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Wow - Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 for $469
Posted By: Adam, 03-24-2014, 02:34 PM

B&H has just slashed the price of the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 lens to $469 ($200 off). This is a steal!

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03-25-2014, 11:32 AM   #16
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FF/BF is something that can happen with any lens. I wouldn't steer clear of Sigma lenses because they're really quite good, though I can understand that getting a bad copy can be frustrating (with that said, B&H will gladly send a replacement if there's a problem).

Adam,

Which walk around lens has better image quality the Sigma 17-50 f2.8 or the Contemporary 17-70 f2.8-4?

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Adam,

Which walk around lens has better image quality the Sigma 17-50 f2.8 or the Contemporary 17-70 f2.8-4?
The 17-50mm, but it's also got a more restrictive zoom range.

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Sorry if this is a bit off topic, but does anyone know if these Sigma zooms identify themselves accurately to a Pentax body? I have the old 30mm F/1.4 and the 24mm F/1.8 from Sigma. If I set a Fine AF Adjustment value for one, it carries over to the other lens because they identify as the same lens to the camera body. This is very inconvenient.
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Sorry if this is a bit off topic, but does anyone know if these Sigma zooms identify themselves accurately to a Pentax body? I have the old 30mm F/1.4 and the 24mm F/1.8 from Sigma. If I set a Fine AF Adjustment value for one, it carries over to the other lens because they identify as the same lens to the camera body. This is very inconvenient.
The new ones are able to unambiguously identify themselves, yes.


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B&H has just slashed the price of the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 lens to $469 ($200 off). This is a steal!

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Zoom Lens for Pentax DSLRs 58C109



See our in-depth review for more details on this popular lens and how it compares to the Pentax 16-50:
DA* 16-50mm vs. Sigma and Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 Comparison - Introduction - PentaxForums.com
Japanese sellers sell this lens on ebay for $375 new (Japan version). It seems the warranty is only good in Japan, other wise is good deal. I used have both pentax 16-50 and Sigma 17-50, both are good lens, Pentax has better color, Sigma has higher resolution.

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Seems to be replaced in April or May. The previous version, 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS Macro, was in production from 2006 until the introduction of 17-50mm in 2010. Four years have passed, it's the time to meet a successor. I think, we'll see 17-50mm F2.8 DC OS HSM Art with FTM, but 16-50mm F2.8 is possible too.
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I just bought mine a couple of months ago when B&H had a "$100 off" sale.

I was impressed that the case was nicer than the sock that Pentax includes with their 50-135mm.
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I just bought mine a couple of months ago when B&H had a "$100 off" sale.

I was impressed that the case was nicer than the sock that Pentax includes with their 50-135mm.
The sigma cases and packaging are light years ahead of Pentax's. I wonder how many more Pentax lenses suffered shipment damage compared to Sigma ones.

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The sigma cases and packaging are light years ahead of Pentax's. I wonder how many more Pentax lenses suffered shipment damage compared to Sigma ones.
Invaluable point Sir! Take into account the practice of B&H and Adorama of packing the lens in the corner of the box with no padding on 3 sides and this becomes even more of a factor.
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Invaluable point Sir! Take into account the practice of B&H and Adorama of packing the lens in the corner of the box with no padding on 3 sides and this becomes even more of a factor.
I have to defend B&H with this. Yes, in the past it was just like you said. But I bought a lens over the Black Friday weekend, and was very pleasantly surprised at their new packing. The lens box was in the center of the shipping box, and the rest filled with industrial bubble wrap. The bubble wrap was the exact width of the box and folded over and around the lens box. I could have drop kicked the box across the yard without any fear of any movement whatsoever. I wish I had thought of taking a pic.
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I have to defend B&H with this. Yes, in the past it was just like you said. But I bought a lens over the Black Friday weekend, and was very pleasantly surprised at their new packing. The lens box was in the center of the shipping box, and the rest filled with industrial bubble wrap. The bubble wrap was the exact width of the box and folded over and around the lens box. I could have drop kicked the box across the yard without any fear of any movement whatsoever. I wish I had thought of taking a pic.
Next lens you get from them video yourself kicking it across the yard. Viral video gold.
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Next lens you get from them video yourself kicking it across the yard. Viral video gold.
This reminds me of a video from some years ago where a young adult is purposely breaking a Canon 5-something just to show that he can.
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QuoteOriginally posted by stormtech Quote
I have to defend B&H with this. Yes, in the past it was just like you said. But I bought a lens over the Black Friday weekend, and was very pleasantly surprised at their new packing. The lens box was in the center of the shipping box, and the rest filled with industrial bubble wrap. The bubble wrap was the exact width of the box and folded over and around the lens box. I could have drop kicked the box across the yard without any fear of any movement whatsoever. I wish I had thought of taking a pic.
I just got my Sigma from B&H. Seems they ran out of bubble wrap and the Sigma box was moving freely within the shipping box. The lens itself comes in a padded pouch so no issue there. To summarize, Sigma packaging great, B&H very bad. Even the shipping box is very flimsy. Adorama ships their stuff much better.

But most importantly, the lens is great from what I gathered in the short time have had it.
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@maxxxx, I'll have to post a shot of the last thing I bought from adorama. Not better, worse actually.



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Invaluable point Sir! Take into account the practice of B&H and Adorama of packing the lens in the corner of the box with no padding on 3 sides and this becomes even more of a factor.
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@maxxxx, I'll have to post a shot of the last thing I bought from adorama. Not better, worse actually.
Firstly, please accept my apologies; I absolutely understand why you would be frustrated by this and have already copied your comments over to the Adorama shipping manager. Saying that, this really should not be the case, and I would be grateful if you could please email me: Helen@adorama.com at your earliest opportunity with any order numbers relating to items you have received packed in this way so that it can be taken up with the packer(s) concerned. It can only be a sporadic issue with the packing team, because as a matter of procedure we pack above and beyond the industry standard.

Adorama packers do not use peanuts for packaging for a variety of reasons, but the most important one is that peanuts have been proven to be inadequate for the types of merchandise we ship, as items packed in the center of a box are liable to slip to the side of the box - so are more susceptible to damage.

Pillows are the Adorama choice of packaging because they are proven to be the best shock absorbers for all categories of product. Most packaging companies that come in and see our operation are taken back by the amount of pillows we use in one carton. They actually drool to try and get the business because it is not the norm. The industry standard is to put the item in the box to one corner, as you described, and then fill the void with dunnage whether it is peanuts, pillows, foam, or paper.
Our procedure is to blanket the bottom and the sides of the box with pillows, place the item in the middle and then fold over the pillows and add more to fill the box where needed. The only thing we don’t add any pillows to are those items that ship in the vendor box, and soft goods (t-shirts, backpacks, hats, etc).


You may be surprised to note that not only do most manufacturers pack cameras and lenses in shaped polystyrene inside the box, but they deliver the boxes to us in shipping cartons packed side by side, without any additional packaging or protective insulation at all, either in between the boxes or on the outside of them. So I guess the major manufacturers feel that the packaging they provide is sufficient to protect the unit inside.

Once again my apologies for any disappointment that has been caused, and I look forward to hearing from you.
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