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09-07-2011, 10:27 AM   #31
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I can vouch for Mack Camera warranties. I bought a used Panasonic PT-AX100U projector off eBay for a little over $300 a couple years ago, and the original owner had bought a Mack Camera extended warranty for it. I was able to transfer the warranty to my name, and Mack even waved the $20 transfer fee. When I got the projector, I noticed that it had some discoloration on parts of the screen when a white scene was displayed. I sent it in to Mack, and they determined that it was beyond repair. They offered to replace it with the current model, the PT-AX200U, or send me a check for $1000, the cost of a new PT-AX200U. I opted for the check, and I received it a few weeks later.

So the 3rd party warranties may not be quite as convenient as an in-store extended warranty, but, at least in my experience, Mack Camera stood behind their warranty.

Here's a link to Mack's website showing the lens warranties they offer:

Mack Camera & Video Service

Warranty part # 1017 covers lenses under $1000 for 7 years
Warranty part # 1013 covers lenses under $5000 for 3 years

Here's a link to the 7 year warranty on Amazon for $19.95:

Amazon.com: Mack 7-Year Camera Lens Extended Warranty Service Plan: Camera & Photo

And here's a link to the 3-year warranty for $14.39:

Amazon.com: Mack 3 Year Warranty Extension for Professional Lenses under $5,000: Electronics

Like I said, their warranty worked for me, but that's just one case. But for $15 or $20 bucks, it's probably not too much of a risk. If you're a pro who must minimize your down time, then you probably won't be happy with the turnaround time. But if you're just a hobbyist who can't afford to spend a lot on repairs, then it's probably a good idea. As long as your lens still has at least 90 days of the original manufacturer's warranty, you can buy a Mack extended warranty.
As Mack Camera's Customer Relations Supervisor, I would like to thank you for taking the time to write about your positive experience. Mack Camera works hard to deliver quality service to all of our customers.
Thank you,
Desiree

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Using my Tamron 27-80 alot. great image quality. Sold my Sigma 17-70 as tammy brings lot better image quality.
I also have sigma 10-20 for landscape but it's not a great walk around street lens and I need that 17mm focal length as I used to have on my Sigma, but now since i used tammy, I don't think I would be happy with Sigma 17-70 optic quality. Has anyone tried tammy 17-50 or Sigma 18-50 f. 2.8?
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or even pentax 16-50?
Also I need to reach more than 75mm.. so anyone recommends pentrax 50-135 or sigi tammy 70-200?
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I can't speak to the 50-135, but with your 28-75 I would highly recommend a 70-200/2.8. My personal experience is that I would be unhappy with a 135 max.

My backpack typically carries the Tamron 28-75/2.8 (my main walkaround lens), Tamron 70-200/2.8 (primarily for sports and concerts), the DA15/4 Limited (for wide angle), and either the A50/1.7 or my Takumar 85/1.8 (for portraits). When I need to go light, I ditch my battery grip and put the 28-75 on the camera and carry the DA15.

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I can't speak to the 50-135, but with your 28-75 I would highly recommend a 70-200/2.8. My personal experience is that I would be unhappy with a 135 max.

My backpack typically carries the Tamron 28-75/2.8 (my main walkaround lens), Tamron 70-200/2.8 (primarily for sports and concerts), the DA15/4 Limited (for wide angle), and either the A50/1.7 or my Takumar 85/1.8 (for portraits). When I need to go light, I ditch my battery grip and put the 28-75 on the camera and carry the DA15.
thanks for your respond. I mostly want that extra range for portraiture. do you think Tammy has as good optic quality as Penny 50-135 ? I'm not into sport photography...Thanks
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either the A50/1.7 or my Takumar 85/1.8 (for portraits).
Why use these, when you have the 28-75, and 70-200? Aperture/dof? Portraits from either of these two look great, imho. Thanks. Glenn
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I would prefer the 50-135 for your purposes. Past 135 mm is getting a little long for portraiture, whereas the decreased size of the 50-135 versus the Tamron 70-200 really is nice. Both are quite sharp from wide open -- I doubt you would see much difference in the overlapping range as far as sharpness is concerned.

Quick shift is one other nice feature on the Pentax. Tamron has a clutch mechanism that sort of lets you get to manual control, but its a little clunky.


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Why use these, when you have the 28-75, and 70-200? Aperture/dof? Portraits from either of these two look great, imho. Thanks. Glenn
Good question Glenn. Actually I do use the 28-75 for the majority of my portrait work. But I am a bit old fashioned and really like the old glass. The 50/1.7 and 85/1.8 have great manual focus control for the tight face shots that the Tamrons lack. Plus the extra stop and a half comes in handy sometimes.

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Quick shift is one other nice feature on the Pentax. Tamron has a clutch mechanism that sort of lets you get to manual control, but its a little clunky.
I second that. I love the quick shift on my DA15. The Tamron design could be better.
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If you could be so lucky to find a used Sigma 50-150, it has quick shift focus.

Quick shift focus (like WR) is nice, but how often do you really need it? The Tamron 70-200 is the undisputed value king. If it wasn't so damn heavy, I would have chose it over the Sigma 50-150. Optically they are both great lenses - this includes the Pentax 50-135 - however between the short warranty and the horrific history of SDM, third party options are the better way to go. If it weren't for 3rd party options, myself I would have stayed clear from Pentax.
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If you could be so lucky to find a used Sigma 50-150, it has quick shift focus.

Quick shift focus (like WR) is nice, but how often do you really need it? The Tamron 70-200 is the undisputed value king. If it wasn't so damn heavy, I would have chose it over the Sigma 50-150. Optically they are both great lenses - this includes the Pentax 50-135 - however between the short warranty and the horrific history of SDM, third party options are the better way to go. If it weren't for 3rd party options, myself I would have stayed clear from Pentax.
how about the extra warranty purchase through B&H or Square Trade?
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i've used square trade and had 1 problem and they refunded my money...no issues what so ever
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Derek,
i've seen some of your photos and i think you'd be very happy with the 50-135. I use it for landscape pictures that i sell. It also works well for portraits. From what i've read on this forum, the original sigma 50-150 is in the same category of quality, but i've never tried it. The plus of the 50-135 is its WR which is handy in the pacific nw when rain comes up suddenly. The negative on the 50-135 is the focusing is slowish - perhaps thats ok if it helps with accurate focus

If one is more into sports events or wildlife shooting, i can see the 70-200 instead. I bought the Pentax 55-300 to cover that range - but i rarely have used it.

I also have the Tam. 28-75 and its plenty sharp,but for some reason, it doesn't have the pixy dust of the 50-135. That wouldn't stop me from using it, however.
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Thanks Philbaum,
I got 50-135 and it's simply amazing. As you mentioned, its focusing is slow but it's worth every single penny..

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