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11-08-2007, 05:36 PM   #1
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Keep the old Tamron 28-200? or...

Used to be a fairly avid amateur before digital and am now with prices moderating somewhat I'm back in. I bought the K10D for two reasons - one, because I've always owned Pentax and been happy, and two, because I still have my Tamron AF 28-200 and loved it as a walkaround lens ten years ago.

Well, now I realize with the crop factor, it's just not wide enough. So originally I thought I'd buy the new Tamron 18-250 to replace it, but looking at eBay, my 28-200 is really not worth much. Maybe keep the 28-200 and get a good wide zoom to compliment it? Or sell...but would the new 18-250 give me higher quality pictures than the older 28-200.. mitigating the loss I'd take somewhat?

Unless someone tells me I'd get much better pics with the new Tammy, I think I'm leaning towards a wide zoom.. and carrying 2 lenses most of the time. I know I have to make my own decision here, but would appreciate any input anyone has.


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11-08-2007, 08:21 PM   #2
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If you won't get too much for it and the image quality is satisfactory, I'd keep it. For a wide angle, the 12-24 and 10-17 are both nice. The fisheye is about 1/2 the cost of the 12-24, but not everyone likes the distortion.
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If you got the 18 - 55mm kit lens you might just be happy with the range between the 2 lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by little laker Quote
If you got the 18 - 55mm kit lens you might just be happy with the range between the 2 lenses.
LOL... I was thinking the same thing. Make it easy on yourself and your budget.

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If you got the 18 - 55mm kit lens you might just be happy with the range between the 2 lenses.
Nope.. just bought the K10D body and thought I'd be set for awhile with the 28-200.

I'm happy with what I get out of the old lens, plus wouldn't the fact that there's a crop factor be a plus as far as edge distortion?

I'm currently lusting over the Pentax 12-24. That would give me very decent wide angle coverage, but a gap between the two lenses.

The other option, which might take some time, is to pick up the Pentax 16-45, then if I felt I needed wider - look at the Sigma 10-20. That would give me great overlapping coverage.... but 3 lenses to carry.
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Hi flyboy909

Do as I did ! If your budget allows, get hold of a Tamron 18-250mm Di II superzoom and augment it with Sigma's 10-20mm HSM, to cover the rare occasions when 18mm (27.5mm) isn't sufficiently wide enough.....this pair make an AWESOME combination, believe me !!!

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QuoteOriginally posted by flyboy909 Quote
I'm currently lusting over the Pentax 12-24. That would give me very decent wide angle coverage, but a gap between the two lenses.

That gap of 4mm is insignificant. I don't worry aboot my gap from 50-70....

The 12-24 is a heck of a lens, but many like the Sigma 10-22 which is significantly cheaper. I already had the Pentax 10-17 before I even know about the Sigma, but I wanted the fisheye from the beginning. The 12-24 was the last of my LBA.
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Kit lens + Tamron 28-200

I have a K10D with the 18-55mm kit lens, plus an older Tamron 28-200mm AF zoom that I used on my film cameras.

The combination works well for me. Usually, when I'm shooting indoors, I put the kit lens on the camera. Outdoors, I start with the Tamron. Reason: indoors, I'm more likely to need wide angle; outdoors, 28mm is usually wide enough and I'm more likely to need 200mm.

Of course, occasionally, I have to change lenses in either case, but this works as a starting point for me.

I'd love to have the Tamron 18-250mm zoom, or the Pentax equivalent, but that isn't in the budget, right now.

Paul Noble

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