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05-14-2007, 03:31 AM   #1
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Another DA*50-135 vs Sigma 70-200 (ordered!)

OK. So I need a fast telezoom by the start of September, 4 months away.

The DA*50-135 might not be out by then, or might not be available because I haven't preordered.

The Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX DG APO - Sigma Zoom Telephoto 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Autofocus Lens for Pentax AF (568109) -
is just AU$900 at the current exchange rate + postage.

The HSM version is listed as "coming soon" on Sigma's website, and is on Adorama for $889 - more than the 50-135.

Any word on the Sigma 50-150 f2.8 for Pentax? No word on the Sigma website - but it's gotta be in the works...


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Sigma is waiting for Da*50-135 to be released first, checking out its SDM and back technology the speed motor thing before coming up with 50-150 f2.8 ...

The price of AU 900 for sigma 70-200 f2.8 is more expensive than the price I acquire mine brand new 6 months ago from Cameta auctions ... It was AU 799 dollars for me. I guess every thing attached to pentax brand is getting more expensive each day ...
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Cameta don't do new gear though?

Slim chance the Sigma 50-150 will be out in time then.

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Cameta don't do new gear though?
Huh??!? My DA50-200 from them was brand new. They are reputable. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase from them again.

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Their website is fairly useless then.
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QuoteOriginally posted by roentarre Quote
Sigma is waiting for Da*50-135 to be released first, checking out its SDM and back technology the speed motor thing before coming up with 50-150 f2.8 ...

The price of AU 900 for sigma 70-200 f2.8 is more expensive than the price I acquire mine brand new 6 months ago from Cameta auctions ... It was AU 799 dollars for me. I guess every thing attached to pentax brand is getting more expensive each day ...
Don't be too anxious about the EX 50-150/2.8. Nikonians have done comparisons with the Tokina ATX 50-135/2.8 and the Sigma 50-150/2.8 and the tokina lays waste to the 50-150.
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Yeah, I saw that posted on here, it was a good deal sharper. Why is the bloody Tokina out and the Pentax not???? Grrr...
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QuoteOriginally posted by SupremeMoFo Quote
OK. So I need a fast telezoom by the start of September, 4 months away.

The DA*50-135 might not be out by then, or might not be available because I haven't preordered.

The Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX DG APO - Sigma Zoom Telephoto 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Autofocus Lens for Pentax AF (568109) -
is just AU$900 at the current exchange rate + postage.

The HSM version is listed as "coming soon" on Sigma's website, and is on Adorama for $889 - more than the 50-135.

Any word on the Sigma 50-150 f2.8 for Pentax? No word on the Sigma website - but it's gotta be in the works...

Just my $.02.....

I'd wait for the Pentax glass. I had the EXDG, and it was a nice lens that treated me well, but the focus was rather slow. If you don't need that AF speed it might not make much of a difference, but if you shoot action at all, you might wanna' wait and see how Pentax's newest turns out. If it gets down to the wire you can almost always pick up an EXDG.

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Looks like I'm forced to get the Sigma. Adorama.com has it listed as August... that's just too late.
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I'm sure the 70-200 will do fine. Just that the 50-150 doesn't have what it takes to stack up against the Tokina.

Had Pentax continued or even release a DA*80-200/2.8, it would have been a sweeter deal because of the extra reach.
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I just ordered the Sigma 70-200 from Adorama and they are telling me 10 to 14 days for shipment. I also ordered the battery grip and a UV filter for the lens at the same time. I placed my order about 4 days ago so we'll see if Adorama's shipping estimate is accurate.

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I just ordered it too, from a camera shop chain we've got here. The EX APO (non-DG) version, to save $150.
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Shawn,

I purchased one of the EX DG 70-200 f/2.8 a few months back. I ran sime resolution bench tests and found the lens to be extremely sharp. I took it out on a leash () for my first outdoor shooting to see if it could really perform in the real world. All I can tell you is that it is an outstanding lens.

I had thought about putting out the 1800 bucks for a used Pentax * 80-200 f/2.8 but now feel...why?

I have a couple of images that I shot of Mo Rocca in Bryant Park, NYC yesterday morning (posted in the Post Your Photos section of this forum) and think that the lens showed a remarkable ability for sharpness...in challenging light and hand held.

If you purchased the Macro version, the sharpness may not be quite as good as the non macro version...but very good none the less.

Hope you get yours soon and hope you enjoy it.

I must say, that having carried it around NYC yesterday, I am really looking forward to Pentax's 50-135*DA. Sometimes I felt that 70mm on the Sigma was just a touch to tele for my needs. That said, it is a wonderful lens that will see a lot of use on my camera. I think this lens can stand up with any of the f2.8 zooms by any of the OEM camera companes.

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I have the Sigma 70-200EX (non DG version) and love it. Even with a 2xTC its sharp.
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