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04-28-2008, 12:32 PM   #1
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sigma 17-70. i think it may be a bit too expensive for me right now. but i want a decent walk around lens for my trip. so recommend me something cheaper, just as effective but maybe has a different focal range. thanks!

it would be nice to have a macro option also..

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I tried but really couldn't find anything that covered the range I wanted to cover. The A35-70 and then F35-70 covered my most used focal range, but I really wanted something wider.

The kit lens wide enough and is a pretty decent lens. But since it's short on the long end, I had to carry it and the 35-70mm to cover that distance. I guess I could've picked up the DA50-200mm, but I would've probably been changing lenses a lot more than I would like to. Plus, both kit lenses are a liitle on the slow side. In the end, I opted to fork over the $$$ for the 17-70. Images I saw from this lens around the web convinced me that it was worth the cost.

If the wide end is not that important, you could opt for the FA28-105mm. Reviews are really good and it covers a nice range. Not very wide at the wide end, but IQ is supposed to be really good. I actually considered it as a walkaround option, filling the wider range with primes or another zoom (12-24?). In my case, being able to cover 17mm to 300mm with the 2 zooms was the deciding factor.
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how about the kit lens + cheap fast 50?
or another good budget alternative is the Tamron 28-200, i have one
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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
how about the kit lens + cheap fast 50?
or another good budget alternative is the Tamron 28-200, i have one
The only problem with that is you're limited to the kit lens' focal range. The 50 gives you a fast lens fow low light situations.....something I think is essential to any lens kit. The 18-250 would be a great walkaround lens, but you're talking about spending even more $$$ than the 17-70...

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QuoteOriginally posted by wrxwheelman Quote
sigma 17-70. i think it may be a bit too expensive for me right now. but i want a decent walk around lens for my trip. so recommend me something cheaper, just as effective but maybe has a different focal range
just as effective != different focal range

I thought the 18-55 was too limited a focal range. The 17-70 is nearly perfect unless you want to go really long, in which case you either need to switch to a 70-300 or just get an all-in-one (w/ lots of compromises) 18-250 which is even more expensive.
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The kit lens is about it for "budget" with focal length < 28mm. Consider that <24mm was relatively exotic for film and was too pricey for kit lenses of the day. For decent budget zooms starting at 28mm, consider FA 28-70 f/4 or FA 28-105 f/3.2-4.5. Either is good for travel, offering good, compact quality.

Other options <28 mm that might be available for < $200 might be FA-J 18-35 f/4-5.6 or maybe some variety of Tokina 18-35 or 19-35 f/3.5-4.5? As full-frame glass these might be a little better than the DA 18-55 kit lens at wide angle but with 35mm max focal length they won't be more convenient.
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i like how we're all guessing which focal length he wants
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The 18-55 Version ll is quite good actually.

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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
The 18-55 Version ll is quite good actually.

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I can confirm this...

Just came from a trip to Cuba, only used the 18-55 II , 50-200, and the FA50 at night.

90% of the photos where with the 18-55 II, I'm quite happy with the JPEG's straight out of the camera, didn't have time to process the RAW's yet.

I was planning to buy the new DA17-70 because of the F4 and the SDM but i will probably keep the 18-55 also.
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If the 55 on the kit lens is too short for you, then how about the Sigma 28-70/2.8-4? If I'm not mistaken, I believe it runs around $129 at B&H. Here's a link to some sample images from it: Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8-4 DG HSM Lens Sample Photos and Specifications

I haven't had any experience with this lens myself, but for the price, the IQ looks good to me.

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I was perusing sigma4less.com and I happened to run into a Sigma 24-70/4-5.6 for $104.95+shipping:
Sigma Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto 24-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical HF Autofocus Lens for Pentax AF (605109)

It looks to be a pretty decent lens, as well...
Sigma 24-70mm f/3.5-5.6 ASP HF Lens Sample Photos and Specifications
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QuoteOriginally posted by hwblanks Quote
I was perusing sigma4less.com and I happened to run into a Sigma 24-70/4-5.6 for $104.95+shipping:
Sigma Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto 24-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical HF Autofocus Lens for Pentax AF (605109)

It looks to be a pretty decent lens, as well...
Sigma 24-70mm f/3.5-5.6 ASP HF Lens Sample Photos and Specifications


is sigma4less a reputable dealer?
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They are indeed:
Sigma 4 Less (aka: Sigma for less) Customer Ratings, Reviews and Prices at ResellerRatings
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I might suggest the DA50-200. Its a very lightweight lens (good for travelling) and is very economical. Gives very good results. Yes I agree it is not that wide, but would compliment a Sigma 17-70 very well, if that is your longer term plan, giving you 17-200.
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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
how about the kit lens + cheap fast 50?
or another good budget alternative is the Tamron 28-200, i have one
I'm another vote for the kit lens, however for a little more length how about a 85mm or so. If you can afford it wrxwheelman
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