40D, a 24-70 zoom, and a 70-200 (and a flash). Pretty basic but it covered the 24-200 range that you're looking for. I was a little envious, but not enough to give up my Pentax! But you're right, to do the same with a Pentax body you'd need to either go with Sigma, or Tamron offers 28-75 and 70-200 zooms also. But I will tell you that many, many people on this forum (myself included) are VERY happy with the DA*50-135.

Question: If the K100D doesn't work with Sigma's HSM, can it even use Pentax SDM? I could be barking up the wrong tree here with my recommendation...

11-12-2010, 11:26 PM   #17
Veteran Member
soppy's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Gainesville
Posts: 348
Original Poster
No it cannot use SDM either or any variation that Tamron has. This is just one more reason why I am leaning towards the body...
11-15-2010, 04:49 AM   #18
New Member




Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 9
I think you should take K5 because of its significantly features instead of Sigma and then you can buy the cheap kit 18-55 to use at present
11-15-2010, 09:54 PM   #19
m8o
Veteran Member
m8o's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: 40-55'-44" N / 73-24'-07" W [on LI]
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 3,102
I just got the K-5 and Sigma 70-200/2.8 myself. Have to side with the K-5 krew here. too.

11-15-2010, 10:00 PM   #20
Veteran Member
soppy's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Gainesville
Posts: 348
Original Poster
How do you like the 70-200? I'm looking at getting that one a little later after I gain some funds back.
11-15-2010, 10:33 PM   #21
Veteran Member




Join Date: Feb 2010
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 971
i would usually say lens first, but in the K5's case, I would go for the K5.
11-16-2010, 09:58 AM   #22
m8o
Veteran Member
m8o's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: 40-55'-44" N / 73-24'-07" W [on LI]
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 3,102
QuoteOriginally posted by soppy Quote
How do you like the 70-200? I'm looking at getting that one a little later after I gain some funds back.
I think it's a match made in heaven! I'm very much in love with the HSM (non-OS) version of the Sigma 70-200/2.8. Fast, precise, and silent focus coupled with the K-5's quite shutter gives me a setup where I'm finally not scaring away my one dog who hates having her picture taken.

It's not perfect. Two critiques. I do find I need to pass some of the photos thru CA adjustment (depending on focal length, the subject and lighting), and I have to agree that the lens isn't all that great at minimum focus distance [mfd] at 200mm, but it's quite good at mfd at shorter focal lengths. But the way it, with the K-5, handles, focuses, and resolves is nothing short of outstanding. Detail shown say on antennas on the top of buildings in NYC when I shoot from the roof of my apt in NYC, is about the best (cleanest and most detailed) of the lenses when compared to my best resolving lenses, the Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4 and Voigtlander 125mm f/2.5. Now, I didn't bring those lenses into NYC with me so I didn't shoot with them on the K-5 yet and the story might change once I do that, which I will do when I stay there for a week after Thanksgiving ... but the Sigma 70-200 + K-5 noticeably out resolves the other two lenses mentioned on the K10D.

... oh, I usually don't complain about weight of lenses [specifically my Sigma 300 f/2.8] as I throw the heavy ones over my triceps/elbow and shoot. But changing the zoom causes me to handhold this lens in my hand. My wrist & forearms where really feeling it after my 1st few hours with the lens. BUT, muscles grow, so don't take this as a complaint, just an FYI.

Last edited by m8o; 11-16-2010 at 10:10 AM.
11-16-2010, 10:19 AM   #23
Veteran Member
soppy's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Gainesville
Posts: 348
Original Poster
Yeah I kinda figured it would be hard to get a quality telephoto and have it be really lightweight, so I think that just comes with the territory. Glad to hear it is as good as I was hoping. I played around with one of my friend's version of the lens, Nikon mount, and I really liked the feel. Feels sturdy and well built.

I am jealous of you being in NYC, I wish I was up there to do some photo stuff. Plenty of good subjects to go after.

