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02-23-2011, 04:37 AM   #1
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Sigma 80~200 high speed zoom

The other day I stumbled upon this lens in some thrift store near where I live. A Sigma 80~200mm f/3.5 ~ f/4 "high speed" zoom, for Pentax. It looked pretty dented, didn't have any lens caps, the front element was dirty and I didn't have my camera with me... however, focus and zoom seemed smooth and the aperture blades seemed responsive enough... also, since it was only 12,50 euros, I couldn't really leave it

I thought it was a pretty interesting lens... it has one ring to rule them all which you slide forward and backward to zoom and turn to focus. Also, it has a build-in lens hood. It has the same solid feel I love about my Pentax M lenses, although the aperture ring feels just a tad flimsy.

Unfortunately, coming home I found not only the front element was dirty. As you can see in the picture below, there is what looks like dust on the inside as well. I'm not sure if this could be fungus as well? Anyway, it does seem a little soft, especially wide open, and not too contrasty.... Still, I think it's a pretty good bargain for such a fast zoom lens... and it has already proven its worth during a graduation ceremony with poor lighting where I wanted to do some close ups without getting too close myself.

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02-23-2011, 04:40 AM   #2
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ps, the first viking shot is 80mm @ f/3.5
the second is 200mm @ f/4
the third is 200mm @ f/8

yeah, "a little soft" might be a bit of an understatement
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Hi! I just got the same lens in a bundle that had a camera and two other lenses. I have not gone out to try it yet but once I do I will let you know. It is really heavy though!
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hey there, i also have one of these lenses. my one is like new and works perfect with my new pentax K-r. like rdiazgreenberg said, it is very heavy, but it feels indestructible. the zoom on it is great but i have'nt had a proper chance to use it yet

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The front element does not have the spiderweb appearance of fungus, but the images do seem to have a slight haze to them.
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Sorry to resurrect a zombie thread, had a question on the same lens.

Got a P30n camera, this sigma lens and a M50 x 1.7 for Aus $40, mostly for the 50, which is fine btw .

But curious to try this sigma, it doesn't seem to screw on to my k200d or k5ii. Didnt push too hard obviously.

It screws onto the film camera fine.

Am I doing something wrong ( a setting or position of zoom etc) or I'd it just stuffed?.

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pictures of the mount may help...
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Here the mount picture, the Sigma High speed on left and one of my DA lens on right

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The aperture flange is hitting the SDM contacts. You can see how it is shifted to the right compared to the Pentax lens. This is common in Sigma lenses of a certain age.
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Thank, and bugger, so only good for film camera.

Cheers.
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One of my favorite weird lenses.

It takes a little wiggling to get it mounted, but the ability to focus and zoom at the same time is awesome. It definitely gives a vintage look to your shots.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Waratah Quote
Thank, and bugger, so only good for film camera.

Cheers.
Just break the little shark fin off and it will fit just fine.
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Hi, sorry for the super late response to this thread. Nice shots to those of you who posted pics!

I got this lens off of ebay and it arrived today. Been trying for about half an hour to get the lens onto my k-70 but it doesn't seem to lock in to place. I saw a mention of a shark fin that I could knock off? Thanks in advanced.

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Which shark fin needs to be broken off?
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The one close to the aperture lever.
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80-200s like that are incredibly common. I myself have an M42 sears 80-200 F4 macro which is actually pretty ok. Most of them tend to be under performers, but have some character.
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