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Old Aug 10, 2006, 4:18 AM   #11
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Edvinas wrote:
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For tele option go for Pentax DA 50-200. Also you can try to buy used pentax FA 80-320.

Also Sigma 70-300 APO version considered as not bad. Not APO version is [email protected].

Hi Edvinas,

I found a used Pentax FA 80-320 for $200. The Sigma 70-300 APO is $350 new. Which would be the better buy?

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Old Aug 10, 2006, 8:05 AM   #12
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Unfortunately, the Pentax distributor in Australia is also the Sigma distributor and they prefer selling Sigma lenses over Pentax own. Sigma lenses really has a good price in Australia, but Pentax original lenses are overpriced.

Now, skip the idea of the Sigma 18-50 kit lens, it's no good at all.

The 18-125 is a good one, it really is.

Another one to be recommended is the new Sigma 17-70 DC f/2.8 - 4.5 and I recommend this together with the nice Sigma 70-300 f/4 - 5.6. This is a good setup with a nice range,even if the 70 - 300 is a bit on the large side. The 17-70 is optically better than the 18-125 from reviews that I've read. I wouldn't mind one myself.

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I'd option for the 18-125 if I was in your position, then look for a used pentax 80-320 or even a 100-300. These can be bought on ebay reguarly for under $100US.......cheers....Don.
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Old Aug 10, 2006, 10:13 AM   #14
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Thanks for the additional advice. I think the 18-125mm sounds like the right choice on quality vs price vs convenience.

For thelonger zoom which is the better choice between the Pentax FA80-320 and the Sigma 70-300 APO?


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Old Aug 13, 2006, 8:31 PM   #15
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Hi,

Can anyone advise on what is the better quality vs value choice between a used Pentax FA80-320 (AU$200)anda newSigma 70-300 APO (AU$350).

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Old Aug 13, 2006, 9:30 PM   #16
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Ouch.... genuine Pentax lenses have to be ordered from the AUDistributor and cost:

$300 for the 18-55 and $500 for the 55-200.

This would add $800 to the body only price. Is this worth it over the Sigma lenses which add $165 for 18-125 or $340 for 18-55 and 55-200?

We aren't experienced photographers and are budget conscious so for this price differential the difference would have to be really significantfor me to consider it.

I'm actually thinking to get the 18-125mm Sigmafor the versatility and then possibly a 70-300mm later.

This is the route i went with 18-125mm lens, nice range good for general purpose day to day use, and I've just ordered the Sigma 70-300 APO lens for $330 AU, which I'll take only when I know I'll need that extra zoom. I am not a professional by any means but the 18-125mm is pretty good so far, will wait and see what the 70-300 does as I have a wedding next weekend to test it out on.
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