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04-19-2010, 02:49 AM   #1
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Lens dilemma

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I'm thinking of getting myself a new lens (LBA tells me to buy more though...), and I was waiting to see how the new sigma 70-200 would come out. Well it seems like it's going to be quite expensive, around 1700$, so I started to look at some alternatives.
I will use it for wedding shots, and since my lady has taking up riding, I'll shoot some pics of her aswell. That means it needs to be fairly fast.
My options is:
1. blow the budget on the new sigma 70-200
2. sigma 50-150
3. Pentax 60-250, only thing here is that it is f4.

Any suggestions (aside from buying all) are welcome

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f/4 is a very useable aperture in low light, but f/2.8 is indeed a bonus.
So I'm a fan of the 70-200 lenses, the Tamron one in particular for its superior IQ particularly at f/2.8-4

I'm not sure what the rules are for importing gear in Sweden, but you can pick up a Tamron 70-200 for under $700 in the US plus shipping. That's the way I got this choice set of glassware and it saved me hundreds of dollars compared with buying it locally.

The new Sigma is of course HSM, similar to the Pentax 60-250, and is good for quiet environments where scredrive AF may be distracting, like church weddings. That said, I've taken my Tamron 70-200 on many weddings and it isn't overly disturbing to the people nearby.
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I guess a DA*50-135/2.8 can not be excluded if you have the Sigma 50-150 in your options.
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Importing from Non-EU countries (possibly with Norway as an exception) incurs a 6% tarrif on lenses (0% on cameras) and a 25% VAT in Sweden.

Both are on the total price of the package, including shipping and handling.

Not sure how customs handle camera kits though, but personally I'd budget with the entire thing getting hit with the 6% tarrif. That way you'll end up with money left over if you're wrong

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The tammy is also an option yes, i have the 28-75 and it's not noise free, but noone has complained at weddings yet
As of the DA* 50-135, well knowing myself i always end up wanting longer stuff for some strange reason, but it got two things over the 60-250. Cheaper and faster.
Importing to sweden will cost me 25% vat, so it doesn't make things that much cheaper, unless i'm lucky.
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QuoteOriginally posted by thosan Quote
Importing to sweden will cost me 25% vat, so it doesn't make things that much cheaper, unless i'm lucky.
So buy it locally. As we say here, local is lekker
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Is this the same Sigma 70-200 that should be $1700 ?

http://www.cyberphoto.se/info.php?article=70-200macro2pe
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Jyrika: Nope, that's the old one.
sterretje: That was my plan, if I only can decide which friggin lens to get, can always hope to win a fortune on lottery and buy'em all
Does f/4 work if you can't use flash and don't want to bump the iso to the moon? I'm going to use the lens on a K-7. It's just one stop faster then 2.8, but the question is how much the will cost me in iso bump.

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I have decided that I'm going to buy a lens tomorow (friday), just got my salary today The problem is that I'm not 100% sure on which lens to get. I', down to 2 lenses atm and those are
pentax 50 -135 and sigma 50 - 150.
Sigma is cheaper, has longer reach, seems to have a slightly faster AF and more or less the same IQ as pentax.
Pentax has the advantage of having weather sealing and is probably better built.
Is there any advanatges/dis advantages that I have missed?
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QuoteOriginally posted by thosan Quote
Is there any advanatges/dis advantages that I have missed?
What about a higher resale value of the Pentax? Granted, you will never notice this if you never sell the lens, but...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jyrkira Quote
Is this the same Sigma 70-200 that should be $1700 ?

Objektiv telezoom Sigma EX 70-200/2,8 II APO HSM DG Macro till Pentax AF
Here you have the new one, only SEK 15000~US $1900
Sigma EX 70-200/2,8 APO HSM DG OS for Pentax/Samsung - Hitta lägsta pris, omdömen och information om Objektiv
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Yeah i have seen that price and that's when i more or less ruled it out, a bit too expensive for my taste.
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