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01-30-2011, 11:52 AM   #1
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Considering the 18-135mm

I have been rather interested in the 18-135 since it came out. However, owning a Tamron 18-250 and a DA*50-135 I have hesitated to buy the 18-135 as I would have to sell one of the others to fund it. Problem is, the 50-135 does not get much use even though I really like its image quality. I am usually using the 16-50 or long end of the the Bigma or 300mm. I originally bought the 50-135 for indoor events like graduations and swim meets. We currently do not have much in the way of those type of events going on. Has anyone with either of these two lenses considered selling and acquiring the 18-135?

01-30-2011, 12:36 PM   #2
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I sold me DA* 50-135 and replaced it with the DA 18-135

I had the DA 17-70 and DA* 50-135 and sold both. I use a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 in my studio and it does an outstanding job.

I just received my 18-135 on Friday and haven't really had a chance to put it through its paces But, I can tell you that the build quality is great and it has a very solid feel to it.

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Sold my 50-135mm a while back as I couldn't handle the slow focusing and sold my 18-250mm last week.

18-135mm hopefully arriving Thursday.
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In terms of absolute size, there isn't too much between the 18-250 and the 18-135mm. The 18-135mm flips to 5.6 at about 67mm. It is a good outdoor lens, and to be honest, handling wise I haven't noticed any issue with blurring even when hand holding down to 1/8 at 135mm. It does feel very tight, although I have made it creep. Focussing speed/accuracy excellent (on K-7).

However, if you are indoors, the subject motion is going to get you, unless you crank the iso up! Outdoors, it is a very capable performer. Colour and contrast are good. My observations are that the sharpness is good for pixel peeping to around the 8x magnification when chimping.

I'm happy with mine, but I don't have the 50-135mm to compare to.

Hope this helps.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Clarkey Quote
Using an entirely stupid amount of photographic gear, however 50% down on six months ago.....
Oh, how I can relate to this statement.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GaryH Quote
Has anyone with either of these two lenses considered selling and acquiring the 18-135?
I have a DA18-250mm that i use with my K-7 for outdoor shooting primarily.

No I would not sell the DA18-250mm for the 18-135. The DA18-250mm is my workhorse and I shoot more than 60% of all my shots with it. The focal range is a great asset and the IQ is excellent considering the limitations of a zoom lens. On paper, the only advantage of the 18-135mm would be the WR. But I have used my DA18-250mm in some very bad weather situations showing that the lens is sturdy, roust and WR-like. For me, such a proven track record is ample demonstration...

Unless LBA, no need of the 18-135mm for now....

Hope that the comment will help...
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I have a DA18-250mm that i use with my K-7 for outdoor shooting primarily.

No I would not sell the DA18-250mm for the 18-135. The DA18-250mm is my workhorse and I shoot more than 60% of all my shots with it. The focal range is a great asset and the IQ is excellent considering the limitations of a zoom lens. On paper, the only advantage of the 18-135mm would be the WR. But I have used my DA18-250mm in some very bad weather situations showing that the lens is sturdy, roust and WR-like. For me, such a proven track record is ample demonstration...
I get what you are saying. I am just trying to decide if my money might be put to better use buying a lens that sees daylight more often. I hate for the 50-135 to be idle when another glass might see more use.
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Have just bought the 18-135 and love it !! Quiet, fast focus and lightweight ! My always on the camera lens

Can't cope with the 18-250 !! can't easily hand hold at 150+ and that lens creep drives me nuts !!

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