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01-09-2012, 07:20 PM   #1
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Is DA 55-300/ 18-55 Combo better than Tamron 28-200?

I have been using the Tamron for almost 3 years with generally satisfactory results. I wonder if I switch to the DA 55-300 plus my original DA 18-55 WR would improve the clarity etc to compensate for the hassle of changing lenses. Or will I not see much improvement? I use my camera mainly for desert hiking - lots of indian ruins and petroglyphs plus colorful landscapes and flowers, some wildlife. I have a K-7. Typo in the header. it is 18-200 not 28.

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The 55-300mm should be better as it's a dedicated telephoto, but I wouldn't say that the 18-55mm would be much of a step up. I guess it would be pointless to have both the 28-200 and the 55-300, though. If you want the extra reach of the 2-lens setup, I'd say go for it. Or, for landscape shots, why not get a sharp prime?

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The combo would be both longer and wider, so from that aspect, it's better.
01-09-2012, 08:26 PM   #4
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Is DA 55-300/ 18-55 Combo better than Tamron 28-200?
Optically, yes. Use-wise, no. For the best of both worlds, look for the DA18-250 or its Tamron twin.

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If you do decide you want the 300 then consider the DAL version which is optically identical but is missing quick shift focus and has a plastic mount.
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For me, having a true wider angle would be reason to make the switch. Difference in IQ is going to be small but difference in FOV between 28mm and 18mm is huge.
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I got my K-x in a kit with both the 18-55 and the 55-300 and would definitely miss the extra reach at the long end and width at the short end. Especially the 55-300 never ceases to amaze me. The only improvement I could see is making it faster, but this would also make it larger and heavier. This was at 1/6000s, 300mm, f/8, slightly cropped:


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