Pentax DA* 300 F4 ED IF SDM or Sigma 100-300 F4 EX DG HSM APO


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Unless u need zoom, I suggest DA* 300mm F4. Reason being prime lens tends to be sharper. If u need zoom and can wait, I suggest u wait for DA* 60-250mm F4.
 

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Photozone has shown the Sigma 100-300 to be one of the best Sigma zoom. If not for my lingering suspicion that the EX coating don't last, I would have ordered one.
So I commited to the DA* instead. I think that the Pentax lens will retain its resale value better.
 

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Photozone has shown the Sigma 100-300 to be one of the best Sigma zoom. If not for my lingering suspicion that the EX coating don't last, I would have ordered one.
So I commited to the DA* instead. I think that the Pentax lens will retain its resale value better.
Wah bro you got the DA* lens from US ? Yeah I have read a few reviews on the Sigma 100-300 and all have positive feedbacks.
 

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DA*300 got my vote too. It's alot smaller and easier to carry around. The Sigma 100-300/4 is pretty big and heavy:
Sigma 100-300: 92.4x226.5mm, 1440g, 82mm filter size
Pentax DA*300: 83x184mm, 1070g, 77mm filter size

I myself still prefer the smaller and lighter FA/F 300/4.5 though :D
Pentax F*300/4.5: 84x160mm, 880g, 67mm filter size
 

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it's a little sad that the DA 300 didn't review as well as the 200/2.8.

And - how coincidental - I noticed the sigma 100-300 today too!

Interestingly, it has HSM.
 

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My vote for DA*300 F4 also. But that also depends what you use such tele end for.
 

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I was looking at the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 for Pentax but the review at dpreview is not that good :sweat:

Have to see how good is the DA* 60-250 :angel:
 

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I was looking at the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 for Pentax but the review at dpreview is not that good :sweat:

Have to see how good is the DA* 60-250 :angel:
I'm waiting for the Tamron 70-200mm despite the so-so review. Wonder how it'll fair with K20D. If it's the BF/FF problem, it can be set in K20D;)
 

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I'm waiting for the Tamron 70-200mm despite the so-so review. Wonder how it'll fair with K20D. If it's the BF/FF problem, it can be set in K20D;)
Oh yeah hor!!! I never thought of that :sweat:

dpreview was not so good but there are some good remarks by them about the bokeh, macro etc. Hopefully the price will be good and can think of getting it :angel:
 

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Oh yeah hor!!! I never thought of that :sweat:

dpreview was not so good but there are some good remarks by them about the bokeh, macro etc. Hopefully the price will be good and can think of getting it :angel:
Ya I'd seen Canon shots of it, the bokeh is nice^^ Price should be around US$699. FF lens is a plus point for u:bsmilie:

Edit: It's not like ppl can't get nice result with it^^
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mubanpi/sets/72157605842018930/
 

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Cooler LBA but hottest discussion between Pentax 300mm vs Sigma 100-300mm...

Pentax sound better choice but sigma could be best choice because if buy tele-convertor, that will extend more zoom "Increases the focal length by the power of 1.4"

More chance for me to look closely at bikini gals far away from tower in Palawaseri in Sentosa if i buy this sigma one day ;p
 

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Thanks all for your valuable feedbacks.

DA*300 got my vote too. It's alot smaller and easier to carry around. The Sigma 100-300/4 is pretty big and heavy:
Sigma 100-300: 92.4x226.5mm, 1440g, 82mm filter size
Pentax DA*300: 83x184mm, 1070g, 77mm filter size

I myself still prefer the smaller and lighter FA/F 300/4.5 though :D
Pentax F*300/4.5: 84x160mm, 880g, 67mm filter size
One thing the F*300 lacks is a tripod mount, but considering its 880g probably it might not be necessary as compared to the other 2 lens, but its still heavy to carry around. Normally if I'm shooting with lens more than 1kg, I want it to have a tripod mount so I can mount it on a monopod for extended time shooting in the field.

My vote for DA*300 F4 also. But that also depends what you use such tele end for.
One of the main reason why I need to get a lens in this range is that I need it to take field sports action shots. Normally a 300mm or more is necessary if shooting from the sideline.
 

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One thing the F*300 lacks is a tripod mount, but considering its 880g probably it might not be necessary as compared to the other 2 lens, but its still heavy to carry around. Normally if I'm shooting with lens more than 1kg, I want it to have a tripod mount so I can mount it on a monopod for extended time shooting in the field.
F*300 has a BIG tripod mount :bsmilie:

 

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One of the main reason why I need to get a lens in this range is that I need it to take field sports action shots. Normally a 300mm or more is necessary if shooting from the sideline.
For field sports action shots, personally I find the Sigma 100-300 F/4 more suitable. Imagine to be able to frame a player further away one moment and the next swivel around to capture a decisive moment of another player feet away from you with the zoom.
 

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F*300 has a BIG tripod mount :bsmilie:
Oh yes, on tripod or monopod. When taking a vertical picture. I have to dismount the set up from the tripod or monopod. The tripod collar is block by the top part of the camera when swivel.
 

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