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03-01-2013, 10:14 PM   #1
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Sigma 50-150mm f2.8 EX II HSM - (for Pentax) Great condition. FREE SHIPPING IN AUST. Marketplace Listing

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Sigma 50-150mm f2.8 EX II HSM - (for Pentax) Great condition with case

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Newcastle (Australia)

Item Description
I am selling the esteemed Sigma 50-150mm f2.8 EX (in Pentax K mount).
This lens is highly sought after because it is no longer available in Pentax mount, but boasts a few key advantages over the Pentax DA* equivalent, which is a very expensive lens anyway.

The advantages are:
1. Autofocus speed. The HSM is significantly faster than the SDM of the Pentax. Also there are a few reports of SDM dying but not many of HSM doing that.
2. Sharpness at the longer end. The Pentax drops off after about 115-120mm, and needs to be at f4.0 to stay sharp. The Sigma gets all the way to 150mm at f2.8 and stays sharper than the Pentax.
3. An extra 11% zoom range, although that goes hand in hand with the sharpness advantage (because the Sigma is also less stretched at 135mm - at f2.8 135mm, the Sigma would have it all over the Pentax).

For who knows what reason - they stopped making this and came out with a version in Sony/Canon/Nikon mounts only, with O.S. that is HEAPS bigger and heavier - so this one became a hot item.

FREE SHIPPING IN AUSTRALIA - Overseas message me your location for a shipping price.
Aussie buyers - bank deposit is preferred, Paypal will be an extra $15.

It comes with:
- The lens (of course)
- Hood, front cap, rear cap (all the original Sigma ones, no makeshift hoods/caps)
- Original padded carry bag (like a lot of Sigma's EX bags, it's quite nicely made - padded and with a strap)
- Kenko 67mm UV filter in good condition (in case - the case is for a clear protector, but it IS actually a UV filter, I couldn't find its actual case)

All of these things are pictured, along with several angles of the lens.

Although I'm comparing it with the DA* 50-135 a lot, and it just sounds like I'm criticising THAT lens - I'm not, it just shows HOW GOOD the Sigma is, that it can outclass a lens even of the Pentax DA* line up.
The 3 advantages over the DA* I listed, are all summed up nicely in this one photo I have. It's of a bird running along a railing - and even though it was running, I was able to use the HSM to nail the focus, and take a sharp, clear shot at 150mm f2.8. I have attached the full photo and then a 100% crop (around a 14x crop!) - neither have ANY post processing (shot in RAW on a K-5). They are not sharpened, no extra saturation... nothing. I, and I'm sure many others, can attest that this is a result you'll not see from the DA*, either in terms of AF speed or sharpness at f2.8.

Please PM me any questions or shipping price queries you may have, and enjoy.

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Accepted if item is in inferior condition to that described.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!

Last edited by Quazimoto; 09-20-2013 at 08:43 PM.
03-02-2013, 08:59 AM   #2
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in what aperture the bird was shot at?
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Wide open, f2.8 at 150mm.

Pretty sure we can now see EXIF data on photos posted here? Anyway, here it is for ease:
Pentax K-5
1/640th sec
ISO 320
Exposure +0.3 compensation
150mm (225mm on 35mm equivalent)

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Bump. I just realised that I had Lightroom set to limit file sizes more than it had to, so technically the photos (particularly the 100% crop) are not all the quality they could be. But you get the idea - these are basically the harshest conditions a lens like this will encounter - a shaded subject with the bright background (brings out PF/CA - but there is almost none here) and at full stretch, wide open. Every time I look at that photo I wonder why other lenses can't be like this!

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Hi very interested in your lens. Sent message yesterday but don't know if I did it right.

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03-08-2013, 03:29 AM   #6
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Good luck on the sale. Unfortunately I don't have spare cash for a magnificent lens at the moment, but if it doesn't sell, do you reckon you could loan it to me for a while??????


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