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08-08-2011, 01:13 PM   #1
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DA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 for outdoor sports?

would the SMC Pentax-DA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 ED AL [IF] be okay for outdoor sports? specifically ultimate frisbee, taking pictures from the sideline where players can be very close or pretty far. i need the range because 18-55 isn't enough and 70-300 is too much. Im also on a limited budget, so around $300. would the tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 or sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 be better?

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The 18-250 in Pentax or Tamron garb would be fine.

I have experience with the Tamron 18-200 and comparing the two the 18-250 gives overall better IQ.

That being said, the Tamron 18-200 is not bad and can be found much cheaper usually.

I don't have experience with the Sigma so can't comment.

I've found the reviews here in the lens section are generally pretty much right on.
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The DA L 55-300 would be better yet. If 55mm is too long take 2 or 3 steps back.
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My wife uses the Pentax 18-250 on our K20D and after running the pictures through DxO preset I don't think there is anything lacking in the pictures she gets. She use that lens for everything pretty much. I think the colors from that lens/camera combo are great. Only problem you might have is the F stop getting smaller as you zoom out. But that might be hard to avoid without spending the bucks.

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Another comparatively inexpensive option would be the DAL 55-300. My daughter is in to ultimate frisbee too. I took along my 16-45 and my 55-300. Since the games are so casual, it's easy to be fairly close to the field.
Started w/ the 16-45 but quickly moved to the 55-300 and stayed with it for the rest of the day. Fairly bright day: ISO 200-400; f5.6-7.1; shutter speed at 1/1000. Focal length used was 55-120mm. It was easiest just to use the Sports mode on my K-x. Great, sharp shots... I love my 55-300.
(Looks like you can get one at Adorama for $230.)
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I have the DA18-250mm and use it with a K-7. It works very nicely in outdoor sports. Go for it.

In fact, Buy & Sell New & Used Cameras ? Canon, Nikon, Hasselblad, Leica & More - KEH.com had one last night as Bargain for less than $350.

Hope that the comment will help.
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Ah, we're back to the 18-250 vs 55-300 wars! I prefer the 18-250, it's my basic lens; all my other ~215 lenses are specialty tools. The 55-300 has a little more reach but loses a LOT on the wide end. My minimal kit for everyday life contains the Tamron 10-24 for tight spaces, the FA50/1.4 for dim or fast-action situations, and the DA18-250 for everything else.
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all your comments were really helpful! thanks so much, i have some serious decisions to make!

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I like your lens choice there Rio. Nice to hear what you actually use often, given the choice you must have
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QuoteOriginally posted by tensai Quote
specifically ultimate frisbee
QuoteOriginally posted by mgvh Quote
My daughter is in to ultimate frisbee too.
Never heard of it. Could you just drop some pictures. I guess that when the light is okay there are more options on the lens. What I've seen is 18-250 is better. Maybe you run into secondhand 18-270mm.
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I like your lens choice there Rio. Nice to hear what you actually use often, given the choice you must have
What my accumulation gives me (besides cheap bragging rights) (and a base for lens comparisons) is a wide selection for trying stuff out. My lens-of-the-day (or sometimes -of-the-week) strategy: grab something under-used, and try it. Those are overwhelmingly old manual primes. The other AF zooms that I use a lot are the DA10-17 (the lens that drove me to Pentax), F35-70, and FA100-300 (silver). These are all optically fine. But the DA18-250 is still what gets me around.
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Ah, we're back to the 18-250 vs 55-300 wars!
No need for a war. The 18-250 is a much better standard zoom, the 55-300mm is a much better telephoto.
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Never heard of it. Could you just drop some pictures. I guess that when the light is okay there are more options on the lens. What I've seen is 18-250 is better. Maybe you run into secondhand 18-270mm.
Ultimate Frisbee is a team sport that sort of reminds me of a no- or low-contact rugby. Your goal is to advance the frisbee the length of the field into the scoring area at the end, but I think you can only advance it by throwing. Never by moving your feet once you posess it. I think if you drop it, the other team takes posession. I'm not an expert, but it looks liike fun and can be played by anyone who can run and throw a frisbee. It's popular on college campuses in the US as an intramural sport.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jason 407 Quote
It's popular on college campuses in the US as an intramural sport.
AKA the "Hippie Olympics". "doesn't matter who wins cause they're all losers"
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its actually a really high action competitive sport in the college and club levels


something can happen within a split second, so a good lens is a must!
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