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08-12-2009, 07:58 AM   #16
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Gary, you already know how I feel about this lens, especially since I urged you to get one. Even though I have the DA*16-50, I absolutely refuse to part with this lens. Wide open, the 24-60 is substantially sharper than the 16-50 and there is no PF to speak of. And my copy of the 16-50 is a good one.

The only advantage the 16-50 has is range at the wide end, SDM, and weathersealing. Other than that, the 24-60 kicks its butt all day long....

Some test pics with 100% crops in this thread:
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08-12-2009, 12:08 PM   #17
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I figured you'd find your way to this thread sooner or later Alan and show off some of your 24-60 shots. You've been using and praising it for quite some time now.
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Yeah, aside from the 10-17 which I rebought, this lens is the only one I regret selling, even moreso as it is no longer available. I contemplated starting a bidding war with the seller, but decided against it. (insert thread starter's forum name here!)
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I'm on my third attempt for this lens. First I was sent a Canon mount, then my copy was front focusing, then another copy was back focusing - so it's been sent off to Sigma for callibration or whatever they do with it. Should be worth it though, I'm hoping the callibration means it's a good copy when I finally get it back.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pxpaulx Quote
Yeah, aside from the 10-17 which I rebought, this lens is the only one I regret selling, even moreso as it is no longer available. I contemplated starting a bidding war with the seller, but decided against it. (insert thread starter's forum name here!)
It wouldn't have lasted long, I would have given you a temporary ban.
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Got my new lens yesterday and went out for some test shots but having problems adjusting from the sigma 10-20. I guess because of the narrow DOF I will need to shoot at about f22 to everyhting in focus (for landscapes). Tried some indoor shots at f3.5 at it looks very sharp with beautiful bokeh. Any advice on how to get the best out of this lens will be appreciated!
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f/22 will almost certainly give you softness from diffraction. Better to use an understanding of hyperfocal distance to achieve overall sharpness
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QuoteOriginally posted by Damn Brit Quote
It wouldn't have lasted long, I would have given you a temporary ban.
Well, as long as you are enjoying it, I will sit and wait for the next listing In the meantime I am going to get acquainted with a new tripod/ballhead this weekend - hoping to find some nice opportunities up in northern MN. If you ever find there isnt room in your bag, at least give me some advance warning of an impending sale!

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QuoteOriginally posted by pxpaulx Quote
Well, as long as you are enjoying it, I will sit and wait for the next listing In the meantime I am going to get acquainted with a new tripod/ballhead this weekend - hoping to find some nice opportunities up in northern MN. If you ever find there isnt room in your bag, at least give me some advance warning of an impending sale!
I'll give you first refusal.
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It warms my heart to see the Sigma love here. I picked up the 24-60 for a whopping $250 about a year ago. I was so impressed with it, that I went ahead and invested in a couple more pieces of Sigma glass, and I would recommend them all to anyone.

24-60 f/2.8 - Spends more time on my K200 than any other zoom.

10-20 f4-5.6 - a close second.

30mm f1.4 - second only to my Pentax-A 50mm 1:1.2 (as far as favorite primes that I actually own are concerned)
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QuoteOriginally posted by pxpaulx Quote
Well, as long as you are enjoying it, I will sit and wait for the next listing In the meantime I am going to get acquainted with a new tripod/ballhead this weekend - hoping to find some nice opportunities up in northern MN. If you ever find there isnt room in your bag, at least give me some advance warning of an impending sale!
Where you headed, BWCA?

Also, Gary! I want first dibs on that 24-60! (or at least 2nd dibs)


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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
Where you headed, BWCA?

Also, Gary! I want first dibs on that 24-60! (or at least 2nd dibs)


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Damn right 2nd! Not quite that far, just up to an uncle-in-law's cabin. never been before but I'm sure it will be relatively nice (place is on Cross Lake, about 50 miles north of mille lacs).
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I totally agree--it's a terrific lens! I almost think Sigma discontinued it because they realized it was worth way more than they were charging.

I've got some very nice primes in that range but never have the feeling that I'm sacrificing much in the way of IQ when I opt for the Sigma.
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I so agree this is might be the best lens deal around when you can find it at a reasonable price since it was d/c'd...I found one new from an authorized retailer for $299 new...I almost bought two but it turned out I got their last copy. Whew!!

I need to get out and shoot some with mine but there are some other priorities around here for us right now so it's going to have to wait. I have some ideas though. Plus I had a lot of practice with my canon mount version...

Gary got a very nice price on his and even though I am really new here...it could not happen to a nicer nut-bar sorta guy...
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Took some quick shots in the local Cafe. This lens certainly has that "certain something" about it! Proving to be a bit different from the 10-20 abd will take some getting used to I expect.




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