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08-04-2010, 03:12 AM   #1
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Mountain biking shots with a Tam18-200 or smcDA18-55?

Hi all,

I have seen the following lenses going cheap online:

Pentax smc DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL

and would appreciate your thoughts and comments on using them for sports (mountain biking) photography.

Does the quality of the Pentax out strip the flexibility of the Tamron?

Looking forward to your responses!

08-04-2010, 03:18 AM   #2
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Just wondering what camera and lenses you have currently? Only once in a long while does someone have a Pentax DSLR and not have some form of the 18-55

As for the lens, you'd probably want the reach of the tamron, as well as to not be changing lenses in the dirty mountain biking environment.
08-04-2010, 03:24 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply. I've had a K10D for a 6 months or so now and have the kit 18-55 you mention and an old MF 50mm macro, which is good fun.

The 18-200 isn't shown in a particularly glowing light in the reviews and was wondering if anyone had examples of using it for sports photography?
08-04-2010, 04:28 AM   #4
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Why not read some of the reviews:
Tamron Lens: Zooms - Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical IF AF (Tested) -!


Most people would consider the Tamron 18-250mm over the 18-200mm.

Tamron Lens: Zooms - Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical IF Macro AF (Tested) -!

Cheers, Bert

Last edited by bymy141; 08-04-2010 at 04:38 AM.

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