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09-29-2016, 08:55 AM - 1 Like   #1
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Pentax K-1 Pro Kit

So every now and then I browse Instagram with the #pentaxk1 and saw this.

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A Pentax x Sigma Pro Kit. Amazingly exquisitely awesome, isn't it?

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Why not the Pentax 31mm LTD? Is this a Ricoh product?, a fake?


I think the Sigma's a great lens, but it's just weird that Ricoh would bundle with a 3rd party manufacturer like that, particularly a competing lens manufacturer.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Qwntm Quote
it's just weird that Ricoh would bundle with a 3rd party manufacturer like that, particularly a competing lens manufacturer.
In some countries (like Australia, and maybe others like Spain) the Pentax distributor is also the Sigma distributor. So it is entirely understandable for such bundles to be offered in some markets. In Australia they've offered Sigma and Pentax bundles for decades.
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This is the perfect pairing, IMO (minus the body scratches, if that still applies).


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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
In some countries (like Australia, and maybe others like Spain) the Pentax distributor is also the Sigma distributor. So it is entirely understandable for such bundles to be offered in some markets. In Australia they've offered Sigma and Pentax bundles for decades.
Back in the film days, it also used to be common to see Pentax and Minolta cameras (and occasionally even Nikons and Canons) bundled with Sigma/Tamron lenses at places like Ritz Camera in the U.S.

Often, the lenses would be rebadged to a house brand (Quantaray, Promaster, etc.), but sometimes they would retain the original badging.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
In some countries (like Australia, and maybe others like Spain) the Pentax distributor is also the Sigma distributor. So it is entirely understandable for such bundles to be offered in some markets. In Australia they've offered Sigma and Pentax bundles for decades.


That makes sense.


It's a great pairing and if the price is better together that's great!
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This is the perfect pairing, IMO (minus the body scratches, if that still applies).
I've really lost trust in Sigma autofocus. On the K-1, the 70-200 HSM II did strange things and now I have the 150-500 which seems quirky too. Maybe sending it away for the new mount will help it.
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I've really lost trust in Sigma autofocus.
I too lost faith mainly due to the disappointingly erratic AF behaviour of my Sigma 35mm f1.4 on the K-3 and K-5, but so far on the K-1 it seems to be behaving. My 70-200 HSM II has always been solid as a rock [touch wood] on K-5/K-3 and now K-1. So Sigma can be worth the gamble.

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I think this kind of collaboration is great, and I hope it encourages Sigma to issue lenses in K-mount.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MadMathMind Quote
I've really lost trust in Sigma autofocus. On the K-1, the 70-200 HSM II did strange things and now I have the 150-500 which seems quirky too. Maybe sending it away for the new mount will help it.
The old lenses seem to have trouble functioning, and the new lenses seem to have trouble focusing consistently. Can't say Sigma has built up a good reputation in that department...

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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
In some countries (like Australia, and maybe others like Spain) the Pentax distributor is also the Sigma distributor. So it is entirely understandable for such bundles to be offered in some markets. In Australia they've offered Sigma and Pentax bundles for decades.
You are right, in Spain that kit is also offered.
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Bundles like this make perfect sense. Pentax should do more like this
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
In some countries (like Australia, and maybe others like Spain) the Pentax distributor is also the Sigma distributor. So it is entirely understandable for such bundles to be offered in some markets. In Australia they've offered Sigma and Pentax bundles for decades.
Yep, i bought my k100D bundled with Sigma 17-70mm DC from an Australian online shop a while ago.
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