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02-04-2014, 03:28 PM   #1
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UPS just brought Sigma 17-50mm 2.8

I just got a Sigma 17-50mm 2-8 from B&H.
It wasn't rolling around in the box.
They used the industrial strength bubble wrap, the kind that you can't pop. :-(
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I can't wait to try it.
I looked at all the options, I even considered the old Tokina Pro 28-70mm 2.8.
The $100 I saved, I used for the 3-year "clumsy insurance".

02-04-2014, 03:37 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tighelander Quote
I just got a Sigma 17-50mm 2-8 from B&H.
It wasn't rolling around in the box.
They used the industrial strength bubble wrap, the kind that you can't pop. :-(
;-)
I can't wait to try it.
I looked at all the options, I even considered the old Tokina Pro 28-70mm 2.8.
The $100 I saved, I used for the 3-year "clumsy insurance".
Have fun! It's a sharp and versatile lens if the size doesn't bother you.
(I have barely used mine because of the bulk, should have bought the DA21 instead...)

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02-04-2014, 03:40 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tighelander Quote
It wasn't rolling around in the box.
They used the industrial strength bubble wrap, the kind that you can't pop.
I promise you that if I got an item loose, rolling around in the box, I'd be getting a brand new one, properly packed & overnighted at their expense.

I hate that bubble wrap! I like the big, still poppable type. I also like the mini bubbles. The kind you can twist the sheet & make a bunch pop!

Enjoy your lens. A 2.8 normal zoom is on my list of WTB.
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I wish UPS would bring me lenses.. too bad I'd have to order and pay first...

Congratulations, though! That is a well-liked zoom, a big step above the kit lens. Do post a photo or two once you get the hang of your new gear

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When I got my Pentax 50-135mm 2.8, it was rolling around a bit. The pillows were used, and a couple were deflated. I didn't get it from B&H.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Na Horuk Quote
That is a well-liked zoom, a big step above the kit lens.
Gawd, I hope it's a couple of big steps above a kit lens. I bought it to get more paying photo jobs. I know it's not "L glass", but I hope it gets the job done.

Regarding the size, I've heard of clients that doubt the photos are good if you don't use a camera that looks pro.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tighelander Quote
Regarding the size, I've heard of clients that doubt the photos are good if you don't use a camera that looks pro.
In that case, get a battery grip if you don't already have one!
My K-5 feels much more balanced with the Sigma 17-50 when I use the grip (the 3rd party grips are fine for extending battery life and for balance, the controls for portrait orientation are rather shit though...).


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Enjoy the lens!

QuoteOriginally posted by Tighelander Quote
I just got a Sigma 17-50mm 2-8 ...
It wasn't rolling around in the box.
Now this I find amazing. Almost every lens and body I have bought in the last two years has been shoved into a corner of a box, with a couple loose air pillows on top.

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I promise you that if I got an item loose, rolling around in the box, I'd be getting a brand new one, properly packed & overnighted at their expense.
I did return an item once. Every other time, I've just thoroughly checked the gear. I guess I am afraid that if I complain, the folks in the shipping department might intentionally throw around the merchandise, before "properly packing" it. For similar reasons, I almost never complain about the food in a restaurant.

I knew some guys who worked at a sorting depot for a major courier service. Anything that was labelled "fragile" was fair game for a "hail mary" pass.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dansamy Quote
I like the big, still poppable type. I also like the mini bubbles. The kind you can twist the sheet & make a bunch pop!
This is way too much information, there may well be younger folk reading this thread.
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My husband gave me bubble wrap one year for Christmas!
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I also like the mini bubbles. The kind you can twist the sheet & make a bunch pop!
I always use that stuff to ship things myself so I'd rather have those that aren't fun to destroy...
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UPS just left a Sigma 17-70 2.8-4 on my doorstep. Must be going around . Actually, I considered the 17-50 but I really needed the longer range more than the f/2.8 across the range so I grabbed the 17-70.

Good luck with your new lens! Post some shots. It was dark by the time I got home and we have a large snow storm coming for tomorrow that will keep me busy so I'll have to wait a couple of days to use it for something other than boring shots of my bookshelf.
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The Sigma 17-50 DC 2.8 is the best zoom for Pentax. It never fails. f5.6 performs prime like.
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Balance....
The comment about adding a grip to balance it out....
Reminds me how sword makers eventually figured out if you add a weight to the end of the handle, the sword is easier to use.
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My husband gave me bubble wrap one year for Christmas!
He obviously knows how to spoil a girl.
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