SIGMA LENSES


Anstonian

Link Posted 20/11/2016 - 14:49
Hi,
I am looking for some advise please. My kit is a K-3 body and 3 Sigma lenses, 10-20, 17-70 and 70-300. I am visiting Australia in the new year and am looking to cut down on the weight of my camera kit. To this end the new Sigma 18-300 is starting to look very appealing. Potentially my kit could be reduced to 2 lenses. However I am not sure if the quality of 18-300 lens would be a compromise from my existing kit. Anybody out there have experience with the latest Sigma and does it give comparable results to the 17-70 and the 70-300?

Anstonian
Andrew Goble
Last Edited by Anstonian on 20/11/2016 - 14:57

dangie

Link Posted 20/11/2016 - 19:46
Well I can't comment on the 18-300 but I have the Sigma 17-70 and a quite old Sigma 18-200. The 17-70 is by far the best zoom lens I have. Last year to save weight I took the 18-200 to the Italian Alps instead of the 17-70 and a Pentax 55-300. I was very disappointed with the results when compared to the 17-70 & 55-300. Of course the 18-300 may be better but I'd read some reviews first.
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AndrewA

Link Posted 20/11/2016 - 20:11
Hi Andrew, always a question I go through when thinking about my holiday kit!

I 've never owned the Sigma 18-300 but based on the lenses that you have I would imagine that you'd be fine with the 17-70 and the 70-300 to be quite honest.
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johnriley

Link Posted 20/11/2016 - 21:32
This is always tricky as the real question will be will the lens suit you. The only way to be sure is to try it, although reviews can be your guide.

As a generality, I'd prefer less zoom range as the quality is probably better and the aperture at the long end perhaps more realistic. Also consider weather resistance and how important that will be to you. Also, how close would you like a lens to focus?

Pentax make an 18-270mm that will be on offer at the moment, and that could be an excellent travel zoom. Certainly its predecessor, the 18-250mm, is a versatile and good quality lens. No weather resistance though.

Perhaps search the web to see how the 18-300mm has been received generally?

Anstonian

Link Posted 21/11/2016 - 18:16
AndrewA wrote:
Hi Andrew, always a question I go through when thinking about my holiday kit!

I 've never owned the Sigma 18-300 but based on the lenses that you have I would imagine that you'd be fine with the 17-70 and the 70-300 to be quite honest.


Andrew Goble

Anstonian

Link Posted 21/11/2016 - 18:22
Hi Andrew,
Thanks for your views. All 3 lenses I have give cracking quality results and given all views, here and elsewhere, I reckon I will probably take all 3 lenses. The 10-20 is particularly good for landscapes and that will be a great lens in Australia.
Thanks once again.
Andrew
johnriley wrote:
This is always tricky as the real question will be will the lens suit you. The only way to be sure is to try it, although reviews can be your guide.

As a generality, I'd prefer less zoom range as the quality is probably better and the aperture at the long end perhaps more realistic. Also consider weather resistance and how important that will be to you. Also, how close would you like a lens to focus?

Pentax make an 18-270mm that will be on offer at the moment, and that could be an excellent travel zoom. Certainly its predecessor, the 18-250mm, is a versatile and good quality lens. No weather resistance though.

Perhaps search the web to see how the 18-300mm has been received generally?


Andrew Goble

Anstonian

Link Posted 21/11/2016 - 18:25
Hi John,
Thanks for you input. Looks like I will take all 3 lenses I currently have. There seems to be no "must have" reasons to buy the 18-300.
Thanks again.
Andrew
Andrew Goble

Anstonian

Link Posted 21/11/2016 - 18:26
dangie wrote:
Well I can't comment on the 18-300 but I have the Sigma 17-70 and a quite old Sigma 18-200. The 17-70 is by far the best zoom lens I have. Last year to save weight I took the 18-200 to the Italian Alps instead of the 17-70 and a Pentax 55-300. I was very disappointed with the results when compared to the 17-70 & 55-300. Of course the 18-300 may be better but I'd read some reviews first.


Andrew Goble

Anstonian

Link Posted 21/11/2016 - 19:08
Hi Dangie,
Thanks for your views. You are right, the 17-70 (mine is the f2.8 version) is a fantastic lens and I never seem to be amazed at the results you can get from the 70-300. In fact a friend of mine has the Pentax 55-300 and reckons the Sigma has the edge. But I guess when lenses are in the same market place it is all about personal preference. I have not seen or read anything that compels me to buy the 18-300 and leave the other two lenses (17-70 + 70-300) behind.
Thanks once again.
Andrew
Andrew Goble
Last Edited by Anstonian on 21/11/2016 - 19:15
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