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Ishkabibble
03-06-2006, 01:59 PM
I've recently decided to purchase a 1.2 to 1.8 prime for indoor photography, but I'm having trouble wieghing out all my options. I know I want K-mount, and I'd prefer used to new because of the price-point of these lenses.

I've found this Sigma: http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/lenses_all_details.asp?id=3280&navigator=4

and this one:

http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/lenses_all_details.asp?id=3300&navigator=6

Has anyone tried these? Any alternate recommendations?

barkley
03-06-2006, 02:38 PM
I currently do not have a 1.2 or 1.8, but I have had very good success with my Pentax SMC-A 28/2.8 & Pentax SMC-A 50/2.0 indoors with my *ist DL. My pictures have been very sharp and natural looking. Plus I spent less than $45 to get both on e-bay. I also have a Takumar 135/2.5 which has work very well in low light as well ($29). I'm no pro, but the wide primes are excellent.

jeisner
03-07-2006, 02:28 AM
I have a few bright lenses, the Sigma 20mm f1.8 is one of them...

It is probably my favourite bright lens.. I think mainly as it provides two uses, a good wide bright lens on digital and an ultra wide on film..

Disadvantages:
- its weight and size...
- A bit soft at 1.8 (although very shallow DOF does add to that impression)
- 82mm filter thread

Advantages:
- Stopped down to f2.0 it is sharp, at f2.8 it is very sharp (a lot sharper than my Pentax FA 28mm f2.8 when its at 2.8)
- good colour and contrast
- nice big manual focus ring
- Focus on objects barely more than an inch from the front of the lens

astro
03-09-2006, 08:20 PM
While the Sigma looks like a great lens, I'd personally get Pentax's 31mm F/1.8 limited lens.

jeisner
03-09-2006, 09:12 PM
While the Sigma looks like a great lens, I'd personally get Pentax's 31mm F/1.8 limited lens.

so would I, if I could afford it :p