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Sigma 20-40mm F2.8 - THE UPDATE

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    sidaorb
    sidaorb  83857 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Jan 2008 - 1:06 PM

    Just taken delivery of my new lens, looks great Smile

    Not gonna get a chance to try it out until Thursday, cant wait Smile

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    Heretic
    Heretic  8 United Kingdom
    29 Jan 2008 - 3:18 PM

    Lucky you, when I mentioned it to the Sigma rep on their stand at the SWPP/BPPA convention I was told they've stopped doing it. Spec looks perfect for me.

    jimthistle73
    29 Jan 2008 - 4:11 PM

    I got hold of one of these at the end of last year (first used in anger at the Rowardennan meet!).

    It's not been off my film cameras since - don't think I've ever had it on the D200 / D70 yet......

    Shame about the 82mm filter thread though - a real wallet emptier!

    sidaorb
    sidaorb  83857 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
    29 Jan 2008 - 4:30 PM

    Spoke to Sigma just before I bought it and they said it was still a current lens.

    Managed to get it off a certain well known auction site, As New, Boxed 125 Smile

    martinproe
    29 Jan 2008 - 6:42 PM

    Bought mine last year, I've used it for a christening and a couple of weddings as well as landscapes. Terrific lens.

    sidaorb
    sidaorb  83857 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
    11 Feb 2008 - 10:15 AM

    Now I'm really really p***ed off, would appear my lens was a bargain because it was one of a few that dissappeared recently.

    Just waiting for a call back from Hertfordshire CID Sad

    sidaorb
    sidaorb  83857 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
    18 Mar 2008 - 6:26 PM

    Well after weeks of arguing with Paypal I finally got my refund today.

    Now the dillema.......I really liked the lens but I now have the option of a Sigma 17-50 F2.8 instead.

    Do I grab that or wait for another 20-40??

    conrad
    conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
    18 Mar 2008 - 7:48 PM

    Or how about a Tokina 16-50 2.8? Wink

    sidaorb
    sidaorb  83857 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
    18 Mar 2008 - 8:06 PM

    Never even looked at the Tokina. Whats the quality of this one?
    Is it comparible with the Sigma's. Still of the mindset that Tokina/Tamron were further down the quality scale, but then I haven't looked at them for 15 years.

    conrad
    conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
    18 Mar 2008 - 8:28 PM

    It was just a thought, I have no experience with the lens myself - it's too new to have some good reviews on the web yet.

    I first became interested in Tokina lenses when I found that everyone kept saying they were built like a tank, and then I found that some of them actually produced very good quality.

    But as I said, no experience with this particular model. It was just the way you only mentioned Sigma lenses that prompted my comment.

    sidaorb
    sidaorb  83857 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
    18 Mar 2008 - 10:32 PM

    I'm worried that the guy I bought the lens from on
    Quote: ebackofalorry.com

    (rofl) appears to have quite a few other sigma lens for sale or recently sold.

    Lets hope Hertfordshire Police are as on the ball as they seemed.

    philtaylorphoto
    19 Mar 2008 - 12:03 AM

    The 18-50 f2.8 Sigma is now HSM. It's a very sharp lens, so sharp that it's been adapted to use as a movie lens in some quarters, as it's a true zoom, and holds focus whilst zooming.

    Pretty good as a macro lens too.

    The extra 2mm over a 20mm at the long end is useful, and the 50mm gives you extra reach.

    A colleague has the 20-40 f2.8 and loves it for concerts, and it has the advantage of covering full frame too.

    I recall in 2001 buying lenses with future plans for going digital, that meant buying wider lenses than I normally would due to the crop factor. I suppose now, the tables have turned, and it's time to prepare for full frame sensors.

    sidaorb
    sidaorb  83857 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
    19 Mar 2008 - 12:56 AM

    Chris,

    I sold my 24-70 F2.8 a couple of years ago, wish I hadn't now, but hey ho!

    Really want at most 20mm on the wide.

    Cheers for the heads up on the filter though

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