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Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 II APO EX DG Macro - $499 and $549
Posted By: rawr, 05-25-2012, 12:39 AM

Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 II APO EX DG Macro - Pentax mount
New in box from a retailer (Paxtons).

This is the discontinued model prior to the release of the current OS version.
Ends soon on eBay. AUD$499. No bidders yet.

Also this lens is still available at retailer Digital Camera Warehouse for AUD $549 brand new + postage
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05-27-2012, 07:19 PM - 1 Like   #2
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An update: The original eBay item listed above was sold. Paxton's have listed another one now:

Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 II APO EX DG Macro for Pentax mount | eBay

They must still have a few in stock.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 II APO EX DG Macro - Pentax mount
New in box from a retailer (Paxtons).

This is the discontinued model prior to the release of the current OS version.
Ends soon on eBay. AUD$499. No bidders yet.

Also this lens is still available at retailer Digital Camera Warehouse for AUD $549 brand new + postage
It is a good lens and it exceeded my expectations. It could be me but it seems to need a bit more light for images to be sharp than my Pentax 100mm macro. Here is a skipper butterfly I took with the Sigma:



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QuoteOriginally posted by traderdrew Quote
It is a good lens and it exceeded my expectations. It could be me but it seems to need a bit more light for images to be sharp than my Pentax 100mm macro. Here is a skipper butterfly I took with the Sigma:



Beautiful.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 II APO EX DG Macro - Pentax mount
New in box from a retailer (Paxtons).

This is the discontinued model prior to the release of the current OS version.
Ends soon on eBay. AUD$499. No bidders yet.

Also this lens is still available at retailer Digital Camera Warehouse for AUD $549 brand new + postage
Thanks. It has gone up to AUD599 on DC Warehouse. Still, I hope to be able to grab one.
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I've shot a bit with this lens now. Optically it performs very well even at 200mm. Focus performance is great.

It is, however, big and heavy. Unavoidable I guess with a FF 2.8 of this kind. But you certainly do notice it after a few hours shooting.
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My goal has always been to get the best IQ at the smallest size.

I'd actually like the Sigma 50-150 (non OS), but it's no longer available new. Its not much more than half the weight of the Sigma 70-200.

The Tamron 70-200 is a little lighter, but doesn't focus quickly.

My Pentax 55-300 is compact, but hunts like mad.

I tried my wife's 1" 20MP Sony RX100 today on a sailing junk in HK harbour. As amazing as that camera is in near-range, it was blown clear out of the water by the 55-300. Now I want something that can focus quickly with a shallower DOF. Wish it didn't weigh 1.3Kg!
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