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08-23-2009, 06:31 PM   #1
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Which one of the 3 zooms would you keep: Pentax,Tamron, or Sigma

I currently have the DA 10-17 fisheye, which is a keeper, but I was hoping to get some insight to which one of the other 3 lenses I own that you would keep...

I have the standard kit lens: 18-55
Tamron 17-35 f2.8-4
Sigma: 18-50 f2.8 EX DC Macro --- Just sent funds for a used copy from one of the members here. Should have it Tue or Wed.

I am thinking the sigma is the keeper, which was my intent for the purchase, but again this was based upon what I read on this board and others. I don't actually know this from first hand experience, as I don't have the lens yet. Also, even if I did have it and took some shots with it, my rookie eyes probably would still have a hard time.

Anyhow, I would like to get rid of 2 lenses above to utilize the proceeds to put towards getting something on the longer range.

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Despite your rookie eyes, only you will know which one suits you most.
Up to me, it would be the Sigma, though I've never had one to know - my opinion is based more on the fixed wide open aperture and relatively good reviews from others. Though I would much prefer the Tamron 17-50 or Pentax 16-50.

In any case, do go through each of the lenses in different conditions to see which one gives YOU the results you want and has the feel of a favourite lens.

All the best in that.
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If you're going to only keep one I think the Sigma is the keeper as well. I'll buy the Tamron from you so I can pair it up with my 28-75
08-23-2009, 11:48 PM   #4
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I have the Sigma lens, and it's very good. Sharp corner to corner from F4.5, the only negative I can say about it, is a little bit sensitive to flare. The coating is not as good as the SMC: one. But it's very sharp!

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08-24-2009, 06:24 AM   #5
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Cool. This is sort of what I was thinking when I grabbed the Sigma. I liked the constant 2.8. The DA 16-50 would be my ideal lens, but doesn't really fit the budget right now. I guess I just wanted some reassurance.

Edit: USPS just dropped off my Sigma and I think it's a keeper.

Last edited by 41ants; 08-24-2009 at 12:32 PM.

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