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05-31-2008, 07:57 PM   #31
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I have a Sigma 18-50 f2.8 EX, Non-macro. It was the first version of this lens, and I'm pretty pleased with mine.

05-31-2008, 09:52 PM   #32
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To be honest, I have not learned anything yet about the custom settings. There is so much to learn as it is. Thank you for pointing this out; I look forward to investigating.



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06-01-2008, 01:33 AM   #33
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QuoteOriginally posted by morfic Quote
Interesting, got an email about a reply regarding the Sigma 24-60/2.8 (which i am still considering since i could get it together with the 70/2.4)

How about i throw this in full reverse and ask about the 16-45/4, can it do portraits in a pinch?
When time permits the 70/2.4 would do that duty, the 16-45/4 would only do group shots really.

With my current budget, 17-50/2.8 + 18-50/2.8 not sure, i'd throw all eggs in one basket, and could not add on a nice Pentax optic for portraits.
16-50/2.8 all eggs in one basket as well (a bigger basket even ($$$)) but get SDM + sealing, and hopefully superb quality "if it's a good one" (which it should be after at worst one trip to Pentax service)
24-60/2.8 + 70/2.4, a lens i could use for events plus one for portraits. (would require keeping the kit lens for 18-24)
Then 16-45/4 still nice all around range, /4 on a zoom may work (still a stop faster than kit) + 70/2.4 still squeezable (into budget)

Which option sounds best to who? (The 50/1.4 K was supposed to do portraits, but it seems my subjects are not patient enough for manual focus, add in no fill flash usable, and the lens is out)



As my sig shows, I have DA16-45, DA 70 Ltd and Sigma 24-70. Some folks have found the 24-70 to be too heavy and sometimes soft but I have no issue with it.

The 16-45 has been used for portraits as per the attached - no problem getting in close with this. Haven't really done anything useful yet with the DA70 but it shows promise. No time for photography of late
Good luck with your decisions.

Edit: Forgot to mention this shot has been downsampled in Vallen Jpegger for convenience. Sadly it loses a little bit regarding saturation and sharpness but illustrates the close in aspect of the lens.
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06-01-2008, 07:35 AM   #34
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Thanks for the sample, i should be checking for more 70/2.4 samples too (and 50/1.4 samples when i could admit me wanting 70/2.4 is just me being spoiled)
I wouldn't own both 16-45 and 24-60|70, it's more an either or choice to me.

As of right now, i am close to overnighting a 16-50/2.8 to be able to try it Tuesday.

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Thanks everyone for your replies, based on this thread i will know for sure what to order, IF i should bite the "This 16-50 is a stinker" bullet.
I will know some time Tuesday how the 16-50 is working for me.
2nd choice would be the Sigma 18-50/2.8 Macro based on the replies to this thread.

I felt if i bought the Sigma outright i would never know if i made the right choice or not and always remain wishing i would have had SDM and 16-18 too. This way around i will know that i own a 18-50 since the 16-50 just didn't work out (should this scenario arise, but i tihnk y'all get my drift)

Thank you all for your input i very much appreciate it,


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