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11-28-2013, 12:13 PM   #1
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Sigma 70-200 f2.8 or Pentax DA*60-250

I want to purchase one of these 2 at the Black Friday prices, but am torn. I like the wider range and the weather sealing on the Pentax. But the faster focusing and the extra stop of f2.8 of the Sigma seems to winning me over at the moment.

A planned future purchase of the Sigma 50-500 or 150-500 will render the extra length of the Pentax moot.

Does anyone own both? I'd love to hear any opinions on the matter. I'm sure many that are smarter than I have already wrestled with this dilemma. Thanks in advance for your opinions and your time.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Lukinosity Quote
I want to purchase one of these 2 at the Black Friday prices, but am torn. I like the wider range and the weather sealing on the Pentax. But the faster focusing and the extra stop of f2.8 of the Sigma seems to winning me over at the moment.

A planned future purchase of the Sigma 50-500 or 150-500 will render the extra length of the Pentax moot.

Does anyone own both? I'd love to hear any opinions on the matter. I'm sure many that are smarter than I have already wrestled with this dilemma. Thanks in advance for your opinions and your time.
Both lenses are great. If you don't need the extra reach and if AF speed is important to you, I would go for the Sigma.

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I have the Sigma 70-200 and the 50-500, love them both... have not tried the 60-250 but I do have the 50-135. Color rendition is better with the Pentax glass but it cant compete in the speed department.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lukinosity Quote
I want to purchase one of these 2 at the Black Friday prices, but am torn. I like the wider range and the weather sealing on the Pentax. But the faster focusing and the extra stop of f2.8 of the Sigma seems to winning me over at the moment.

A planned future purchase of the Sigma 50-500 or 150-500 will render the extra length of the Pentax moot.

Does anyone own both? I'd love to hear any opinions on the matter. I'm sure many that are smarter than I have already wrestled with this dilemma. Thanks in advance for your opinions and your time.
I just went though your past treads and noticed that you bought and sold both DA*300 and the sigma 100-300F4 because you were having trouble with the weight. Each of the 3 lenses you mention above are heavier then the DA*300, the 150-500 and the 50-500 allmost doubling the weight of the DA*300.

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I don't own both but I do have an SDM lens the DA*300.

i think it comes down to what you intend to use it for.

I like the Sigma for its fast focus and use it for capturing dance performances in high school gym lighting. It has excellent IQ.

The 60-250 SDM focus I expect would be similar to my DA*300 which is a beautiful rendering lens but the AF is not as quick as the Sigma.

FYI the 50-500 OS I also use and it is an awesome lens for outdoor sports and the long end is great for wildlife.
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Oh also the 60-250 extends to zoom while the sigma does not change size.
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Thanks TenZ for reminding me of my weakling ways in my recent past. My tolerance for carrying heavy lenses goes down when I need cash apparently.....LOL. The prices are right for me to try again. I have also since purchased a sling which will put the weight on my shoulders instead of my neck which should be a huge difference. I ordered the Sigma since I love my other Sigmas. I can live with the shorter focal length.

Thanks all for your input. I'll be sure to share some images when it arrives.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Lukinosity Quote
Thanks TenZ for reminding me of my weakling ways in my recent past. My tolerance for carrying heavy lenses goes down when I need cash apparently.....LOL. The prices are right for me to try again. I have also since purchased a sling which will put the weight on my shoulders instead of my neck which should be a huge difference. I ordered the Sigma since I love my other Sigmas. I can live with the shorter focal length.

Thanks all for your input. I'll be sure to share some images when it arrives.
I bought the sigma a month ago..... used it on my China Holiday earlier in the month....... loved it.

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My vote for Sigma due to the superior autofocus


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There is a guy who owns both, he posted recently on the topic, and he seemed to use the 60-250 more than the Sigma.
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If weight is an issue, then the Pentax has an advantage. It is also weather sealed and offers more reach at both ends (the wider gain is the most important in my opinion).

I recommend you read the review of the Pentax where I discuss the perks and flaws of those kinds of lenses:

Pentax DA* 60-250mm F4 Review - Introduction - PentaxForums.com
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