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05-31-2007, 06:24 AM   #1
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DA 50-200 or Sigma APO 70-300

I'm dying for opinions on which of these two lenses takes better pictures.
I have seen a comparison which seemed to show that Sigma pics are brighter and more colorful. Appreciate any help. Freddy

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i really like the light weight and small size of the 50-200. i haven't used mine enough to give you a good example of what it can do, but i shot these last night out of boredom with my k10d.





i took this shot on an overcast day. the colors and contrast are pretty good given the light.



the sweet spot at 200mm is around f7.1, i haven't tried program mtf mode at 50mm.
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attack, I think that's d--n excellent for shots taken out of boredom.
Thanks for going to all that effort to upload these fine shots to me. Freddy
P.S. They must be really superb when printed out!
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I have the Sigma 70-300mm APO DG version. Didn't use it much. It is a large and slightly heavy lens. It has a close-up feature which works between the 200-300mm range. This allows for 1:4 shots. Naturally, I cannot make a comparison with the Pentax lens you mention. However, I was happy using my Sigma while I was carrying it with me. I guess it is also significantly cheaper (even the APO one) than the Pentax lens.
I am thinking of using its wider end (70mm) for portrait work. Need more time...
Good luck on your decision.

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QuoteOriginally posted by fevbusch Quote
I'm dying for opinions on which of these two lenses takes better pictures.
I have seen a comparison which seemed to show that Sigma pics are brighter and more colorful. Appreciate any help. Freddy
Freddy,
I used the Sigma a great deal from about 1999 until it was stolen in December. I found it as sharp as a Sigma 70-200 from 5.6 on. I also liked the extra reach on the Ds, though it was heavy.
When all my gear was stolen in December, I replaced it with the DA 50-200, which I have grown to love, though I miss the extra 100mm (150mm on digital).

This link is to a gallery of photos taken with the sigma: Erl Houston : photos : Field Day 2006 - powered by SmugMug

This link is to a gallery of mine with photo taken with the Pentax: Erl Houston : photos : Field Day 2007 - powered by SmugMug

The event in the galleies is the same, one year later with different lighting (sunny vs. overcast). I hope it helps in your decision. Either way you can't go wrong. They are both great lenses. The sigma has a longer reach but is heavier and has macro (?).
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Thank you Erl. Really succesful shots, hardly a clinker in both bunches.
It looks like the Pentax shots, as you said, were shot on a sunny day.
i'm very happy with the Pentax results. So far, I'm really leaning to the 50-200. Great price, little weight for my arthritic hands and will fit in my present camera bag.
what more could you ask for. Thanks for directing me to your site. Freddy
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I don't have the Sigma to compare to, but I do have the DA 50-200mm. When I was in the market for a telephoto zoom, I was looking at the 50-200mm vs the Sigma and Tamron options of 70/75-300mm.

I ended up going with the Pentax because of the size. The 50-200 is only slightly larger and heavier than the 18-55mm so it'll feel familiar. Also, the 50-200 shares the same 52mm filter size as the 18-55, so you don't have to buy new filters. Even if you were to buy more filters, 52mm filters tend to be slightly cheaper than the 58mm and 62mm filters used on the other lenses.
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Another item to consider is the Pentax 50-200 is the complement of the kit lens it appears you have. I asked for (and received!) one for my Birthday. They fit the same padded belt pouch I bought from B&H, the 18-55 is perhaps a 1/4 inch shorter. I do not have to learn the nuances of another brand lens. I helped keep Pentax in business.

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Yeah, the Pentax 50-200 is very attractive for a lot of good reasons, it seems.
Thanks, Freddy
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Hi Freddy.

In general, pentax 50-200 is a much better lens comparing to sigma 70-300

Sigma 70-300 can be very soft under certain lighting conditions and its poor contrast images are quite well known ... If a photography opportunity is great, the shots are always great regardless what lens is used. This lens is good for the money it asks for but it is certainly not as good as 50-200

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Thanks for your helpful input, Ro. Good to hear from you. Freddy
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So the Pentax is definitely the one to get for image quality?
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QuoteOriginally posted by SupremeMoFo Quote
So the Pentax is definitely the one to get for image quality?
Supreme. Can you elaborate. I don't understand the question mark. Freddy
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Question mark because that's all I care about here, since I'd honestly prefer the extra bulk of the Sigma.
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Bought the 50-200 today. No pics yet. 52mm filter size is nice & cheap, hehe.
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