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11-21-2007, 11:00 AM   #1
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New Pentax 18-250 Or 18-55?

I just bought a K10D and it came with the DA 18 - 55.
The guy at the store asked if I would like to have the new Pentax 18 to 250 instead.
Is the 18- 250 a better lens(sharper photos). I know there is a better reach.
Is there any other reasons why I should'nt by it?

Mike

11-21-2007, 12:27 PM   #2
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hi mike!
i don't know the pentax 18-250 but the 18-55.
what i have already read the tamron 18-250 should be very good. i mean for a lens with such a range. but maybe the pentax is better. it has the smc coating.
but i coudn't image that the 18-55 is worse than the 18-250.
if you need the range and you have the money, the 18-250 costs about 10 times more, then take the 18-250.
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11-21-2007, 12:41 PM   #3
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I'd definetely get 18-250, because as a starting lens it is unbeatable, it gives you total freedom! The optical quality of 18-250 should be (i don't own it but i have seen tests) AT LEAST as it is on 18-55, perhaps better. But don't expect dramatic increase in sharpness in wide open apertures, it's a superzoom after all, not a prime.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Captain Quote
I just bought a K10D and it came with the DA 18 - 55.
The guy at the store asked if I would like to have the new Pentax 18 to 250 instead.
Is the 18- 250 a better lens(sharper photos). I know there is a better reach.
Is there any other reasons why I should'nt by it?

Mike
Well, if he offered the camera with the 18-250 for the same price as with the 18-55, you would be insane not to go for the 18-250. A $500 lens vs. a $75 lens? A no-brainer.

If it's a lot more with the 18-250 (as it probably is), I'd go for the 18-55 and see if you really need the extra reach. Then you can always pick one up later. Nearly all of my shots are at <50mm, so the extra reach would probably not get used that often.

Another option (sorry) is the DA 16-45, which is a fantastic lens. Head and shoulders above the kit lens in terms of image quality, and will set you back less than the 18-250. Just a thought.

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Hi Mike (Captain)

Re your query:
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Is the 18- 250 a better lens (sharper photos) ?
I really can't comment on whether the Pentax DA 18-55mm is sharper in it's equivalent zoom range than the Tamron 18-250mm Di II because I've only handled one very briefly at the time that I was purchasing my K10D, D-BG2 grip & Tamron zoom at the photographic store.
Prior to buying this equipment and after much careful consideration, I eventually decided to obtain just the K10D body without the kit lens, because I felt the 18-55mm duplicated the identical region as the lower section of the Tamron.
I am obviously slightly biased regarding the advantages of Tamron's 18-250mm Di II (of which the Pentax version is a virtual clone) because it suits my particular photographic & travel requirements very nicely. Might I suggest that if the store from where you obtained the camera is amenable, you temporarily borrow the Pentax 18-250mm for an hour or so and use your SD card to shoot a variety of pictures, using the WHOLE of the zoom range. Then return the lens and carefully examine the EXIF data of the SD card on a computer. See which parts of the zoom-range appeal to you most ? That way you'll soon find out if the Pentax/Tamron 18-250mm meets your needs or not.

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11-21-2007, 05:42 PM   #6
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Mind Made Up!

I had to get the kit lens (DA 18 - 55mm) back today or they would charge me for it.
I picked up the popular DA 16-45mm F4 ED AL.
I also bought the DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 hope this is a good lens as well.
I want a 100-400 or 500mm for wildlife but they are $1200.00 and thats alot more than I can afford right now.
Can you buy them used on line ?

Thanks guys for the input.

Mike

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The Sigma 135-400 is a very popular lens here and for sale on the used section from time to time.
However they aren't making it in Pentax mounts at the moment, and I don't know if they ever will again.
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