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View Poll Results: Which would you choose?
Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 ($750) 1422.58%
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 ($800) 4470.97%
Both! 46.45%
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05-23-2008, 09:47 AM   #16
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Since I own the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 (non macro/HSM) that is the lens I would get again if I needed to. Sharp from one end to the other and even good wide open. Great at f4 and above. Focus is fast and the weight is not an issue either, at least for me. If you body doesn't support HSm then the tamron should be the choice. They have produced some fine glass (28-75/2.8 etc) and this should follow that lead.

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QuoteOriginally posted by superfuzzy Quote
... With the k20 + battery grip + 70-200 the thing will be a beast to carry
I absolutely agree with you ... It can be a beast. But if you want f2,8, high IQ and 150+mm you have to be quite a weight lifter
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Own the DA*50-135 already, so adding the Sigma 70-200 HSM would better complement that than the 50-150. Won't buy either Sigma, though, as I'm trying to save up for the DA*200 & 300.
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you need another polling option

I did not vote because you are missing one other option. Pick what you want.

My zoom lens line up is Sigma 10-20, Pentax 18-35, tamron 28-75 F2.8 and Sigma 70-200 F2.8. and I don't mind carrying 4 lenses. As yo can see I would probably go again for a 70-200 if I needed one (I dont! I like my old 70-200)

The 50-150 (or pentax 50-135) would not fit with the rest of my lenses. BUT if you owned the 16-50 already, and were not interested in long teleshots, then the 50-150 (or pentax 50-135) might be a better decision, lighter than a 70-200.

I would not compare to the 50-250 F4 because the extra F Stop to me is very important.

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The 70-200 probably. Tele lenses are one area I'd consider with Sigma if they have Ring style HSM. The focus throw is usually pretty long on this style of lens, and I'd like something dedicated, quiet and reliable. I'm feeling a little uneasy about the screwdrive/micro-motor combo on the current DA* series, I wish they had just bit the bullet and not worried about the older bodies for the pro lens lineup.
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I can't wait till the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 is available in the Pentax mount.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mechan1k Quote
I can't wait till the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 is available in the Pentax mount.
Eh? It has been for months and months. I as well as many others own one.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wallyb Quote
Eh? It has been for months and months. I as well as many others own one.
Thread is two years old, wally.

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Thread is two years old, wally.
Thread was bumped, and then I suppose the post was deleted. I didn't dig it up from the grave, it was on the front page...
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Alrighty then.

I wonder why I don't see any Tammy 70-200s for sale second-hand. Could they just be that good?
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QuoteOriginally posted by ftpaddict Quote
Alrighty then.

I wonder why I don't see any Tammy 70-200s for sale second-hand. Could they just be that good?
I know mine is that good, for sure. I actually put both a 2x and 1.7x tc on it at once, and got usable shots at 200mm f/2.8 (really 680mm f/9.5)! Not close to tack-sharp, mind you, but still free from chromatic aberration and significant coma. I don't think any other lens I've used can do such a thing.
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Two years on and I still haven't managed to snap one up. I've bought 3 bicycles in the interim, but no Tamron
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This is strange. I have been playing with both in a store (and the Pentax 50-135) for about one year ago. And they both were the 'II' versions, with working HSM on Pentax. I wonder why they are for per-order in the US now.

I finally decided not to buy any of them, but I regret it after prices have gone up now. I found the Sigma 50-150 to be very close with the Pentax. HSM on the 50-150 was way quicker (maybe twice as fast) than the other two lenses.

The 70-200 is just to heavy for my taste, I think about 1300 g. At the time I tested these lenses I should have bought the Pentax, but only because it was just 100 EUR more than the 50-150.

I voted 50-150. And that's what I would buy today. No way I would spend 1000 EUR for the Pentax 50-135, allthough it's a great lens. But with the Sigma beeing about as good in IQ, and focusing much quicker for almost half the price (~550 EUR), there's no question for me.
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holy ressurected thread. anyway, since this topic came to life again, let me just add my 2 cents on this matter. since there are just too many 50's available, I think it would be better to get a 70-200, then either have a prime 50 or wide-normal zoom like a 17-50.
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Wahhhhh.

hahahaha ... gotta love it when a thread resurfaces somehow ... and you don't realise how old it was.

I like ftpaddict still have not purchased the Tammy.

Mind you ... my above post was prior to the Tammy coming out in Pentax Mount.
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