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01-02-2010, 09:58 AM   #1
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Sigma 70-200 & 100-300 for DA 60-250

I am considering selling my Sigmas 70-200 and 100-300 and getting the DA* 60-250. Reason being is that I don't really use the 70-200 that much and I would sure like to have the weatherseal here in Seattle. My 100-300 isn't really long enough a lot of the times so I am going to take a hit there but future plans are to get a 300/2.8 to use with TCs so I will get my distance back. ( Man, I wish Sigma would put out there 120-300/2.8 in K mount.)
Who knows, by the time I am ready Pentax might have their supertele out.
Since I have the K7 I can bump up the ISO which on the K20 I wouldn't use above 400, the K7 I have no problems using 800 so essentially, I still have some good speed @ f4.

Anyway, I just want to here some thoughts. I really haven't heard anything bad about the Pentax 60-250, although I can say nothing but good about my Sigma 100-300.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts

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There was a 300/2.8 on the marketplace not long ago...
Bold move Oren - the WR is an added bonus with the 60-250.
Hope you strike the right balance for yourself - you could probably do away with the 70-200 but that 100-300 is sure keeper...
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There was a 300/2.8 on the marketplace not long ago...
Bold move Oren - the WR is an added bonus with the 60-250.
Hope you strike the right balance for yourself - you could probably do away with the 70-200 but that 100-300 is sure keeper...
I don't quite have the cash for the 300/2.8 yet so that was reason I didn't jump on it.

Quote "but that 100-300 is sure keeper.." thats the dilemma, but having that range covered @f4 by another excellent lens is the other dilemma. Its a tough one.

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You can always make a short cut and sell 100-300/4 (and also the 70-200) for the FA*300/2.8 or the sigma one.

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You can always make a short cut and sell 100-300/4 (and also the 70-200) for the FA*300/2.8 or the sigma one.
Believe me I have considered that and I still may, I just don't like the hole it leaves.
I am kind of waiting for tax time also.
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First dibs on your 100-300/4 if you sell it.


I've been wanting one for ages now ... but the price is prohibitive in Australia ($2,500 +)
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Oren, I've thought through this a few times as well. Not purchasing the 300/2.8, but selling the Sigma for the Pentax. I started a thread like this a few months back. I also believe in this Pentax color thingamajig, so a bigger incentive. At the end, the Sigma 100-300 is so good, I couldn't pull the trigger. The size can be an issue, but I need that 300mm end at F4. I sometimes think of changing things when I don't have any toher purchases in the pipeline....now, I am thinking of getting the DA15/4 and the sigma 30/1.4, so this switch is out of my mind, but I know what you are going through, and I wish I have an answer....
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Since I got my Sigma 100-300mm f4 I don't use the Pentax 60-250mm.

If you werent in the USA I would be tempted to do you some sort of trade for your 2 lenses with the 60-250mm.

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Sell the Sigma 70-200mm and get the Sigma 50-150mm or Pentax 50-135mm.

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I think the Sigma 100-300 is a keeper. Mine is super sharp and it works well with the dedicated 1.4 TC. The 120-300 is a good lens too and the f/2.8 is worth having but it's heavier and more expensive. You could use a Rainsleeve if you're worried about weatherproofing. Probably not a bad idea in any case.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mechan1k Quote
First dibs on your 100-300/4 if you sell it.


I've been wanting one for ages now ... but the price is prohibitive in Australia ($2,500 +)
I'll keep you in mind if I decide to go that way, at 2,500 I undersand why your holding out.

QuoteOriginally posted by pcarfan Quote
Oren, I've thought through this a few times as well. Not purchasing the 300/2.8, but selling the Sigma for the Pentax. I started a thread like this a few months back. I also believe in this Pentax color thingamajig, so a bigger incentive. At the end, the Sigma 100-300 is so good, I couldn't pull the trigger. The size can be an issue, but I need that 300mm end at F4. I sometimes think of changing things when I don't have any toher purchases in the pipeline....now, I am thinking of getting the DA15/4 and the sigma 30/1.4, so this switch is out of my mind, but I know what you are going through, and I wish I have an answer....
I just don't seem to use the 70-200 that much so to simplify things and lighten the load I think this would be good only because I plan to cover the 300mm later.
But my main concern right now is trying to save for that 300/2.8 so I can get to 600mm.


QuoteOriginally posted by Mike.P Quote
Since I got my Sigma 100-300mm f4 I don't use the Pentax 60-250mm.

If you werent in the USA I would be tempted to do you some sort of trade for your 2 lenses with the 60-250mm.
How would you compare the 2 as far as sharpness and color rendering.
Or maybe you already answered that question?

QuoteOriginally posted by Russell-Evans Quote
Sell the Sigma 70-200mm and get the Sigma 50-150mm or Pentax 50-135mm.

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I'm not trying to go shorter.

QuoteOriginally posted by wtlwdwgn Quote
I think the Sigma 100-300 is a keeper.
Thats the voice I keep hearing in my head
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I went through the same dilemma, and had to sell all my long pentax lenses to fund a canon 300mm f2.8 . The FA*300 2.8 I couldn't get serviced correctly and had no choice. I don't like the controls on the 40d but the AF with the ring USM motor is really, really fast. If you are spending that much on a lens the body is pretty secondary, to me and there are alot more choices. I got a 40d refurb and 400mm f5.6 for what people try to sell old used pentax FA*400mm f5.6 lenses. Just something else to think about.
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QuoteOriginally posted by OrenMc Quote
I'm not trying to go shorter.
Then you don't need the 60-250mm. :ugh:

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Oren, I am quickly finding out that even the 100-300 is a large lens, and just doesn't fit into my plan of getting multiple small lenses for my k-7. So, anything to reach 600, even 300/2.8 with TC is going to be bulky and will find very little use.

Also, I don't print any photographs taken with long lenses, and I can see me needing something like this for safari's or other dedicated photo trips only, and I am planning to rent long lenses for such occasions.

But, if you will use these super telephotos more frequently, I will save up for the 300/2.8 and keep the 100-300 for now.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pcarfan Quote
I can see me needing something like this for safari's or other dedicated photo trips only, and I am planning to rent long lenses for such occasions.
The rental agreement I looked at was specific about taking a lens out of the country. Have you found a place that doesn't have restrictions on travel?

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