FS: Pentax 55-300 f4-5.8, Sigma 30/1.4, Tamron 17-50 2.8


timbo

Link Posted 25/05/2015 - 14:45
I no longer use these lenses as most of my pictures are taken with my Sigma 18-35 and Pentax 50-135.

The 55-300 and 30 are in excellent condition, having not been used much, hence the reason for the sale.

The 17-50 is the Mk I and was my workhorse for many years, and has been used to take the majority of the images on my profile, it still takes great images but I now use the Sigma 18-35 all the time and have no need for it, the optics on it are good, but the rubber is getting a bit loose as can be seen in the images.

All prices include UK delivery:

Pentax 55-300 f4-5.8 - 120
Sigma 30 f1.4 - 150
Tamron 17-50 2.8 - 70 because of the loose rubber

Pentax 55-300mm f4-5.8















Sigma 30mm 1.4












Tamron 17-50mm 2.8















Any queries please get in touch.
Tim

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timbo

Link Posted 26/05/2015 - 20:16
Tamron 17-50 SOLD
Tim

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timbo

Link Posted 30/05/2015 - 08:57
Any reasonable offers accepted
Tim

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timbo

Link Posted 30/05/2015 - 14:26
55-300 SOLD
Tim

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AndrewA

Link Posted 02/06/2015 - 20:16
timbo wrote:
55-300 SOLD

And received thank you Tim!
Andrew

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timbo

Link Posted 02/06/2015 - 20:21
Thank you Andrew.

Just the Sigma 30mm 1.4 left, no sensible offer refused, cracking lens for shooting in the dark
Tim

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timbo

Link Posted 02/06/2015 - 22:26
All now SOLD, thank you, enjoy the lenses gentlemen
Tim

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Defragged

Link Posted 03/06/2015 - 11:42
Hello timbo,

You mention above that you use the Sigma 18-35 art lens, May I ask you please for your opinion of it?

Sorry if this is the wrong thread to venture the question.

Thanks in advance...
C.O.L.B.A.S victim
(Compulsive Obsessive Lens Buying Addiction Syndrome)

What you need are lenses, more lenses, bigger lenses, better lenses, faster lenses, and when you have these, your pictures will be perfect!

timbo

Link Posted 03/06/2015 - 12:39
Hi Defragged

I think it's an excellent lens in every respect, albeit a little larger and heavier than the 17-50 it replaced.

This Gallery Image- NSFW was taken at 1/30s F1.8 handheld, and I got it printed at A1 and it hangs on my landing, and it's pin sharp edge to edge. Can't ask more than that
Tim

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Blythman

Link Posted 03/06/2015 - 13:08
No problems with AF on the 18-35 Tim? Gets heavily criticised in the Pentaxforum review. Inconsistent in a manner that can't be corrected by AF adjustments. Some users reporting they need to focus at 35mm, and then zoom out to the focal length they want to use

Wanted to wait until you'd sold everything before going off topic on your thread. Very tempting lens with the reported AF issues putting me off
Alan


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Defragged

Link Posted 03/06/2015 - 16:30
timbo wrote:
Hi Defragged

I think it's an excellent lens in every respect, albeit a little larger and heavier than the 17-50 it replaced.

This Gallery Image- NSFW was taken at 1/30s F1.8 handheld, and I got it printed at A1 and it hangs on my landing, and it's pin sharp edge to edge. Can't ask more than that

Thank you for that Timbo,

I'm currently deliberating over the 18-35 art or the Sigma 17-70 f2.8. Whilst the former is very appealing, the latter is more affordable and would probably receive more use, however, the example on your link is a powerful argument for the 18-35 so I shall have to dwell on it a little longer me thinks.

Stunning photograph by the way which I would be proud to hang on my landing... nay... bedroom ceilng!

Kind regards...
C.O.L.B.A.S victim
(Compulsive Obsessive Lens Buying Addiction Syndrome)

What you need are lenses, more lenses, bigger lenses, better lenses, faster lenses, and when you have these, your pictures will be perfect!

timbo

Link Posted 03/06/2015 - 19:29
Focusing, it's something I fought with for ages. I used to get quite a few images that were back or front-focused, so I would calibrate all my lenses, but still get issues, and re-calibrate them again, and again. It's not just a Pentax problem, or to specific lenses, I've upgraded body and lenses and the problem is still there. I know photographers with cameras from all major brands, and I see their prints close-up at the camera club, and I see lots of back or front focussing. Images are satisfactorily sharp, but they could be sharper, and the focus is not precisely where the photographer wanted it!

Calibration helped, but I'd still get some duff ones, without rhyme or reason. So now when I am shooting wide open with any lens, which is probably 90% of my images, I use live-view focusing, problem solved in an instant.

So to answer your question Alan I did not find that it suffered more than any other lens, it's probably more noticeable as it's 1.8 throughout the range.
To answer Defragged, I think the Sigma 18-35 and Pentax 50-135 are the two sharpest lenses I own (followed very closely by the Tamron 17-50 I've just sold!), I use Photozone.de whenever I am thinking of buying any lens. The 18-35 and 17-70 cover different ranges, so you need to go with what you are likely to shoot.

Now as I'm rambling on and we're off topic, I may as well continue. I do lots of talks to camera clubs, and my talk is all prints. I often get asked at the end whether I shoot Canon or Nikon, when I say Pentax I have had a response "Pentax, is that a Canon or a Nikon"!
I also often get complimented on the sharpness and quality of my prints and am asked how I do it as they can't get the same quality - even with full frame! First it's about being obsessive getting the focus right, and ditching images where it's not, and also shooting wide open tends to separate the model nicely from the background, giving her an increased perceived sharpness. On more than one occasion I've had people ask whether I used medium format to get that sort of quality. No bad from a little crop sensor Pentax

Thanks for buying all the lenses, and what was the question???
Tim

http://www.timpile.co.uk

davidstorm

Link Posted 03/06/2015 - 23:22
Thanks for posting such informative information Tim, I found it very interesting, particularly the bits about focus issues and lack of consistency of focus. This is something that has plagued me, more so on some lenses than others and more so on some cameras, particularly the K-5 Mk1. I also often find that focussing with live view is the most accurate, which is fine for model shoots, but not practical for situations where speed is of the essence.

I ditch images that are not focussed correctly, but see so many shots on the Gallery where focus is off.

Thanks again.

Regards
David
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Irek

Link Posted 04/06/2015 - 00:08
I spend a day to calibrate the lens and now I'm happy with. Only sometimes on distance around 5 meters have problem with back focus and not all the time. Lens have small AF problem with K-3. Most K-5 users don't have any problem with AF. Personally recommend this lens.

Regards,
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Blythman

Link Posted 04/06/2015 - 00:17
Thanks for taking the time to get back to me Tim. The 18-35mm would be an event/wedding lens for me. Would be used handheld, focusing via the viewfinder. So, still not sure ... lol
Alan


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