Gear advice needed (Zoom lens in the 50 to 200-300mm range )

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Mrik
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Re: Gear advice needed (Zoom lens in the 50 to 200-300mm range )
In reply to Mrik, 4 months ago

awaldram wrote:

I'll give my opinion of the four cheaper zoom

Sharpness

1 Tarmon Di 70-300

2 Pentax 55-300

2 Sigma 70-300 Apo

4 Sigma 70-300

CA

1 Sigma 70-300 Apo

2 Pentax 55-300

3 Sigma 70-300

4 Tamron Di 70-300

Value

1 Sigma 70-300 Apo

2 Pentax 55-300

3 Tamron Di 70-300

4 Sigma 70 -300

Overall

1 Pentax 55-300

2 Sigma 70-300 Apo

3 Tamron Di 70-300

4 Sigma 70-300

If it was me I'd go with the Sigma Apo for the close focusing over the 55mm but think the 55-300 give more balanced performance

For the record I shoot Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX OS DG and DA* 300 in this range, But have owned all the above at some points in the past.

Thanks a lot for that extensive summary awaldram.

Because of the price tag differences (Sigma @ 170€ and pentax @ 370€) and the macro, I'm leaning in the Sigma apo macro direction (for now).

I cant comment on an eventual Pentax LBA when I'll actually be ordering the K-5II and a the lens.
Thanks to all for your advices.

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Pentax K-7 Pentax K-5 II Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM Pentax smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR Pentax smc DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR +3 more
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