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04-15-2008, 07:05 PM   #1
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pentax fa 50mm f1.4 VS Sigma 24-60 f2.8 dg ex (TEST/REVIEW)

Just bought a new Sigma 24-60 f2.8 dg ex... Didn't see much on the forum when I was researching, soo this might be some help to future buyers. Tested it out with fa 50mm 1.4. Took a few shots, more to come later... I think its a keeper, image quality is on par with 50mm 1.4, maybe a little better. Build quality is really nice, some might think its heavy but I love the weight ... It does hunt in low light, but can't complain for the price I paid. Let me know what you'll think, or if I missed something in the comparison test?

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Thanks for the post. I have been thinking about getting the Sigma 24-60mm and your comparison is just what I needed to make up my mind. It looks like the 24-60 will be added to my collection. If you have any more shots from the 24-60, I like to see them.
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QuoteOriginally posted by xs400 Quote
your comparison is just what I needed to make up my mind.
since when those __2__ (as of ~2 AM EST) photos can be called a comparison ?

how about at least some newspaper on the wall shot side by side @ f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8 where you can actually see both center and borders.
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QuoteOriginally posted by deejjjaaaa Quote
since when those __2__ (as of ~2 AM EST) photos can be called a comparison ?

how about at least some newspaper on the wall shot side by side @ f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8 where you can actually see both center and borders.
That might be a more scientific approach but how often do you shoot newspapers on the walls ?

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I have the Sigma 24-60 EX as well, and I really like it. I have never tried the FA 50/1.4, so I can't comment on this. It sometimes hunts a bit in low light, but rarely ever misses. And when it has locked focus, it's spot on.

This lens is really a good deal, it's good in terms of IQ and built. It's a bit on the heavy side, but not too much. And it has a 77mm thread, which at least allows sharing filters with many wide angle lenses and the upcoming 70-200's from S. and T. And it's full frame so it's future ready

Oh, and it's relatively close-focussing, and has a nice 9-blade aperture.

Maybe I'm going to fill out a review soon.
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Sigma 17-70mm DC Macro VS Sigma 24-60mm EX DG

Here's my test comparing both lenses last night.
I retest at 53mm and 60mm this afternoon, and result is the same. I retest becoz I'm curious why Sigma 24-60mm EX DG is outperformed by Sigma 17-70mm at center.

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QuoteOriginally posted by kyrios Quote
Here's my test comparing both lenses last night.
I retest at 53mm and 60mm this afternoon, and result is the same. I retest becoz I'm curious why Sigma 24-60mm EX DG is outperformed by Sigma 17-70mm at center.

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one is macro and another is not... so it is kinda natural to see macro getting better results in
sharpness.
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Here is my humble opinion of your choice of lenses for this comparison test.


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Here is my humble opinion of your choice of lenses for this comparison test.
Love the grapes and bananas you used, but most of all I love your sig! Had never seen it before and looked it up right now.....ROTFLMAO!
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QuoteOriginally posted by J.Scott Quote
Here is my humble opinion of your choice of lenses for this comparison test.
Scott, the reason I tested both lenses becoz Sigma 24-60mm is currently tempting, only $220 (compared to $370 Sigma 17-70mm).
If we purchased the Sigma 24-60mm EX DG, we could save $150. But we loose the wide end (17-23mm).
Both would be good as kit lens replacement. But I'm ended having both. A combination of Tamron 10-24mm and Sigma 24-60mm EX DG would be great as well.

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Hey guys I'll try to do some in depth newspaper test...ASAP...
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QuoteOriginally posted by akhowja Quote
Hey guys I'll try to do some in depth newspaper test...ASAP...
long live pixelpeeping ...

PS: please try use some newsworthy newspaper
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long live pixelpeeping ...

PS: please try use some newsworthy newspaper
Hmm.... page 3 perhaps?
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Hmm.... page 3 perhaps?
I've been checking here twice a day since April waiting for page 3 .....
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The 24-60 is an 'okay' lens....

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/35721-sigma-ex...-60mm-wow.html

Comparing it to the FA50 (which I also have) really is comparing apples to oranges. They serve 2 totally different purposes for me. I replaced the 17-70 with the 24-60 as my walkaround lens and did find myself missing the wide end of the 17-70. I ended up grabbing a DA12-24 and now have the range I normally shoot in covered pretty well.
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