70-300mm Lens choices


stevewebb

Link Posted 28/12/2013 - 19:17
Hi all

I have a question to put to people.

Im looking to by a 70-300mm lens, seems I have a few to choose from and wanted people's advice.

Sigma AF 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG APO

Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro

Pentax smc DA L 55-300 mm f/4-5.8 ED

Many thanks in advance

Steve
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sandinista

Link Posted 28/12/2013 - 19:27
I have a copy of the Tamron and the Pentax 55-300. The Pentax is superior in all respects. Can't comment on the Sigma
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Mike-P

Link Posted 28/12/2013 - 19:30
I think you know my opinion (see your wanted Sigma post).

The only other zoom lens up to 300mm that beats it is the Sigma 100-300mm f4.
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SteveEveritt

Link Posted 28/12/2013 - 19:31
I had a Sigma 70-300 and upgraded to the 55-300, vastly superior IQ. It is a great lens for the price point and to get better IQ at 300mm you need to spend 100's more.
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Taynuiltpixels

Link Posted 28/12/2013 - 19:40
I have a Pentax SMC FA 80-320mm and have been very impressed with it. It won't break the bank either (about 80 0n ebay).

I also find this site very useful when deciding on lenses:

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

Link Posted 28/12/2013 - 20:21
Just to confuse matters, I have the Tamron 70-300. I liked it so much the one I have now was purchased to replace a slightly older model which broke. I particularly like the way it focuses down to 1ft or so. I'm sure other models are superior optically, but most are much more expensive.
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jeallen01

Link Posted 28/12/2013 - 20:33
SteveEveritt wrote:
I had a Sigma 70-300 and upgraded to the 55-300, vastly superior IQ. It is a great lens for the price point and to get better IQ at 300mm you need to spend 100's more.

Fully agree and it's smaller & lighter.
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