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    Help please - Sigma 70-300mm or Tamron 70-300mm

    Hi Guys,

    I could do with some opinions please.
    I am about to buy my Pentax K-r DSLR and am going to by a zoom lens separately.
    Does anyone have an opinion as to which one is better the Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro ($199) or the Tamron AF 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di LD Macro ($229).

    Looking forward to your replies.
    Regards
    Peter


    Pentax K-30 + SMC DAL 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC,
    Sigma APO 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG, Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di Macro, SMC DA 35mm f2.4 AL, Sigma APO 150-500mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM,
    Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f2.8 XR Di-II LD, SMC Pentax M f1.7 50mm

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    Sigma APO DG 70-300 - note the APO as there are 2 x 70-300 Siggy lenses, would be my preference. However both Brands would most likely be a bit soft @ either ends of zoom range. If you can try them out 1st before buying.

    Check out the following reviews, I think both lenses are in the under 8/10 range with about 40 reviews.

    http://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/
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    Kevin

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    Why not the Pentax 55-300mm? You can quite often get DA L versions on ebay very cheap about $250AUS (inc postage) - and as for bangs for bucks, this lens is awesome.
    There are two types of people in this world -
    West Perth supporters and the misguided.

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    Having has tht Sigma 70-300 and sold it due to ordinary performance and having replaced it with the Pentax DA 55-300 I'd be inclined to support Falcon's suggestion.

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    Do NOT get the Sigma non-APO version. The APO is much better.
    The Pentax DA 55-300 is better than both
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    Thanks everyone for all your thoughts. I might see if I can get a Pentax DA or DAL 55-300mm lens from somewhere. The main reason I was looking at the other 2 was that I could buy them for a reasonable price with an Australian warranty. But I may forgo that to get the Pentax lens as you all think that is a superior lens.

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    +1 here for the Pentax. I have the DA 55-300mm which I bought from B&H and it is fantastic. I understand from other forums that the optics of the DA-L are identical – the DA-L has a plastic mount and doesn't have quick shift focusing, neither of which I would think are a deal breaker. That makes it outstanding value.
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