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02-07-2008, 12:46 PM   #1
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decisions decisions..

I plan on using my MZ7 28-80 lens on my new K10D until I find a good buy on a lense with a little more capability zoom wise, but still small enough to make it my main walk around lense. After many hours of searching I have found the following:

Sigma AF28-300mm F3.5-6.3 Macro (Pentax)

Reg. $449.00 SALE $399.00

Sigma AF24-60mm F2.8 EX DG (Pentax)

Reg. $599.00 SALE $299.00

Sigma AF 28-200mm F3.5-5.6 (Pentax)

Reg. $369.00 SALE $249.00

Tamron AF 24-135mm F3.5-5.6 (Pentax)

Reg. $699.00 SALE $399.00

Tamron AF 28-200mm XR (Silver Pentax K)

Reg. $529.00 SALE $249.00

Tamron AF 28-300mm DI F3.5-6.3 (Pentax)

Reg. $599.00 SALE $529.00

Tamron AF 28-200mm XR F3.5-6.3 (Pentax K)

Reg. $699.00 SALE $399.00

Pentax FA-J 75-300mm F4.5-5.8 AL

Reg. $219.00 SALE $179.00

Pentax FA 28-105mm F3.2-4.5

Reg. $399.00 SALE $319.00

Pentax FA 24-90mm F3.5-4.5

Reg. $829.00 SALE $599.00



I was hoping to keep the budget <$300, but if a good enough buy presents it self for more, then I'll bite the bullet.

I was looking seriously at a regular priced 70-300 Sigma for $200 as well, but for another $100 you get the same lense with the APO - will the APO make that much of a difference?

Anyway, just curious what others on the board would choose (and why) from the options I've found so far..

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It isn't on your list but since you go up to $600, why not the 18-250? Either Tamron or PTX, the prices are very close. I've had the Tam for almost a year and cannot recommend it highly enough..........
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QuoteOriginally posted by John Kovarik Quote
It isn't on your list but since you go up to $600, why not the 18-250? Either Tamron or PTX, the prices are very close. I've had the Tam for almost a year and cannot recommend it highly enough..........
I'll second that
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QuoteOriginally posted by gawan Quote
I'll second that


I'll third that. Also, it seems as if some of those sale prices you posted might still be a tad bit high, for example I think you can get the FA J 75-300 for $139 at Adorama or B&H, or some major online camera retailer, can't remember where I saw it.



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Well, I'm north of the 49th so the prices are probably higher up here to begin with, and the store that they are pulled from is usually a little pricier, but there sale prices are the best I can find up here at this time.

I was hoping to top out at $400, the $600 one's I didnt really mean to post. But if the 18-250 is as good a lense as I am hearing, maybe I'll just bide my time.

I almost ordered the Sigma 28-250 that was on sale for $249 from $369, but then started thinking that maybe the 70-300 APO (not in the above list) at regular price of $299 might be a better fit since I already have some 28-80 lenses to use.. if in fact the APO model is worth spending the extra shekels on.
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I have a Sigma 70-300 Apo. Although not being my mostly used lens, I am very pleased with it. I'm north of 49th too, and when I bought it, I paid $280.00 at the largest camera store in Canada, and was told by quite a few that you couldn't get a better price around Montreal.
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I'll 4th the agreement about the 18-250.

Just bought the Pentax version and I like the size and build of it. In terms of IQ I have only taken indoor shots of the kids but, it's better (imho) than the 18-55 kit at the wide end, so far. I also noticed a slightly smaller degree of distortion as well.

For my type of shooting all I need is the 18-250mm and the 50mm f/1.4. LBA is at an end (maybe) in the future a flash is next.
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Which store is that flyer? I'll have to check it out.

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Just curious where you're seeing those prices. Remember that MANY places on the web are total scams. Also remember that B&H likes to list lenses as "out of stock" that have been discontinued and that they will never, ever have in stock again.
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Just curious where you're seeing those prices. Remember that MANY places on the web are total scams. Also remember that B&H likes to list lenses as "out of stock" that have been discontinued and that they will never, ever have in stock again.
The prices are from a place called McBains Camera in Edmonton. They are a pretty good dealer as I have bought a couple of cameras there now. They aren't the cheapest price wise, but their personnel is knowledgeable and they stock good equipment. The only thing I can fault them with is that there website is not the greatest and the inventory is not always current, but they did have all the items listed in stock except one, the Tamron AF 28-200mm XR (Silver Pentax K) that was Reg. $529.00 and on sale for $249.00
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Hi Glen

I have a Sigma 70-300DG (non APO) and am disappointed with it. For a few extra bucks I could have got the APO version, one of which I borrowed and used for a couple of days. It is a better build and the image quality is certainly better.
If you are serious about quality shots, then hanging out for a better quality lens is worthwhile. I bought when I started out and didn't know any better. Experience is often the best teacher. All that said, we all have a budget to stick to! Good hunting.
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