Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
01-16-2009, 09:56 PM   #1
Inactive Account




Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Tampa FL
Posts: 63
Anyone use this lens? The price is calling my name...

Hey,

Anyone use this lens? Should I not even waste my time and money?

Sigma | 28-70mm f/2.8-4 Compact High Speed Zoom AF Lens | 634109

Jrock

01-16-2009, 10:36 PM   #2
Veteran Member
mithrandir's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Maryland
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,890
I've had one for the better part of a year and its very nice for the price. Great walk around lens.
01-16-2009, 11:13 PM   #3
Veteran Member
Jewelltrail's Avatar

Join Date: May 2008
Location: Rhode Island
Photos: Albums
Posts: 4,180
There are 11 owner-written reviews of the non-DG version here:

FM Reviews - 28-70mm f2.8-4 High Speed Zoom
01-17-2009, 06:17 AM   #4
Inactive Account




Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Tampa FL
Posts: 63
Original Poster
Hmm, looks ok I guess, I would think this is a good kit replacement. Do you think this would make a good portrait / indoor lens? Or should I maybe look for a FA 50mm for indoor shooting...

01-17-2009, 08:38 AM   #5
Veteran Member
mithrandir's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Maryland
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,890
I found it works great indoors with a flash on my K10D. For available light, however, I picked up the FA 50mm f1.4. A lot depends on which camera you are using. It would probably be pretty good for available light on the less noisy K20D.
01-17-2009, 02:27 PM   #6
Inactive Account




Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Tampa FL
Posts: 63
Original Poster
I guess that answers my question. I also use the K10d, I will look for a good deal on the FA 50mm for indoor shots.

Thanks for the feedback.

Jrock
01-17-2009, 02:55 PM   #7
Veteran Member




Join Date: May 2007
Location: Tirana, Albania, South Europe, Planet Earth
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 621
Myself, if I had to spend that much money, I'd buy a used sigma 24-60mm f/2.8 from the forum's marketplace.
01-17-2009, 03:07 PM   #8
Inactive Account




Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Tampa FL
Posts: 63
Original Poster
I don't see that lens in the marketplace

01-17-2009, 03:54 PM   #9
Inactive Account




Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,972
They come up...you just have to be patient.

Another option would be a used Tamron 28-75 f2.8. It's a beauty!

c[_]
01-17-2009, 04:48 PM   #10
Inactive Account




Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Tampa FL
Posts: 63
Original Poster
Coffee do you have that Tamron lens? I found an auction on EBAY for it.
01-17-2009, 07:19 PM   #11
Inactive Account




Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,972
I do. It's an awesome lens - quite usable at f2.8 all through the focal lengths. I've never used past f5.6 (as I'm a portrait person) and it really shines at f4/5.6. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as long as the focal lengths are what you shoot. It's bulkier than the DA50-200mm (which I had and sold because I never used it), but not to the point of being heavy - it's more solid and well balanced in my opinion.

I picked up the lens to replace my kit lens and loved it. Lots of people on this site have said that they've gotten copies that front focus or back focus, but mine's smack on.

I enjoyed this focal range so much that I ended up picking up primes at the beginning (35mm), middle (50mm) and end (77mm) - which makes up my whole kit. Personally, I never need to shoot wider than 28mm, and never beyond 77mm. My wife uses the zoom on one of our K10D's (which she prefers), and I use the primes on our other K10D. Works very well.

$300 brand new is an absolute steal for this lens in my opinion.

Hope this info helps!

c[_]
01-17-2009, 07:23 PM   #12
Inactive Account




Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,972
Forgot to mention...you can check out samples of this lens on Flickr. I'm sure you will be pleased.

Also...you may want to snag one of these lenses from the marketplace on this site - that way you can chat with the seller and get a good sense of it's condition. They typically go for around $250'ish. They come up pretty regularly also, but you can put an ad in the wanted section. With lots of folks jumping over to the DA* 16-50 / 50-135 these lenses come up regularly.

c[_]
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
k-mount, lens, pentax lens, slr lens
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dutchman calling in Cor G. Welcomes and Introductions 7 01-27-2010 12:44 PM
Ireland Calling! ancatdubh Welcomes and Introductions 1 01-25-2009 09:15 PM
Hello to London Calling London Calling Welcomes and Introductions 1 03-11-2008 04:29 AM
Hello hello, Scotland calling Lucky Poet Welcomes and Introductions 4 02-19-2008 07:06 PM
calling for Bjorsa JCSullivan Photographic Technique 5 12-02-2007 06:40 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:53 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top