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09-18-2009, 09:27 AM   #1
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Cheap lenses?

What do you guys think of this deal?

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Sigma 253091540 28-80 mm and 70-300 mm Two Lens Zoom Kit Plus Gadget Bag for Pentax AF

Combining two of Sigma's most popular lenses and a compact camera bag - this complete kit is also a great bargain for the SLR Photographer. This set includes Sigma's 28-80 mm F3.5-5.6 and 70-300 mm F4-5.6 Autofocus Zoom lenses, rugged and stylish mini-gadget bag for your camera, lenses and other equipment that you'll need to take those award winning photographs destined to be in future.
$98.06

Sigma 253091540 Sigma 253091540 28-80 mm and 70-300 mm Two Lens Zoom Kit Plus Gadget Bag for Pentax AF

09-18-2009, 09:39 AM   #2
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I don't know about the bag but as far as the lenses go. They are both budget consumer zooms. Some people are happy with the new APO DG version of the 70-300 but somehow I don't think that's what you'd be getting. And 28 will not be wide enough for many situations and anyway I don't think it's better lens than DA18-55 kit if you have one.
So, to sum it up, I wouldn't buy it. I've learnt my lesson with cheap lenses: they are hard to live with and even harder to get rid of, save Takumars and some other old but good glass that goes for cheap.

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09-18-2009, 09:48 AM   #3
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If those are the lenses you are looking for, the price is good. That said, I think the $100 should be combined with another $2-300 and look for a DA 55-300mm and 18-55 kit lens
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If you don't have the price for the excellent DA 55-300, you can do what I did and get a Quantaray (tamron rebadge) 70-300mm which I've heard is sharper (but more CA) than the Sigma. I got mine on ebay for $60..

The 28-80mm I have heard is.. not so good. Kit lens is supposed to be significantly better.

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Thanks for the excellent advice. I agree it is smarter to save up for a better lens.
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It's a decent enough price. I got the 70-300 as part of the package deal with my camera. I have taken a lot of very good shots with that lens and the close up/macro mode does a very good job. The 28-80 I don't know much about. I would agree that the 55-300 is a much better lens if you have the extra money. If you don't, the 70-300 Sigma is capable of some good stuff and if all you can part with is a hundred bucks it's worth it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Eruditass Quote
If you don't have the price for the excellent DA 55-300, you can do what I did and get a Quantaray (tamron rebadge) 70-300mm which I've heard is sharper (but more CA) than the Sigma. I got mine on ebay for $60..

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I agree. Got mine from a closing Ritz for $75
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