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02-02-2011, 05:55 PM   #16
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Even though the 16-50 is almost 3x more money, when your Tamron comes back repaired, it might not be a bad idea to mount the camera on a tripod and take a series of test images with both lenses. A lens shootout if you will...

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QuoteOriginally posted by ve2vfd Quote
UPDATE!

Bought the DA*60-250 (2yr Pentax Canada warranty)
Just ordered the DA*16-50 (comes with 2yr Pentax Canada warranty + 7yr MACK warranty so SDM issues should be )
DA10-17mm... a fish-eye just for fun!

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Good decision. I think you will really like the 16-50. It is rather large but a good copy (which a new one should be) will give great results. I am interested in knowing how you like the 60-250 also. I have been toying with the idea of selling my 50-135 and 55-300 and getting the 60-250. I just bought the da*300 and I really like its IQ. I think the 16-50 and the 60-250 would make a great high quality travel kit.

The 10-17 is always in my travel kit these days. It is a really great little lens.
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If you're not really an ultra wide person, the 10-17 is a big leap. Why not get the DA 12-24 instead, it's a far more versatile lens than a 10-17, and no where near as wide (the 17 long end is about the same FOV as the 12 short end of the 12-24).

Wide lens aren't that hard to use; you just need to get right up close a foreground object of interest, and frame the scene to exclude ugly background objects. Easy
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After looking at a lot of shots with the 10-17 FE and the 12-24 I decided I am soon going to get the sigma 8-16, definitely an alternative to think about on the UWA front, and its focal range fits in really nicely with the 16-50.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Loren E Quote
After looking at a lot of shots with the 10-17 FE and the 12-24 I decided I am soon going to get the sigma 8-16, definitely an alternative to think about on the UWA front, and its focal range fits in really nicely with the 16-50.
True, but IMHO that range is a lot less versatile. Well that's why I bought the 12-24 anyway rather than the 8-16, it's wide enough for landscapes and tight urban streets and lanes, but it's long enough to take pictures of people without distorting them, so it's usable as a walk around zoom.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JHD Quote
when your Tamron comes back repaired, it might not be a bad idea to mount the camera on a tripod and take a series of test
I'll probably do that. I have to say that just playing around the new DA*16-50 I already see a difference... DA*16-50 + K5d = combo so sharp you can almost shave with it!

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Good decision. I think you will really like the 16-50. It is rather large but a good copy (which a new one should be) will give great results. I am interested in knowing how you like the 60-250 also.
You are right! The 16-50 is scary sharp! Size wise it's not really much larger than the Tammy. I have not had time to play around with either of my new DA*'s as I just got my K5d back monday but with the limited messing around I've done with my 60-250 I like what I see up to now.

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If you're not really an ultra wide person, the 10-17 is a big leap.
Honestly I am not very interested in an ultra-wide lens, the reason I am looking at the 10-17 is for it's fish-eye fun quirky effect.

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You are right! The 16-50 is scary sharp!
At what focal length and aperture? Can you show a full size pic or 100% crop?
Maybe I just have a bad copy, because it isn't really sharp at 2.8 or 4 aperture... DA 17-70 was sharper at the same FLs and apertures, not to mention my Sigma 30 is much sharper even wide open at 1.4.
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