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06-13-2013, 10:56 PM   #16
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Imaging-Resource.com just reviewed the lens:
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens review: Awesomely fast lens, awesomely low ($799!) price

"To put it simply, we were really blown away by the image quality of this lens"

06-13-2013, 11:07 PM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cannikin Quote
I find it funny, and kind of sad, that this is the fastest wide angle AF lens available for Pentax, and it's a zoom. Pentax, where are my fast, wide angle (preferably WR) primes?
it's fastest wide angle AF zoom lens on many other systems too...
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the price makes it very interesting as as 16-50 replacement. Loose some range but gain speed!
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QuoteOriginally posted by i83N Quote
it's fastest wide angle AF zoom lens on many other systems too...
Maybe I wasn't clear, but I was pointing out that it is the fastest wide angle AF lens of any kind for Pentax, zoom or not (tied with the old 20mm and 24mm f/1.8 primes also from Sigma).

Indeed, AFAIK, besides the ultra-rare M 35mm f/1.4, the FA 31 is the only wide angle lens faster than f/2 Pentax has ever produced, and is obviously only wide angle on FF.


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A shame it's a "DC" lens which is Sigma's designation for APS-C only. Of course I realize that covering a full frame image circle at f/1.8 may require a much greater feat of engineering. In all honesty, I don't know how they managed it even on APS-C, but still, such a lens can't be used on film and so is of limited value to me. How 'bout an f/2 24-70 for film?
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With this lens and a new Pentax (semi-pro?) APS-C body (which I'm sure is on its way) I can live without FF Pentax for the next two years
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Thank you Sigma for making this possible for Pentax, no more daydreaming of Pentax's Limited zoom.
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they will re-badge this lens and we'll have a pentax limited zoom

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QuoteOriginally posted by hcc Quote
Imaging-Resource.com just reviewed the lens:
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens review: Awesomely fast lens, awesomely low ($799!) price

"To put it simply, we were really blown away by the image quality of this lens"
I have not seen many lens tests as positive as this one.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dankoBanana Quote
the price makes it very interesting as as 16-50 replacement. Loose some range but gain speed!
And lose the weathersealing

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The technical SLRGear lens review link is here:
Sigma Lens: Zooms - Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM "A" (Tested) - SLRgear.com!

seems quite sharp even wide-open, moderate CA, but some slightly weird distortion is going on, SLRGear says. Note too that everyone has been reviewing a prototype pre-production version of the lens so far.
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For the first time ever, Sigma will have my money. I thought it will be priced at $1200 and was like "forget about it", but at $799? wow, aggressive pricing!

This will be my first ever non-PENTAX lens. Way to go Sigma!
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QuoteOriginally posted by thibs Quote
So much for naysayers 'Sigma does nothing for Pentax mount anymore' ...

LOL

Very good news of course.
Agreed ... J
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Makes me wonder if they will add Pentax mounts to some of the already-delivered glass.
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Suddenly the DA* 16-50 looks uncool specially with it's current pricing.
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