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03-16-2011, 08:05 AM   #1
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Budget mid range zoom ~ 28-105mm

I'm looking for relatively low cost mid range zoom to go between the 18-55 kit lens I have and the 50-200/55-300 I intend to buy in near future. The main intended use (and why I donít want to pay too much) is taking photos of kayaking. I've found the reach on the kit lens to not be far enough but the 50/55 of the tel zooms would be too close at times.

The main ones I'm looking are the pentax-f and tamron 28-105mm (not the power zoom though) and the sigma version with f2.8. The fa version (f4-5.6) is a contender but often seems to go for high amounts. I think the tamron and pentax-f have the highest user reviews. What do people think and what's a good price for them, Iím watching a few on eBay UK at the moment.



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The f 35-105 is very very good and also quite cheap- it's what I'd recommend.

Of course, there's the da 18-135 as well (which is weather-sealed, something that you might find useful), but it's not exacly a budget lens.
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Hi Tim,

I'd recommend the Pentax FA 28-105 f 3.2-4.5. It's the version that is most often represented as the best of the Pentax lenses in this FL range. Most of the ones I've seen are silver, though there are quite a few black ones out there. I have a silver one. . .

It's very compact -- about 1/2" shorter than the DA 50-200 and is pretty sharp throughout the range.

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I've got a promaster (Tamron) 28-105 that is a remarkable little lens. I've also heard that it may be essentially the same as the FA28-105. Considering it was part of a 100.00 4 lens deal it was cheap. But it really is a sharp little lens with great contrast. Check out the reviews for the Tamron.

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You can try keeping an eye out for the Sigma 28-105 f/2.8-4 which I've seen running in the $100 range. Not super sharp (my copy anyway), but not all that bad either. At about twice the price there is the Tamron 28-135 f/2.8-4, which I hear is pretty good optically.
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I like my Tamron 28-105mm. It is a good walk about and takes sharp pictures. They can be found for under $100.
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I have just got myself a Tamron 28-105 with a broken MZ film camrea for about £26, I think thats $40? came with filters too, F4 might be a bit slow so I might keep a look out for sigma f2.8 or FA f3.2. There was a sigma going too (with working MZ camrea) but that went for about three times as much.

And yes Adam the DA 18-135 WR is the lens I really want for this aplication but not at its price, not for a while at least. WR is good too, one thing that attracted me to Pentax/Samsung was WR in cheaper camreas that canon/nikon offer
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+1 for the Tamron 28-105 1:4-5.6 : I also have the Promaster badged one and it is a very decent piece for the price . No speed king, but outside, in good light 4/5.6 is as large/fast as I need most of the time anyway. The Sigma in the same range is a stop faster, but needs to be stopped down for sharpness as one might have inferred from the price. Otoh, low light (people) snaps might be improved from a bit of softness, so that might not be so bad .

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QuoteOriginally posted by tim_kayak Quote
I'm looking for relatively low cost mid range zoom to go between the 18-55 kit lens I have and the 50-200/55-300 I intend to buy in near future. The main intended use (and why I don’t want to pay too much) is taking photos of kayaking. I've found the reach on the kit lens to not be far enough but the 50/55 of the tel zooms would be too close at times.

The main ones I'm looking are the pentax-f and tamron 28-105mm (not the power zoom though) and the sigma version with f2.8. The fa version (f4-5.6) is a contender but often seems to go for high amounts. I think the tamron and pentax-f have the highest user reviews. What do people think and what's a good price for them, I’m watching a few on eBay UK at the moment.

I would look at the Tamron SP 24-135 3.5-5.6. It has great range and IQ. Read some of the owner reviews here: FM Reviews - Tamron AF 24-135MM F/3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical (IF) Macro The lens is FF, retails in the $500 range, but I saw one recently @ our Marketplace near $200. I own the lens and am impressed with it, since it is excellent throughout its range. Colors, contrast and sharpness=excellent. Also, it is built like a tank, but not overly heavy--great on my K20d.
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The Tamron 28-200 is also good. but go for the 62mm filter version, not the old one. I just got one. Not bad.

FM Reviews - Tamron AF 28-200MM F/3.8-5.6 XR Aspherical (IF) Macro

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I've got the Sigma 2.8-4 version, and in general really like it, for a zoom. Fussy to shoot at times, not really great shakes wide open, at all, but there are some tremendously-sweet sweet spots.


Right now mine's being a poor gal's Tammie 28-75 2.8, (Which is probably as far as I need to go for a zoom: if I'm picky, I want primes, usually, but sometimes you need consistency) My attitude's 'Good enough for the papers wide open, otherwise useful stopped down.' For the money, they're good, and the extra length is also useful/fun. They were made for film cameras, though, and in this case they could probably benefit from some internal coatings. They can get fussy about EV ranges in the bright. I do like mine, though. if you stop down, and pick your FL and range right, you can often just get pretty impressive results for a zoom.
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FA28-70 is good. So is DA17-70. However, the SDM motor on my second hand DA17-70 failed.
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Did consider lenses with a max reach of 70mm but thought this could be a bit short.

Did wonder weather an f4 lens maybe too slow, the question is weather the sigma 28-105 is better at lower f stops than the tamaron at 4/5.6. Will keep a look out for a sigma or other F2.8 lens. Will hopefully get to try out the Tamaron next weekend.

I have already considering my next lens, is this the beginning of LBA?
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