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Old Jun 23, 2005, 12:31 PM   #1
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in either of its two forms? I'm interested because of its range, size and the fact it can do (apparently) pretty good Macro. It's also $100 CAN cheaper than the Pentax 50-200.

Yesterday, I tried out two used Pentax A series 70-210 but couldn't seem to get either to snap into focus in a way that satisfies me. (As an aside for any astronomy buffs, I have an Astrophysics refractor and the snap into focus is what I appreciate about that scope.)

Are there any other reasonable zooms I should be thinking about?

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Old Jun 23, 2005, 12:53 PM   #2
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Ooops, I missed the thread lower on the page. My apologies.

I'm leaning pretty strongly in the direction of the Sigma and the photos there have reinforced the leaning.
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Old Jun 23, 2005, 12:55 PM   #3
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Ooops. missed the thread lower on the page. It's reinforced the leaning to the Sigma.

PS My first apology came out black on black, ie, illegible.

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Old Jun 23, 2005, 5:47 PM   #4
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heres one i took with one of them lenses
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Old Jun 23, 2005, 6:07 PM   #5
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in my thread below , you can see this is a pretty good lens for <$200us. just be sure you get the APO version altho i've seen some great pix taken with the non-APO .. only thing i dislike about it is it's so long..
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Thanks, for those shots in the other thread and for the advice. The trouble is that the pricing seems odd here in Vancouver. The DL version is $249 CAN and the APO $449, which seems a huge markup to me! It would have to be a MUCH better lens to warrant paying nearly double the amount.

The new Pentax 50-200 mm DA is about $350.

I picked up a Pentax A 50 mm 1.7 the other day and like it very much but I haven't had much luck on used zooms.
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Old Jun 23, 2005, 7:17 PM   #7
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Nice shot. Thanks! Which version were you using, the Apo or the DL?
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Old Jun 24, 2005, 5:42 AM   #8
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here's another w/the 70-300. not as crisp as it will do but it's passable, barely.
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Passable??? I wish I could take passable shots like that!

I've been doing a little searching on the Internet and have found a couple of Canadian stores where the difference between the APO and non APO versions is less than here in Vancouver. I'm leaning to the Sigma pretty strongly right now.

I ought to mention that the chief reason I'm looking for a lens like this is for wildlife. I see eagles regularly, even, sometimes, right outside our window. If I get out of the city, which I do regularly, there are seals, otters, deer and sometimes bears. I would want a looong telephoto for the latter. :-)

The macro would be a very enjoyable bonus.

I don't want to carry a heavy lens or a ton of gear in our spectacular mountains. My priorities are

- quality
- light weight
- reasonable cost

The Pentax 50-200 and Sigma 55-200 have the advantage of weight but the disadvantage of no macro and lower top end telephoto (see remark about bears.)
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Old Jun 25, 2005, 8:15 AM   #10
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Passable??? I wish I could take passable shots like that!

I've been doing a little searching on the Internet and have found a couple of Canadian stores where the difference between the APO and non APO versions is less than here in Vancouver. I'm leaning to the Sigma pretty strongly right now.

I ought to mention that the chief reason I'm looking for a lens like this is for wildlife. I see eagles regularly, even, sometimes, right outside our window. If I get out of the city, which I do regularly, there are seals, otters, deer and sometimes bears. I would want a looong telephoto for the latter. :-)

The macro would be a very enjoyable bonus.

I don't want to carry a heavy lens or a ton of gear in our spectacular mountains. My priorities are

- quality
- light weight
- reasonable cost

The Pentax 50-200 and Sigma 55-200 have the advantage of weight but the disadvantage of no macro and lower top end telephoto (see remark about bears.)
the 70-300 weighs in at under 21 ounces, about the same as the ist. for the $$ it's a lot of bang for the buck. if you get it consider a QUALITY 1.4-2x converter. problem there is that you'll probably pay as much for it as you did for the 70-300, but it would work on any lens you have.
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