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01-22-2008, 06:40 PM   #16
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Thanks for the test shots jsherman !

Confused - thanks a lot - I'm sorry you had to spell that out for me. I have to do my research - I appreciate it though. It seems I can't go wrong with the versatility of the Tamron 18-250mm. I saw the 6-year warranty and I'm not sure a beginner like me would be able to notice the slight differences betwen the tamron and pentax - the six year warranty should be the difference.

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I was almost set on the Tamron SP 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD-IF as my next lens but the photos I've see with the Tamron 18 - 250mm f/3.5-f/6.3 XR DI-II LD Aspherical (IF) AF sure have be thinking otherwise.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sprags Quote
I was almost set on the Tamron SP 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD-IF as my next lens but the photos I've see with the Tamron 18 - 250mm f/3.5-f/6.3 XR DI-II LD Aspherical (IF) AF sure have be thinking otherwise.

As an outdoor walkaround, I think it's peerless for it's price class. It (and the Pentax version) will probably be one of those 'semi-legendary' lenses everyone pines about 10 years from now.

However - Based on speed, that 28-75 f/2.8 is going to be a better low-light lens - faster, slightly better indoor lens. I think the Tamron/Pentax 18-250 is at around f/4.5 by 75mm - you'd have much more shutter speed choices at f/2.8. I can't speak for the image quality of the 28-70, but I'm sure you can find reviews.

Not to muddy the waters any more - just get both! :^)

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Tamron 18 - 250mm f/3.5-f/6.3 XR DI-II LD Aspherical (IF) AF - $449 with free shipping ibuydigitial.com

Pentax SMCP-DA 18mm - 250mm f/3.5-6.3 AL (IF) Autofocus Zoom lens - $470 free shipping adorama.com

So, Six-year warranty OR SMC coating ?

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OK, if you insist.....(goes to throw away his 105mm f/2.8 Macro and 10-20mm ultra-wide angle lenses)

QuoteOriginally posted by lithos Quote
Instead of the Tamron 18-250, get the Pentax version - it's got better SMC.

Stay the hell away from any Sigma lens under $800US new.
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Hi egordon99

As for lithos's priceless advice:
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Stay the hell away from any Sigma lens under $800US new.
Nah mate, you need new glasses, innit !

I always wondered what it might collectively feel like to be a 'Lemming'

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(goes to throw away his......10-20mm ultra-wide angle lens)
So if 'egordon99' wouldn't mind temporarily looking after my Sigma 10-20mm whilst I prepare to throw myself headlong off the nearest cliff, I guess I might soon find out ! However, on second thoughts........ maybe I really OUGHT to wait and see just how well the new K20D pans out before making any hasty decisions !

Best regards
Richard

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All of the members of our local Pentax camera club who have the Tamron 18-250 absolutely love this lens. At last count 11 of our members own one. Only one member owns the DA 18-250.

Personally I prefer the DA.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
As an outdoor walkaround, I think it's peerless for it's price class. It (and the Pentax version) will probably be one of those 'semi-legendary' lenses everyone pines about 10 years from now.

However - Based on speed, that 28-75 f/2.8 is going to be a better low-light lens - faster, slightly better indoor lens. I think the Tamron/Pentax 18-250 is at around f/4.5 by 75mm - you'd have much more shutter speed choices at f/2.8. I can't speak for the image quality of the 28-70, but I'm sure you can find reviews.

Not to muddy the waters any more - just get both! :^)
you would there would be reviews for this 28-70 lens...but there aren't. I kinda regret getting the 18-55 kit lens...

if i had to it over again i would either start with the 28-70 or the Tamron 18-250.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sprags Quote
you would there would be reviews for this 28-70 lens...but there aren't. I kinda regret getting the 18-55 kit lens...

if i had to it over again i would either start with the 28-70 or the Tamron 18-250.

Here's a pretty good set of consumer reviews on the 28-70 - looks pretty good, actually:

Link---> FM Reviews - AF 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom

Another--->Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Lens Review

Don't be too bummed about getting the 18-55, it's actually a fairly good lens. Before I had my 18-250, the 18-55 was my widest lens, and it's given me a bunch of really good shots.
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Hi Wendy B

When you said:

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Personally I prefer the DA.
I didn't realise you had a thing for District Attorneys........lol !!!!!

Sorry, but I couldn't resist......

Best regards
Richard
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