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02-09-2011, 09:45 AM   #1
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28 - 300mm Lens or similar

I am looking to add to my collection and at first i was thinking both a macro and tele lens but it was suggested that i look into a 28 - 300 or 28 -200 lens. Any suggestions on a good one for my K-x that won't break my bank (or my Hubby, LOL). I was/am thinking Sigma or Tamron, anybody have one they love or hate? Some photo example would be great too!

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I have just recently bought a second-hand Sigma 28-200mm 1:3.5 - 5.6 DL Hyperzoom Macro for a walk-around lens. Not bad, not bad after all for the price. A 18-200 is another way to go with, but will cost about twice the price of 20-200.
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I have a Sigma 28-300 DG that serves me well. Granted, I am not quite as fussy about image quality as some others but I think the Sigma DG 28-300mm f3.5-6.3 has earned a permanent spot in my bag. The 1:3 macro is an acceptable compromise compared with zoom lenses of a shorter focal range and it has a little shorter distance to subject focus that I like. I mean a ratio of 1:2 at a distance of say 4 feet still creates greater magnification than a ratio of 1:3 at two feet. I just like being closer to the subject when in macro.
On the long end, it can be a little unsharp and 28mm is not really "wide" to some with our smaller sensors but I think the 28-300 serves many needs and the Sigma DG does it well.
If you can avoid paying $300 for a new one, that would be my suggestion. That's my frugality making judgements. After you have done more homework and if you settle for the Sigma, take some more time and try to find a very good, new or used one for under $200 and you should be very happy.
Something like an 18-250 would be better but it is always hard for me to justify to myself the higher price range and I would probably always wish an 18-200 were longer.

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I took my KX with a 18-250 to disney last year and it never left my camera... I second the 28 may not be wide enough for a do everything lens.

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I'm with the 18 - 200 crowd. I just don't think 28mm is wide enough on the Kx.
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I would go with the 18-250 by either Sigma, Tamron or Pentax. Those are around $400 used but are considered very good super zooms. I had the Tamron 18-200 which is considered inferior to the 18-250. I found the IQ to be pretty good but not great and the AF was pretty slow. Obviously the biggest advantage is the convenience of have one lens that goes from 18-200mm and the 18-200 Tamron can be had for <$250 new from BH.
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I have a very good Tamron AF AS AL 28-200 with matched closeup adapter that I'd planned to list on eBay. For US$75 + your choice of USPS shipping, it's yours. Adapter is NIB. Lens is like new, complete with front and rear caps and original hood. I like its IQ, but I use my DA18-250 and just don't use this shorter older brother. If interested, PM me.
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I just purchased "a very good Tamron AF AS AL 28-200 with matched closeup adapter"

I can't wait to get my hands on it

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"The Czech is in the male." Wait, this isn't about hikers being eaten by a pair of bears, is it? I mean, I'm about to leave for the Post Office with your package. Happy Birthday to you!
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Oh man you bought a tamron from riorico... well too late now...

just saying xkcd did a comic of the last thing I bought from him...

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QuoteOriginally posted by icywarm Quote
Oh man you bought a tamron from riorico... well too late now...

just saying xkcd did a comic of the last thing I bought from him...
What? I don't think I've ever shipped a lens to Saskatoon or thereabouts. You think you bought something from me? Certainly not through the Marketplace here, 'cause I've never bought nor sold anything here. What and when? Details, please. My eBay ID is r*m -- what's yours?
He looked like he'd swallowed a live bobcat,
then done something to piss it off.
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I assume he (icywarm) is making a joke??? Thanks for the birthday wishes RioRico and I can't wait to get my hands on that lenses and post some new pics taken with it!
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riorico... yes just some dry humour... any excuse for me to quote xkcd brings a smile to my face and makes my life a little happier!

enjoy your tamie...
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I recently bought a Promaster 28-200 (Made by Tamron?) along with a ZX-10 film camera off Craigslist for less than $100. I find the image quality about the same as my DA 50-200. It is heavier but I love not having to change to my DA 18-55 when I need just a bit wider than 50 mm.

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Alrighty y'all, here we go... I took these at the park here in town during my lunch hour. No editing has been done, it was cold (for us) but bright and sunny. I just about had a heart attack in the meantime! Some guy squatted down behind me while I was taking a picture of a flower and asked what I was photographing, problem was I never heard him walk up until he was right behind me! Guess I need to pay a little more attention to what's going on around/behind me!
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