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Old May 5, 2007, 5:45 PM   #1
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I had to do it.

I started looking at the Pentax 80-200mm f/2.8 (used)and later the same model NEW, but found the price to be too much.

Anyways for less than theprice a NEW Pentax FA* 80-200/f/2.8 I was able to buy a NEW Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro





and a used Sigma Ex APO 300 /2.8 on eBay





Now I just have to wait til they arrive. :-D.........waiting ....waiting ..:homey:

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Old May 5, 2007, 7:09 PM   #2
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Hi Crash,

Congrats -- I assume that this one will work out better than the questionable FA*. I'm surprised that you found one -- AFAIK they haven't been released -- but that's in the US, so it apparently doesn't apply. The EX 300/2.8 looks awesome. I think you'll find that the speed is worth the weight . . I did, and now carry my SP300/2.8 more than I ever anticipated.

Strictly by coincidence, I just pulled the trigger on a 80-200/2.8 also -- but mine is an ancient cousin, and not nearly as exciting -- a Tamron SP 80-200/2.8 LD IF Adaptall II MF. It's supposed to be a very nice lens, and I'm sure quite a bit less of an investment for me. I plan to use it mainly with the F 1.7x AFA for a 136-340 /4.8 AF zoom. It's a one-touch zoom, and I'm hoping that it'll work well enough to be used for BIF, which I suck at.

Looking forward to seeing some pics with your new toys.

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Old May 5, 2007, 8:48 PM   #3
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Wow - that's a couple of serious-looking lenses. Can't wait to see some samples taken with them. I've got some big-time LBA but I've put a deposit down on one of the the DA* lenses, which shoots my budget for this year. Doesn't stop me from drooling over other people's new purchases.
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Old May 5, 2007, 11:07 PM   #4
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The 70-200mm EX GD Macro is the CURRENT Sigma model. They have no mention at this stage for an improved in lens focus motor version YET.

I expect the weight will be a bit of a issue, but can't be any heavier than my Tamron SP 200-55mm f/5.6. The 300mm is 2.4kg, I have some ideas on where I can and will use this lens over here.

I am busting to get my hands on both of these lenses and do someshooting to see what I can achieve. I will try and get both lenses in country here with me, that way Ican be a bit further away from the rocks that are flying.hehehehe.

It was a pity about the Pentax lens, I thought I had found a hidden bargain only to find I had found a potential pitfall of fraud.

I was watchign one on eBay but as expected it went up very high in price.

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Old May 5, 2007, 11:10 PM   #5
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Mtngal

I am in a very lucky position right now and thought what the hell, buy now and enjoy now.

I hope I can achieve some pictures with these lenses that justify the money I just spent.

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Wow - - Ronny
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Old May 6, 2007, 6:58 AM   #7
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Crashman wrote:
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I hope I can achieve some pictures with these lenses that justify the money I just spent.

Crash
if you can't, send them to me and i'll work the kinks out of them for you.

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The 70-200mm EX GD Macro is the CURRENT Sigma model.
Hi Crash,

That's what I meant -- AFAIK, the macro version has not yet been released for Pentax in the US.

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I had the sigma and it is a great lens, you will enjoy it! How about some examples with the 300 f/2.8?

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Old May 6, 2007, 5:41 PM   #10
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Roy, You don't needmy lenses to take good shots.

I don't expect to have the 300mm f/2.8 until late next month. The seller has to ship to my home address and then it will be hand delivered to me in Bali. I am going back next month.

Tom, Not surewhat I would use it for in Bali though, but I am sure I will find some surfers or something.

Scott, now that you mentioned it, I didn't specify to my guy whether or not it was the Macro version, I just asked him for the 70-200mm f/2.8 DG, I only assumed it was the Macro based on the website. I recall at one stage both versions were advertised, now it is just the Macro version.

Macro is not my forte, though I do enjoy Roy' s images and other that post too. If it does turn out to be a Macro version then I will try my hand at a few exotic bugs we have here in Timor.


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