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01-30-2008, 11:47 PM   #1
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2 Super Zoom Options

***edit, make that 3

I'm in the market for a super zoom for my K100DS. Its going to be my main walk around/holiday lens.

Tamron AF 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD (plastic mount?)
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Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II
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Tamron AF 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II LD

Does anyone have any hands on experience or comments about these lenses?

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Go with the Tamron 18-250 which has been dubbed the best superzoom. The 28-300 might not be wide enough (for me anyway).

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the 18-200 and 18-250 are reviewed on photozone. the 18-250 looks better
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I currently own the Tamron 18-250 and I love it. Though one of the main benefits of an SLR is the interchangeable lenses, the 18-250 is a really high quality lens that can cover a large range. I bought it to use as a general use everyday lense, and I have not been disappointed. You will experience some vignetting at the low end of the focal range, and the lense does get pretty slow at the long end of its range, but for instances when you can only have one lense, this is a great solution.

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If you look at the lenses the 28-300 is a full frame lens.

the other 2 are the same field of view equivelents for digital (ASP-C size sensor)

I agree with others that the 28 may not be wide enough, for a pentax DSLR, if you are considering a single lens solution, but if you are willing to carry your kit lens aslo, it might be OK
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Option 3. Get the 18-250mm. I owned the 28-300 at one point, and found that the IQ was better on the 18-250 and that often times, the 28mm wasn't wide enough for an all purpose walk-around lens. Ended up selling the 28-300.
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Sorry for the late response on my part.

Thanks for the replies and advise everyone, I appreciate it.

The Tamron 18-250 lenses are heavily back ordered in the local shop. I went for the Pentax 18-250 version instead. I'll have it by Tuesday as they have to transfer it from their other store.
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QuoteOriginally posted by metalfab Quote
The Tamron 18-250 lenses are heavily back ordered in the local shop. I went for the Pentax 18-250 version instead. I'll have it by Tuesday as they have to transfer it from their other store.
Opps, Make that tomorrow (Wednesday) ...1 day late, I'm patient

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