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07-29-2011, 04:42 AM   #1
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Smallest Zooms!!

Just thought of gathering a quick list of the smallest sized zooms in
  • Widest to mid tele Zooms (like 18-50 or 28-70 etc)
  • Wide to Tele Zooms (like one lens for all kind 18-145 or 18-200/300)
  • Mid to Long range Zooms (like 55-200 or 70-300 etc)

I am aware there is a whole set of lens in the lens database section, but just thought it will be easy to hear a quick set from veterans from what they are using - ofcourse IQ matters. Also not anything above $350. asking too much, let's see what's going to come out!

07-29-2011, 04:52 AM   #2
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Not the lightest (that's likely the lousy A35-80) but the smallest is the F35-70. This came up on another forum -- IIRC somebody noted a 3rd-party MF 35-70 that's the same size as the F35-70 but a few grams lighter. So when we say 'smallest', we must consider 1) dimensions, 2) weight, and also 3) whether it's a piece of lightweight plastic crap that nobody sane would want to use.
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F 35-70/3.5-4.5 is the smallest zoom lens for K-mount.
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Supposedly, the Cosina (Phoenix, Vivitar, Promaster, Voightlander) 28-210mm AF / IF f/4.2-6.5 is the smallest wide to tele zoom of it's focal length range on the market. I have one, and when it's zoomed all the way back to 28mm, it's barely longer than my 18-55 Pentax DA kit lens. So it's pretty petite.

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QuoteOriginally posted by GibbyTheMole Quote
Supposedly, the Cosina (Phoenix, Vivitar, Promaster, Voightlander) 28-210mm AF / IF f/4.2-6.5 is the smallest wide to tele zoom of it's focal length range on the market. I have one, and when it's zoomed all the way back to 28mm, it's barely longer than my 18-55 Pentax DA kit lens. So it's pretty petite.

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thanks Bobbo, how good is it optically? and is it an auto aperture lens?
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I'm surprised at how small the DA 55-300 is. Substantially smaller than Tamron's 70-300. From what I've read and it's backed by my comparison between the two, the 55-300 is hard to beat for the price. Watch for it used, you can get it for $300 if you're patient.
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Answer to Smallest zooms

Hi Sany, I just ordered a Sigma 50-200mm f/4-5.6 lens. It is compact and has the Hypersonic Motor (HSM) and optical stabilisation with a metal mount for $159.00 at B and H. The optical quality is supposed to be good. I let you know after I take some pictures with it.
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It's very hard to out-tiny the da50-200.. and the wr model even uses 49mm filters. My only non-kit zoom of note is a promaster 28-70.
I let a tamron 18-250 go after finding a deal on a Sigma 18-200; more compact (no surprise there ), similar iq & zero creep on my copy. Works fine on 12Mpix k-x, though a bit of sharpening helps.
An interesting 'tweener is the new sigma 18-50: a bit bulky but never gets bigger with its internal focus & zoom. It's decent but I keept the da16-45 instead.


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QuoteOriginally posted by jusfun21 Quote
Hi Sany, I just ordered a Sigma 50-200mm f/4-5.6 lens. It is compact and has the Hypersonic Motor (HSM) and optical stabilisation with a metal mount for $159.00 at B and H. The optical quality is supposed to be good. I let you know after I take some pictures with it.
will look forward to your review and pics! thanks
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