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12-30-2006, 10:25 AM   #1
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Tamron/Pentax Combo - Your Thoughs?

Hi All:

I'm considering a change in my current lens line up to (1) gain constant f/2.8 capability (within my most-used range) and (2) broaden the wide end to 24mm, 35mm equivelant. Would apprecite your thoughts..... I currently have (and LOVE) a K10D.

Right now, I have a Pentax FA24-90mm, DA50-200 and Tamron 70-300DI. I am expecting the new f/2.8 and weather-proof series of Pentax lenses to run around $1,000 and up each and none will go from wide or normal to over 100mm (like a 24/28-105 or 24/28-135. And my primary use (aside from the telephoto for birds/animals) is in the 50 - 135 (35mm equivelant) range.

So, that said, here is what I'm considering (and would appreciate your thoughts on - to "replace" my Pentax FA24-90 for primary lens use):
  • A Pentax DA16-45 f/4, and
  • A Tamron 28-75 DI f/2.8.

I was considering the Tamron 17-35 F2.8-4.5 but given they are the same price w/rebates, I much prefer the Pentax 16-45.

Your thoughts are most welcome on this combo.... I've heard that the Tamron is excellent, but you may need to "find a good copy". I've had excellent experience w/Tamron's in the past (24-135 f/Nikon, 500mm Mirror, and current 70-300 DI.

Thanks very muich!
Bob

12-30-2006, 10:49 AM   #2
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I have had both of the Tamron lenses but sold my 28-75/2.8 when I bought my FA*28-70/2.8. Now I wish I'd kept that lens because it would be nice to have a backup in that focal length. Here are a couple of pics take with the Tamron 28-75/2.8:
http://www.pbase.com/junpark/image/47148292/original.jpg
http://www.pbase.com/junpark/image/43535996/original.jpg
http://www.pbase.com/junpark/image/43535994/original.jpg

I still have the Tamron 17-35 and I think it's a great lens. The reason I bought this over the Pentax DA 16-45 is that I like full-frame lenses and I don't have any real reason for this preference other than plain ol' prejudice...
Here are a couple of pics taken with the Tamron 17-35:
http://www.pbase.com/junpark/image/46911466/original.jpg
http://www.pbase.com/junpark/image/46911467/original.jpg
12-30-2006, 11:02 AM   #3
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Nice Shots Jun!!

Thanks for the thoughts! Obviously both are very good lenses!

Bob
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