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Sigma 20-40mm F2.8 - THE UPDATE

sidaorb 12 3.9k 2 England
29 Jan 2008 1:06PM
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 12 11 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2008 3:18PM
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 14 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2008 4:11PM
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 12 3.9k 2 England
29 Jan 2008 4:30PM
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 12 293 5 England
29 Jan 2008 6:42PM
Bought mine last year, I've used it for a christening and a couple of weddings as well as landscapes. Terrific lens.
sidaorb 12 3.9k 2 England
11 Feb 2008 10:15AM
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 12 3.9k 2 England
18 Mar 2008 6:26PM
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 13 10.9k 116
18 Mar 2008 7:48PM
Or how about a Tokina 16-50 2.8? Wink
sidaorb 12 3.9k 2 England
18 Mar 2008 8:06PM
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 13 10.9k 116
18 Mar 2008 8:28PM
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 12 3.9k 2 England
18 Mar 2008 10:32PM
I'm worried that the guy I bought the lens from on
(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.
19 Mar 2008 12:03AM
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 12 3.9k 2 England
19 Mar 2008 12:56AM

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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