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Tamron 70-200 vs. Pentax 80-200 vs. Sigma 70-200

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I have the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 A001, with the matching TC. I have been thinking about something slightly better for sports and longer portrait photography for my K-1 (other than switching to a K-1ii, also in the possible works). The SMC FA Star 80-200 F/2.8 seems to be going for about $400-$500 used. The same is true of the Sigma.

In the user reviews, the Sigma has the best AF, which might be good for sports. I've looked at the review of the three lenses together - for anyone in "real life," did you notice benefits of the Sigma over the others? Or, if you've only used the Pentax or Sigma, what was your experience like?

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I have used the Pentax FA* 80-200 on both the K-1 and K-1ii for horse shows ( with and without teleconverters (tamron 1.4 and 2X)). It was sharp and fast focusing. Because it focuses during auto zoom on the K-1 series, focus is impressive. I personally like the somewhat swirly bokeh of the Pentax better than the Tamron which I used briefly. Can’t comment on the Sigma. My Pentax 150-450 is superb and has displaced other long lenses for sports and wildlife.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pentax Syntax Quote
I have used the Pentax FA* 80-200 on both the K-1 and K-1ii for horse shows ( with and without teleconverters (tamron 1.4 and 2X)). It was sharp and fast focusing. Because it focuses during auto zoom on the K-1 series, focus is impressive. I personally like the somewhat swirly bokeh of the Pentax better than the Tamron which I used briefly. Canít comment on the Sigma. My Pentax 150-450 is superb and has displaced other long lenses for sports and wildlife.
I have the 150-450mm, which I love. However, for basketball and portraits, it's a bit long. Thank you!
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