Showcase Sigma 400mm f/5.6 APO (K Mount)

pxpaulx

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Well, I had an interesting trip to one of the local camera stores today! Saw on their site they had a sigma 400mm f5.6 auto focus lens for k-mount, listed it at $69 bucks. Well, I was there when the opened! When I asked for the lens, turns out they were ready to write it off. Auto focus doesn't work. Aperture communication doesn't work. Aperture ring works though, and the optics are great (body of the lens looks like it was hung on someone's backpack for a decade or so though!). Long story short, I parted with $10 bucks; here are some first attempts:

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<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/UpGCc0mmLo65VxJnZu8dqg?feat=embedwebsite">[img]http://lh3.ggpht.com/_HmFO4R4ztlk/S-cxyFhTG2I/AAAAAAAAB0s/08YWN0R4g2E/s800/P1010022.JPG" /></a>

<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/O4OXX5090U9ZU0Ygl8vVOg?feat=embedwebsite">[img]http://lh6.ggpht.com/_HmFO4R4ztlk/S-cxwjr0YoI/AAAAAAAAB0o/wPBGCWQmQZg/s800/P1010016.JPG" /></a>

<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Yly_O916AT9byQ0QsWsxYA?feat=embedwebsite">[img]http://lh3.ggpht.com/_HmFO4R4ztlk/S-cxzRr69rI/AAAAAAAAB0w/XCR6HyhKF3E/s800/P1010025.jpg" /></a>

Best $10 bucks I have spent in awhile!

These were all taken out on a walk just by our house. Used a monopod for all but the portrait oriented shot above, and they are shot at f5.6, like I said...first attempt! I think this lens might get relegated to tripod-only, but I am happy with the results so far, especially at the equivalent of 800mm!
 

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As a matter of fact, maybe I should send you some money to do shopping for me also.....
you have an eye for a sweet deal....as well as images....
 

Bokeh Diem

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Hey pxpaulx;

Any concerns about lens weight? I have heard that the heavier old teles can be pretty hard on our plastic cameras. I have held off so far getting one, and am tying to find one that can be tripod supported from the lens itself.

Bokeh D
 

pxpaulx

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Hey pxpaulx;

Any concerns about lens weight? I have heard that the heavier old teles can be pretty hard on our plastic cameras. I have held off so far getting one, and am tying to find one that can be tripod supported from the lens itself.

Bokeh D
This lens has its own tripod mount (which is nice, because it can be adjusted from standard to portrait orientation with a quick twist) - not a snowballs chance in you-know-where that the mount could support a lens like this (well, maybe it could, but I won't be the guinea pig hanging 3lbs of glass on the mount to find out!). It is much more like attaching the camera to the lens, rather than the lens to the camera.

Thanks everyone for the comments as well!
 

pxpaulx

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As a matter of fact, maybe I should send you some money to do shopping for me also.....
you have an eye for a sweet deal....as well as images....
I only do well with pentax lenses - the camera chain here (national camera, 7 or 8 stores in the minneapolis/st paul area) way under-price the used pentax gear they get in, on a regular basis. They have been good to me!
 
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I owned this lens briefly in the Canon EF mount and used it with a metabones smart adapter. I owned the HSM version, which was nice, but the 400mm lens is very long and even the HSM motor couldn't move the lens that much faster than the older 300mm f4 APO that I own. Also, because the lens barrel is so long, you don't get enough light in the lens and you have to crank ISO to get sharp shots.

I sold it a month after buying it because it was too big and heavy to lug around and the 300mm was enough for me. Here's what I got before I sold it.
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