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02-16-2007, 10:51 AM   #1
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SIGMA 28-80mm Zoom Macro

hi,
is this a good lens for my K100D? basically i am just looking for a "nice" lens for portrait with macro capability. and will this work???

Sigma Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 II Mini Zoom Macro Aspherical Autofocus Lens for Pentax AF
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and for it's price of $ 54.95, if this is a good one, then it can't be beat. by the way, why is this so cheap? is it the "you get what you pay for" syndrome?

thanks again,
cruiserlan2000

PS: i am not into LBA yet but when i see all those lenses i am feeling the urge.... i had put the tamron 70-300DI in the cart and almost hit the buy button but at the last minute i closed the web browser....the price was $159...and now it's $179i think...

02-16-2007, 11:04 AM   #2
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I have this lens it is okay for the price. I took this picture with it.


It is not going to get you super close but it does the trick. I bought it as I had some interest in some macro stuff but found it was not my thing. I don't like the macro switch becuase you can only use the macro at 80mm only.

I may be interested in selling mine. If you are interested PM me and we could talk.
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Hey Cruiser!

RE: LBA, still sitting on the fence, eh? I have a feeling that when this thing will hit you, it will hit you BAD!

To answer your question about the lens, the reason for the low price may have something to do with the lens being an older design. You will need to use a flash indoors from the aperture you gave (f3.5-5.6), but that depends on lighting. This should react somewhat like the kit lens throughout its focal range, but owners (hehe, just noticed Pat) will give you better feedback.

Hope that helps!

Pat - nice shot Outdoor, I'm assuming?
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hey guys how are you? thanks for the info. nice picture. i might consider it and PM you.

yep you're right, still on the fence with my K100D. and as usual since weather her in CA is so flaky i haven't had the chance to play with my new toy. but i alrady bought a lowepro slingshot 100 bad, 3- 1 GBtSD cards, 2 sets of Eneloop batteries. this is getting so expensive and i don't even have a decent lens except the 18-55 kit and my old 50mm 1.7 M lens from my Pentax MX. i actually haven't put it on my camera and haven't tested it as i am still in the learning curve so manual settings might be too overwhelming for me. i hope this LBA thing will just hit me ever so slowly. maybe 1 lens per 6 months will be ok. but who knows.

thanks a lot,
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Alvin you got it . This was outside later in the afternoon.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cruiserlan2000 Quote
hey guys how are you? thanks for the info. nice picture. i might consider it and PM you.

yep you're right, still on the fence with my K100D. and as usual since weather her in CA is so flaky i haven't had the chance to play with my new toy. but i alrady bought a lowepro slingshot 100 bad, 3- 1 GBtSD cards, 2 sets of Eneloop batteries. this is getting so expensive and i don't even have a decent lens except the 18-55 kit and my old 50mm 1.7 M lens from my Pentax MX. i actually haven't put it on my camera and haven't tested it as i am still in the learning curve so manual settings might be too overwhelming for me. i hope this LBA thing will just hit me ever so slowly. maybe 1 lens per 6 months will be ok. but who knows.

thanks a lot,
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I'm doing alright. Still a little groggy considering I kept myself up last night (was scouring this forum trying to unwind after a long day in the office yesterday).

Well ok, you don't have LBA (yet), but right now you've got a mild touch of GAS (Gear Addiction Syndrome) Waiting to see what else you get.

You'll enjoy your M 50/1.7 as soon as you learn manual. You may not even pick up the kit lens any more after you see the shots coming out from it. I just purchased one a few days back, but my distance ring isn't rotating with the focus... DOH! I'm ok though, it's a great little lens!

Here's what you will be expecting.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/3260-show-me-some-m-50-1-7-1-4-shots.html

Enjoy!
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wow.. amazing shots. now you got me too excited with that lens. i didn't know it's a jewel. i better hurry up and brush up on my studies.

thanks again,
vic

PS on the GAS, i think i have that. awhile back i bought a PANA FZ7 as my regular camera but wifey found out and asked me to RMA it since she said why do i need 2 cameras for (they don't know our addiction). so being a good hubby - i returned it with regrets though....if only i can sell my other brand new TREO 650.......hmmmmmm
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QuoteOriginally posted by cruiserlan2000 Quote
PS on the GAS, i think i have that. awhile back i bought a PANA FZ7 as my regular camera but wifey found out and asked me to RMA it since she said why do i need 2 cameras for (they don't know our addiction). so being a good hubby - i returned it with regrets though....if only i can sell my other brand new TREO 650.......hmmmmmm
Oh dear, GAS has got you that bad! Just wait for that LBA to kick in, your wife's going to have your head.

The 1.2, 1.4 and 1.7's are all regarded quite highly. I want to see some 2's though. I'm borrowing a M 55/2 from a friend, and that's what prompted me to get my own 50 - needed to get one of my own before I return this. Now I'm hunting for my own 135mm/2.8 because it's my friend's other lens (Gemini 135/2.8 MACRO), what a gem . Old glass, so good. So I've got a touch of LBA prompted by some lens envy.

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