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Old Jan 1, 2006, 10:11 AM   #1
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Any one tried the lens? Your thoughts.
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Old Jan 1, 2006, 10:16 AM   #2
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I have a Sigma 18-125mm lenses.It is OK, and will do as a walk around lens, but it is nothing earth shaking.

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Old Jan 3, 2006, 3:04 AM   #3
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Any one tried the lens? Your thoughts.
Not bad, but the TAMRON 18-200 is visibly better (at least the one I tested....)
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Old Jan 3, 2006, 1:11 PM   #4
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I have a Sigma 18-125mm lenses.It is OK, and will do as a walk around lens, but it is nothing earth shaking.

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I agree with that - some distortion at the wide end,less than extremely sharp and a bit open to flare.

On the other hand its absolutely acceptable, and furthermore itsquite well build andvery compact relative to its zoom-factor.

Good for travelling light - sort of the lens equivalent of a swiss army knife:-)Would recommend it for that use

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It was the lens that came with my DL when I bought it, I like the flexibility of wide angle to a little bit of zoom.

As has been said, I find it a good walk about lens offering good flexibility. It does have a tendency to be a little soft on the images when using the highest zoom.

I plan on purchasing a higher quality lens later, but for now it isn't a problem.
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 8:12 PM   #6
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it came with my ds

the same ds with the pentax equivalent was $300au, dearer so i got the sigma

it does ok i use it most of the time especially on 18mm for landscapes

one thing i didnt like was the manual focus seems very easy to turn

to easy

there feels no resistance and i feel it can move out of focus to easy

oh and i cant use it on my K1000, which is a shame 18mm on that would be nice





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Old Jan 12, 2006, 11:41 AM   #7
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Slightly off-topic....
I am currently looking at the DL and I had a look at 2 models today.
One came with the Sigma 18-50mm lense, the other with the Sigma 18-125mm.

When I looked through the DL's viewfinder with the 18-50mm lense it seemed very dull and I found it difficult to actually focus on things.
Then I tried the other DL with the 18-125mm lense, it was a lot better, it was bright, clear and easy to see the focus.

Now im just wondering, was the 18-50mm lense a defect? It seems strange that in comparison to the other lense it was very poor.

The price difference was au$100 between the two.
I think I'll go for the 18-125, since I'd probably regret not have the option of zoom when I need it. And especially if the 18-50mm one really is that poor.:-)
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Look through the same lenses on a DS. Id imagine every lens to be dull on the DL, and it would also look like you are looking through a long hallway. It is a pentamirror, which means it uses mirrors to mimic what a normal pentaprism does. So you get some light falloff, whereas the pentaprism, which is what the DS/DS2 has, ensures no light falloff whatsoever.

Whats the max apeture on the 18-50, 18-125 's? If the 18-50 has a larger max apeture it will be brighter.
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Old Jan 12, 2006, 10:48 PM   #9
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Well I tried both lenses on a DL, so surely it was something to do with the lense.
There wasnt any DS's there, the guy in the shop said the DS2 isnt out in australia and that I wont find any DL's with a Pentax lense over here.
He was a bit unhelpful really, and Im not sure if his information was correct anyway.


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I have seen the DS available at Plaza Cameras in Perth when I bought my DL in mid December, they had about 8 of them sitting there.

Shop 28 Plaza Arcade Perth
Phn: (08) 9325-4040

http://www.plazacameras.com.au/contactus.htm

THe Sigma lenses are standard issue forthe *ist here in Australia, but as you know they take any "Pentax" lens within reason.

http://www.plazacameras.com.au/produ.../allframes.htm
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