11-16-2010, 11:03 AM   #24
m8o
Veteran Member
m8o's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: 40-55'-44" N / 73-24'-07" W [on LI]
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 3,102
QuoteOriginally posted by soppy Quote
Yeah I kinda figured it would be hard to get a quality telephoto and have it be really lightweight, so I think that just comes with the territory. Glad to hear it is as good as I was hoping. I played around with one of my friend's version of the lens, Nikon mount, and I really liked the feel. Feels sturdy and well built.
By many accounts, the 50-150mm f/2.8 HSM is a slightly 'better' lens; sharper and better OOF rendering. It's about 1/2 the weight as it's has cropped-sensor only coverage. But for that you give away the FF coverage (to be future proof) and slightly longer coverage on both ends. The latter two are the main reason I went for the 70-200.
11-16-2010, 11:55 AM   #25
Veteran Member
soppy's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Gainesville
Posts: 348
Original Poster
Yeah I need the extra reach, especially coming from a 75-30mm Tamron (terrible aperture and focus speed) I don't think I could half that and be happy. The better lens is the one you can get the shot with, and I don't know if I could with the 150...
11-16-2010, 12:00 PM   #26
Pentaxian




Join Date: Aug 2007
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,563
QuoteOriginally posted by soppy Quote
I plan on getting both of these at some point in the future, as well as a few other pieces of Sigma glass, but I am unsure which to upgrade.

If I get the K5, I'll probably get the kit lens since it is WR and will hold me over till I can afford the Sigma. At the same time, I really wish the kit lens was faster.

Currently I am shooting on a K100D (so HSM wouldn't work on the Sigma if I got that first, but I want the HSM for when I do upgrade the body) and my fastest lens is a 50mm 1.7, followed by my kit lens.

I know there is a whole lot of advice saying the glass is more important than the body, but I am really feeling like after 4 years with my K100 I have tapped it to it's fullest potential.

Also with the high ISO capabilities of the K5, I would theoretically be able to shoot higher shutter speeds in the same light with the kit lens than I could with my K100D and the kit lens.

I am just trying to get a feel for what would be the correct thing to do, but I am really leaning towards the body.

Anyone else have suggestions?
I'm *not* impressed with the results shown on this forum of the Sigma 24-70mm, too much vignetting at the wide end.
I'd go for the K-5!
You will be in for a surprise...

Perhaps you can get a cheap 2nd hand 16-45 f4 with it...
You'll need great sharp lens as well with that.

- Bert
11-16-2010, 12:34 PM   #27
Veteran Member
soppy's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Gainesville
Posts: 348
Original Poster
I would love to see examples of the vignetting, as I have not come across much bad info about it. A lot of people were saying it was nearly as good as the Canon 24-701:2.8L from what I read... But I am interested in seeing the negatives of the lenses I want to buy.
11-16-2010, 09:30 PM   #28
Site Supporter
NeverSatisfied's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: S.E. Michigan
Posts: 666
QuoteOriginally posted by soppy Quote
I would love to see examples of the vignetting, as I have not come across much bad info about it. A lot of people were saying it was nearly as good as the Canon 24-701:2.8L from what I read... But I am interested in seeing the negatives of the lenses I want to buy.
Possibly the previous poster was referring to the older version of that 24-70 Sigma lens. Yea I read a lot of good reviews on the new 24-70, but I still haven't heard from anyone here on the forum who has used one....
11-16-2010, 10:18 PM   #29
Veteran Member
soppy's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Gainesville
Posts: 348
Original Poster
All I have seen is a few videos comparing it in actual use, as well as the basic reviews you find on B&H, plus a few pro reviews. I would love to see more. I am referring to the new one with HSM for future reference.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
body, glass, hsm, k-mount, k100d, k5, kit, lens, pentax lens, sigma, sigma 24-70mm f2.8, slr lens
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM - VS - Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro Braciola Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 10-15-2010 04:54 AM
Landscape Sigma 24-70mm f/ 2.8 HSM testing. letgo12345 Post Your Photos! 2 05-12-2010 01:58 AM
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 HSM OS Users jjynwa Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 04-22-2010 05:05 AM
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 HSM Mystic Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 0 12-10-2009 03:41 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:14 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top