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03-21-2014, 07:08 AM   #616
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B&H hasn't canceled the orders like it did with the Sigma 120-300/2.8, so I'm assuming we're still going to see this lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Clinton Quote
B&H hasn't canceled the orders like it did with the Sigma 120-300/2.8, so I'm assuming we're still going to see this lens.
See my post here for the last thing I heard from an official source. No photos yet from any of the "I have it in Pentax mount" folks... so still vaporware at this point.
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QuoteOriginally posted by panoguy Quote
I'm assuming we're still going to see this lens.
I just hope I'm still around when it arrives. ;~)
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The fact that Sigma is answering questions on the arrival of the lens with actual dates is a good sign. If it were truly vaporware, we'd just be hearing "We do plan to release it but a date has not been set yet."

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I made a slight edit to his review, just to eliminate any confusion.
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM (Art) Lens Reviews - Sigma Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
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QuoteOriginally posted by Parallax Quote
I made a slight edit to his review, just to eliminate any confusion.
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM (Art) Lens Reviews - Sigma Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
"Slight edit" indeed...
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Wouldn't it be easier to just delete the false review?
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Yes, it would.

Old sheriff's proverb: "Shoot one, teach a hundred."


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If it can help anyone... I ordered and paid for my 18-35 a few weeks ago (from Henry's) not knowing it wasn't available. I was also mislead by both Henry's website (stating lens is available from supplier) and by a sales person who assured me I'd get it by the end of the month. After reading this tread, I decided to ask Gentec (Sigma Canada) for more info... here are both my e-mail and the reply from "Rose" at Gentec.

Original e-mail:

Sent: Monday, March 10, 2014 7:29 PM
To: info
Subject: sigma art 18-35mm f1.8 dc hsm lens for pentax mount

I just ordered a sigma art 18-35mm f1.8 dc hsm lens for pentax mount from Henry's Online store. I contacted one of their store to make sure I could get the lens in time for my spring holidays. The salesperson assured me that I'd get my lens by the end of the month.

But I just read that this actual lens is not yet available in either Sony or Pentax mount and is scheduled for availability only in early-May.

Can you tell me if this lens is indeed available in Pentax K mount? Or was I mislead by Henry's in order to get an order from me? Henry's clearly state that this lens is available from their supplier.

Thanks in advance.

And the reply:

Hello Francis
The estimate time to us on the Pentax mount is Mid April ( not confirmed )
If you would like to touch base with us end of March I should have a better confirmed estimate time of arrival
Rose
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fgaudet, thanks for posting that.
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well, that's going on for too long imo, their answer always seems to be (current date + 30 days) as release date. They just push the release date further and further and in the end they probably announce they can't release a PK version due to "technical difficulties"...
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Making this lens in K mount would probably cause them to stop production on one or both of the Canikon versions. As long as the Canikon versions are selling stronger than the projected sales of the K mount version it only makes good business sense for them to keep the Canikon versions in production. I'm sure they realize the demand is there for a K mount version and it will be available when its in Sigma's best interest financially to do so.

Economics sucks...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mr Hyde Quote
Making this lens in K mount would probably cause them to stop production on one or both of the Canikon versions. As long as the Canikon versions are selling stronger than the projected sales of the K mount version it only makes good business sense for them to keep the Canikon versions in production. I'm sure they realize the demand is there for a K mount version and it will be available when its in Sigma's best interest financially to do so.

Economics sucks...
But just think, even though Canon and Nikon users are already enjoying their 18-35mm's, yours is going to be STABILIZED when you finally get it, so you're going to be able to get the most out of that f/1.8. So I don't know if economics sucks, but I would say that it sucks to have a camera without sensor stabilization.
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For a short focal length at f/1.8 ... stabilization is not such an issue. I often forget my K5 in "IR Remote" mode (which disables SR) and unless I'm shooting in very bad light (slower than 1/60 shutter), SR or not doesn't really show with <100mm lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by fgaudet Quote
For a short focal length at f/1.8 ... stabilization is not such an issue. I often forget my K5 in "IR Remote" mode (which disables SR) and unless I'm shooting in very bad light (slower than 1/60 shutter), SR or not doesn't really show with <100mm lenses.
I've heard that before from Canon/Nikon users (apologists ), but I don't really buy it. SR is great to have at any and all focal lengths. There are tons of situations where going below 1/60 sec comes in handy. When using good technique with a wide-angle lens with SR, it's crazy how close you can come to 1 sec handheld exposures and still end up with usable pictures.

When DRreview tested the Nikon 16-35mm VR, they also evaluated the VR system. If you go to page 5 of the review, you'll see that even at wide angles VR still made a BIG difference in hand-held keeper rates at low shutter speeds.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm 1:4G ED VR review: Digital Photography Review

BTW, I believe the VR testing was done on a full-frame camera since the 16-35mm is an FX lens. So that means that on APS-C, the VR system would be even more important due to the 1.5x crop/multiplication factor, so you would see even bigger differences between VR and non-VR keeper rates. There's a reason that Nikon included VR on an ultra-wide FX zoom lens (basically equivalent to 10-20mm on APS-C).

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