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11-16-2009, 01:36 AM   #1
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HI All

im sure this sort of question has been asked about a thousand times before but......i am thinking about buying a new lense to suit my K7.

So just as a background i have

Sigma 28-300(F3.5-6.3)
Sigma 18-50 (F3.5-5.6)
Sigma 28-80 (F3.5-5.6) Macro

Now what i would like is a much faster lens than i currently have. Howver i do like the versatility of the zoom lenses.

I am thinking about getting the Sigma 24-60 2.8 EX DG which with a constant max aperture of F2.8 is a fair bit faster than any of my other lenses.

What i would like to know is if you can recommend any other lens that may be better than this one (given a budget of around $500-600 AUD)

look forward to your advise

Adrian

11-16-2009, 04:03 AM   #2
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Well Adrian, there are a number of fast wide-normal zoom options for you to consider - all of which offer good IQ and reasonable versatility:

Starting from widest to longest:
1. Pentax DA* 16-50 - not cheap, but may be close to your budget limit at the moment, and definitely top of the range for build and image quality.
2. Tamron 17-50 - cheaper than the Pentax yet close to it in IQ, but not as well built and not WR.
3. Sigma 17-70 - popular and cheap, but not fast throughout the focal range - not my pick.
4. Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 - not expensive and OK quality - but I'm not for Sigmas...
5. Tamron 28-75 - an excellent choice with a good range (if 28mm is not too long) and very very good IQ.

There are others, but I haven't seen them being sold all that often.
Also check the forum's lens review database for more info...
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