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03-26-2009, 11:52 AM   #16
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Thanks SCHushue - I didn't feel comfortable answering as I'm kind of biased. But I agree, with everything you said. No HSM, but nice and fast AF. No more noise than most screw drive lenses.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SCGushue Quote
Hope you don't mind me putting in a few unbiased words.

This lens does not have HSM, it is not any noisier than you might expect from any screw driven lens and it focuses very quickly. On top of that this particular model of this Sigma lens is the sharpest version ever made according to opinions expressed by many photographers (you can check Fred Miranda for example).

My copy is ridiculously sharp and balances very well on a K10D or K20D.

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I completely agree with Stephen on this lens. I have the same one and would never trade it for the newer Macro/HSM version. In many instances, it's a sharp as a prime.
03-29-2009, 02:05 PM   #18
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Hey, guys, relax - you are making me regret selling it :-D

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Ive got both the lens for trade but dont want to loose either ... ohh and no money ... what to do ?? :-)

03-30-2009, 10:59 AM   #20
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On request: I did a few quick shots out my windows towards the nearest brick wall. Hand held. All at 2.8. ISO100 SR ON.

Lens tests and comparison - a set on Flickr

Click "All sizes" and you can select the full resolution - it's directly from the camera, just converted to jpeg by LightRoom.
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On request I've replaced the photo's at flickr, with some that isn't blurred - sorry about that.
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Lowered the price another 30...
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Damn - just got fired!

So, I'm taking the price down a bit more...

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That sucks, good luck with the sale.
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Oooh so tempted. this is the exact lens I want to buy but I really want HSM.
I'm tired of screw drive lenses on my K20 body and their slow focus :-(

edit: hmmm just doing some conversions to Australian dollar and with the TC this is very attractive. Man I'm quite close to grabbing this. Is the sharpness really enough to offset the lack of HSM?

I've sent you a PM
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Troy, let me assure you that SDM is no faster to lock focus. I think the general opinion will agree with me. SDM is quieter but no faster. I can tell you the 2 SDM lenses I've used are actually slower than thier similar Screw drive versions. (DA*16-50mm vs DA16-45mm and DA*300f4 vs FA*300mm f4.5 although these 2 are very close)
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Thanks for the extra notes Peter. I'm definitely swaying towards grabbing it and have sent TC a PM.

Our Aussie peso has seemed to gather a bit of momentum again lately and this lens was what I was planning on buying next.
 

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