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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:27 pm 
Theorigamist - Thanks for the heads-up on that one. However, "discontinued" might not mean "out of stock" everywhere, other than in the fast-turnover US. It's still available from 5 places (just looked) - here in Sydney, for about AUD$339.00.

The "better" Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 DC OS Macro HSM is selling for AUD$540.00 to $560.00 here. Which is well over $200.00 more - and Chris is on a firm budget limit.

- I do like those images - B&W is just so "immediate" when it's done properly! Sadly - a lot of folk can't do that - I certainly can't, yet - but do keep having attempts....

Regards, Dave.


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It's true that you may be able to find the older lens still. However, I think the extra money is well spent on the newer version. It's slightly faster on the long end, has optical stabilization, and HSM (Sigma's version of USM).

As to the price, it should be pointed out that the price of a Sigma lens varies by mount. For example, at amazon.co.uk, the newer Sigma 17-70 costs 340 pounds for the Canon mount, but 363 pounds for the Pentax mount. There are also other options at this price (and cheaper), such as the Tamron AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical for 265, or the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM for 330. (I don't know what the lighting situation is like at the indoor ski slope. This may not be fast enough.)

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:50 pm 
Hi Guys just to let you know i went for the Pentax k-r with the twin lens kit got it for £440 on interest free finance so seemed a viable option :) thanks once again for all your help.

One last question im looking at getting a 50mm f1.7 manual lens off eBay do any of you use one of those lenses if so would you recommend it or not?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:47 pm 
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Almost every photographer has a 50 1,7/1,8 ! Sharp, cheap, small, light, did I mention they're sharp?
Get one! -but be sure to read a review though.

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A lens like that may work fine, it would certainly mount on your K-r, that's one of the main selling points for Pentax bodies, they'll mount the older lenses. However, I'm not sure if it will meter or not. Pentax makes some very nice newer primes, such as the 50mm f/1.4, or the 35mm f/2.4, which will both autofocus and meter on your body.

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