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08-25-2009, 06:06 PM   #16
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I used Sigma EX 24-70 for 3 years. I used as my primary lens for everyday and vacation. I loved the image quality. However it is pretty heavy lens and requires 82mm filter. Now I moved to DA* lenses and sold off 24-70. The main reason is the focus issue (speed and accuracy) and weight. DA* 16-50 has better focus speed than 24-70.. and it's slient too.

QuoteOriginally posted by C.W Tsorotes Quote
Currently I am looking at the

EX 24-70mm f2.8


EX 70-200mm f2.8

Price wise they are both very appealing. I had the pleasure of testing a 70-200 on a K20 in melb city today, I must say I was very impressed with the focus speed on this camera, I used it in AF-C and was really impressed with tracking people on elizabeth st.

I wasn't able to test out the 24-70mm but wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
I think it is a question of where your len kit started, and also, that the 70-200 for example is a great lens for shooting stage performances as well as wild life.
That was my thinking when I got the Sigma EX 100-300 F4 to use with my MZ-S. However, if I had to do it over again I would have got the 70-200 and then a longer lens ...perhaps a 400. It was that lesson that caused me to go with the 16-50 and 50-135 and then some longer primes after switching to an DSLR.

And btw, I used the 50-135 for stage and found it just about the right range for that work. There are times I wish I could go wider and times I wish I could get narrower, for say a head shot. But shooting during a production doesn't allow a lot of opportunity to switch lenses or cameras, so I shot the whole production with my K-7 and 50-135 stuck to my face. Previously, with my MZ-S and 28-70 or 100-300 I found the latter too long and would use my 28-70 and then crop. Not the best solution.

Anyway, each to their own, but I still think folks that try to use a 24/28-70 as their standard zoom will find they are missing the wider end; OK if you had one to start, as I did, but I wouldn't go that range if I were buying a lens for an APS size DSLR.

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