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Old Feb 14, 2011, 2:36 PM   #11
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Don't forget their 150mm macro too...
One of the best macro around now comes with OS too.
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Old Feb 14, 2011, 4:12 PM   #12
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Realy??
Wow both lenses I have from Sigma have been updated with new replacements.
I wonder what the SdFO (She da Finance Officer) will say when I mention new lenses cropping up again

She was not to pleased with me indulging both my photo and my Guitar GAS recently.
(70-200 f/4 L IS and 17-40 f/4 L) and (New SG, amp, looper, pro headphones)

News is great though, been wating for more IS lenses to come out!

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Old Feb 14, 2011, 4:19 PM   #13
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Well, the new lenses come with new hefty price tags. Sigma was a great option when their lenses cost so much less than the competition. But they're going to have to overcome a lot of quality control issues they've had over the last few years if they want to start getting this kind of money:
http://www.dpreview.com/news/1102/11...apricelens.asp

For example on the new 120-300, a very positive step would be actually making it 300mm. My version is around 280mm. Fortunately I bought it when it sold for $1800 - that made it worth while. They really need to step up their quality control game if people are going to pay the same money as a Canon 300mm 2.8. And discontinuing their older lenses is an interesting move. It will be interesting to see if Sony and Pentax users want to pay for image stabilization they don't really need.
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Old Feb 14, 2011, 8:39 PM   #14
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One can not blame Sigma for the Fed's QE(going on to III now?) policy...
-> It's driven by the exchange rate

The previous MSRP was $3600 when the lens retailed for about $2000. It now priced @ $4700, only about a $1000 more than previously... That's significantly less than other commodities which have at least doubled (if not tripled) because of the sinking $:
http://www.indexmundi.com/commodities/?commodity=sugar
http://www.indexmundi.com/commodities/?commodity=cotton
http://www.indexmundi.com/commodities/?commodity=wheat

Check Canon's and Nikon's latest fixed 300 f/2.8 which retailed for $4500 and $5200 respectively - If this lens retail anywhere near $3000 or less it'll still be a significant saving (especially in the Nikon mount) + it's a zoom (so you don't have to augment it by another 'pricey' fast zoom)!

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I wouldn't expect it to retail near $3,000. The non-OS version was retailing near that mark. Expect closer to $4k. I agree - it needs to be $3k to be competitive.
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It really depends on each photographer needs @ $4k

Like you I was lucky to get a 500 f/4 when it was still affordable... The new one has an MSRP of $9k, so even at retail it won't be affordable as this new 120-300 f/2.8 with a 2x TC (and a whole lot bigger/heavier)!
-> Also a lot easier to travel with as a white lens attracts so much attention especially oversea (which is why I left it home on many recent travels)

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Boy was I surprised to see this pop up after a while. Yeah I think the new 120-300 would be great, but the cost, well I could buy a used EF300 F2.8 for that. I picked up a Sigma 100-300 F4 to use until the CFO decides I can move up again. Steven
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Yeah I think the new 120-300 would be great, but the cost, well I could buy a used EF300 F2.8 for that...
This works both way as I'm almost certain that folks who had bought their 120-300 f/2.8 at the old price could very well sell that lens now for more than what they've originally bought it for for given all the certain signs (materials going up as a result of sinking $, and labor costing more due to HC) of the upcoming inflation...

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This works both way as I'm almost certain that folks who had bought their 120-300 f/2.8 at the old price could very well sell that lens now for more than what they've originally bought it for for given all the certain signs (materials going up as a result of sinking $, and labor costing more due to HC) of the upcoming inflation...
I am sure they can. The last one I saw on the B/S forums was $1900 for a Non-DG copy.
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I can't help but to chuckle now at all the posts that proclaimed that Sigma lenses do to hold their value...

My Sigma 150 f/2.8 macro costs now almost twice as much as when I 1st got it, ditto with the 12-24 EX.
Have anyone found any good priced 300-800 that sell for less than when it originally retailed for???
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