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04-09-2013, 10:29 AM   #1
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Can Tamron 28-75 replace DA 35/2.4 and A 50/1.7?

Your opinions please. I just bought a Tamron 28-75 yesterday, my first zoom ever! It should get to me Friday or Saturday so in that time, I'm going to be wondering whether I can divest myself of redundant focal lengths, namely the DA 35/2.4 and A 50/1.7. Selling redundant focal length lenses would go towards saving up funds to get a K-30. If anything, I would think that the DA 35/2.4 might be able to go. I might hold on to the A 50/1.7 just because it goes down to 1.7.

The big reason why I went with the Tamron 28-75 is my perception of its versatility-to-image-quality ratio. I just did a wedding this past weekend for an acquaintance (with mostly manual focus primes! It can sort of be done!) and it was somewhat of a pain to be worrying about focal lengths.

Obviously I will do my own image quality testing when the lens gets here but I wanted to see what other people thought.

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That's why a lots of wedding pro prime guys run multiple body set ups, so there's no down time and they've a built in back up position.
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I would keep the Tamron, sell the others.
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the 2 body set up is the way to go either with primes or zooms you get the 28-70 and the 70-200 both F:2.8 tammy's and run the 2 body system and you cant loss

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The tamron can easily compete, I'm finding primes are only good for speed and size really. The IQ of a good modern zoom is far beyond what you need in a lens, though the bokeh of some is a bit sketchy. Primes are more fun, but if you're working, fun isn't going to do much to help.
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That's why a lots of wedding pro prime guys run multiple body set ups, so there's no down time and they've a built in back up position.
I definitely had the two body setup going on Saturday. It was an outdoor ceremony. I used my K200D as my main body (I prefer its handling and images, compared to the K-x), with the M 85/2. I had the K-x with DA 35/2.4 as the alternate. For the indoor reception, I switched the 35 and 85 and used off-camera flash.

The combination of Tamron 28-75 and 70-200 would be great but I can't afford the 70-200 right now.
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Let me know what you think. Considering a 28-75 for myself, as, even with the 16-50 and 50-135, I still love that range.(Have a F28-80 3.5-4.5, and I still use it at times)
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If you don't mind the size of the 28-75m, it will almost certainly replace the 35/2.4. The A 50/1.7 has a bit more going for it vs. the zoom, but except for the odd artistic shot I can't imagine you would need to use it much.

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tamron 28-75 will definitely useful for wedding shooting job. However, it'll be a little boring after using it for a while as it did not give me much wow factor. I'll keep both tammy and A 50.
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Keep the Tamron and the 50/1.7. The DA35 might seem a bit redundant now that you have a good quality zoom in that range.
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If anything, I would think that the DA 35/2.4 might be able to go. I might hold on to the A 50/1.7 just because it goes down to 1.7.
I don't know anything about the Tamron, but that was my conclusion on skimming through the posts. The Tamron will let you work around 35mm +/- without much loss of light. But as you note, the 50/1.7 is there for when the lighting is limited or you deliberately want an even thinner depth of field.
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The 35mm is definitely redundant with the 28-75mm. The Tamron is an incredible lens for the money. Check out the lenses in my signature. If I could only keep and use one of those lenses for the rest of my life, it would be the Tamron.

The 50mm 1.7 is also a great lens, and I used to own one and got some great shots. What I would recommend is that you sell your 35mm and 50mm A, and use the money to buy either the Pentax-F 50mm 1.7, or the Sigma 30mm 1.4 for those situations where you need a faster shutter speed than f/2.8 will allow.

I used to have a thread with a bunch of my favorite pics from my 28-75mm, but I lost that server space so the pictures are no longer up. When I get some time, I'll try to upload the pics to the new server and update the thread.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Edgar_in_Indy Quote
The 35mm is definitely redundant with the 28-75mm. The Tamron is an incredible lens for the money. Check out the lenses in my signature. If I could only keep and use one of those lenses for the rest of my life, it would be the Tamron.

The 50mm 1.7 is also a great lens, and I used to own one and got some great shots. What I would recommend is that you sell your 35mm and 50mm A, and use the money to buy either the Pentax-F 50mm 1.7, or the Sigma 30mm 1.4 for those situations where you need a faster shutter speed than f/2.8 will allow.

I used to have a thread with a bunch of my favorite pics from my 28-75mm, but I lost that server space so the pictures are no longer up. When I get some time, I'll try to upload the pics to the new server and update the thread.
i'm looking forward to the link of your fav photos taken using tamron.
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i'm looking forward to the link of your fav photos taken using tamron.
I'll try to find time to repost them here in the next few days, but in the meantime here are a couple pictures I recently took of my nephew in my home studio using the Tamron 28-75mm on my K-30. Lighting was provided by a single White Lightning strobe and softbox to the left of my nephew. Click on the pictures to view the full-size image to see how crazy sharp this lens can be.



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My dream 2 body setup out of current lenses would be with a Tamron 28-75 2.8 (pref 24-70) and a Pentax DA* 50-135 2.8 , this means both lenses cover the vital 50-70mm range (on APSC) for tight portraits while keeping the larger zoom nice and compact.
If I had to go with a 28-75 I may have to sneak a 12-24 into the bag for those super wide venue and mass group shots.
Have you considered a DA*16-50? It gives you a great wide angle aswell and the tighter portrait is always just a step or two away, but you can't walk any further back sometimes.
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