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Sigma 17-70mm: $449
Posted By: Adam, 02-11-2014, 01:46 PM

This deal isn't that new, but it's a great price on an amazing lens.

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 C for $449

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro HSM Lens for Pentax 884109 B&H




Here's our review of the lens:
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 Contemporary - Introduction - PentaxForums.com

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Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro HSM (Contemporary) Lens Reviews - Sigma Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
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02-11-2014, 02:58 PM   #2
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Highly recommendable lens at a great price,
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Great price and I believe Adorama has the same lens plus a cleaning kit, 3 filters, and lens cap for $449. I bought mine a couple weeks ago, but I am pretty happy with the lens.

For the price and add ons, how can you beat it when comparing it to the value of the DA* 16-50.
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Its a nice compact lens for the price

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Wonder if it is worth plonking down the cash if you already have one of these:

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC Macro Lens Reviews - Sigma Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
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I recently bought one and I'm quite happy with the results so far. We're still in pretty severe winter weather around here and I'm not shooting much but looking forward to warmer days.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Spodeworld Quote
Wonder if it is worth plonking down the cash if you already have one of these:

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC Macro Lens Reviews - Sigma Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
The HSM and new optical formula are worth it IMO, especially if the cost to upgrade is a fraction of the cost of the lens.

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Adam: I read your review, but in your opinion, is this lens in anywhere near the same league as the 40 and 70 Limiteds? Not as good, but in the conversation?

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I'm happy with my copy. Here are a couple samples I've taken.

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@bass3587 - I see that you own both the DA 18-135 and the new Sigma 17-70 contemporary zooms. I'd like to add the Sigma but already own the Pentax and feel that it's a little duplicative. Is there a reason that you own both? Do you have particular occasions when you would reach for one and not the other? Is it just a matter of WR/a bit extra reach that gives the nod to the Pentax? Do you find the Sigma has noticeably: (1) better image quality and (2) faster aperture for indoor use?

Thanks for any comments you can give; I'm sure there are many others who would be interested in hearing the comparison.
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QuoteOriginally posted by seventysixersfan Quote
@bass3587 - I see that you own both the DA 18-135 and the new Sigma 17-70 contemporary zooms. I'd like to add the Sigma but already own the Pentax and feel that it's a little duplicative. Is there a reason that you own both? Do you have particular occasions when you would reach for one and not the other? Is it just a matter of WR/a bit extra reach that gives the nod to the Pentax? Do you find the Sigma has noticeably: (1) better image quality and (2) faster aperture for indoor use?

Thanks for any comments you can give; I'm sure there are many others who would be interested in hearing the comparison.
Biggest reason is that I got them is that I wanted to evaluate both. Well I ended up liking both. I actually enjoy the Sigma better for indoor events which I actually shoot more of than outdoor events. The Sigma is also a lot faster and IMO sharper @70mm than the Pentax so I don't have to bump the ISO up so high.

The Pentax with its WR is an added bonus and is to me the perfect tool for vacations. That and a fast 1.7-1.8 fast 50 and I'm set.

Add far as image quality I taken more pictures with the Sigma than the Pentax so I favor the Sigma. I haven't shot any pictures in a studio so results may change. They are both equally quiet and fast focusing so it's a tie there(not actually measured just perceived).

So while it seems like I would prefer the Sigma I'll actually keep both. Call it LBA.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DennisH Quote
Adam: I read your review, but in your opinion, is this lens in anywhere near the same league as the 40 and 70 Limiteds? Not as good, but in the conversation?
I own the 21 and 40 limiteds, and I'm the one who tested the first two copies of that lens. I can say that, while the limiteds have a special something going for them (sharpness, colours) the Sigma is a wonderful lens. It's plenty sharp, with good colours and decent bokeh, it's extremely versatile, and well made. It's my most-used lens. I mount the limiteds when I have specific pictures in mind, when I can take my time, when I'm in the studio. But most of the time (especially with kids moving around) I just mount the Sigma and adapt to the situations.
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i can buy it cheaper in australia! the USA stores are too dear then the exchange rate and then shipping!
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Does the Sigma 17-70 C for Pentax still have OS built into the lens giving you the option to use the camera in-body IS or the lens OS? Not sure, but if memory serves, e.g., the Sigma 17-50 for Pentax actually does not offer OS in that mount.

Anyone know? thnx
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