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11-25-2009, 03:43 PM   #1
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Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 (non-macro) - should I buy it?

Need some help deciding whether the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 non-macro lens is worth getting. Have read about the better sharpness of the newer, macro version but I have someone offering to sell a mint version for about $150...seems like a great deal as I was looking for a Pentax 16-45 f/4, but for the price, the Sigma seems like a deal too good to pass up. I currently have the Pentax 18-55mm ALII and love the lens but am looking also for an extra stop. Any advice??? Thanks!

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You can never have to many lenses.If you think that the sigma is worth the buy,buy it!For me,I would probably save up a bit more and purchase a 16-45 Pentax.If you look in the Photographic Equipment For Sale Section,you may find a 16-45 for a reasonable price.I just think that if you want the best,it's worth the wait.Goodluck on your choice.
I just had a quick look.FulcrumX29 is selling the 16-45 for $280USD.So have alook and see for yourself.

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11-26-2009, 06:53 PM   #3
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Check the Lens review database for other users' reviews of this lens.
I think it won't disappoint, although I've never used one, others have commented it does the job reasonably well. For the price you can get it for (as long as it's in good working condition) it's a steal.

A rival lens would be the Tamron 17-50.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dcrossman Quote
Need some help deciding whether the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 non-macro lens is worth getting. Have read about the better sharpness of the newer, macro version but I have someone offering to sell a mint version for about $150
That is a very good price for a f2.8 lens. Assuming nothing wrong and not stolen, I would buy it. You won't lose money on it and you'll have an f2.8 lens in your bag.

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Actually the non-Macro version is the sharper one, just because it lacks macro... For that price, buy it. I have kept mine, even after I bought the DA 16-50, because the Sigma is more reliable, and smaller.

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Thanks all for the input! Gonna buy it and start saving again for the DA 16-45mm.
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