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05-06-2013, 11:19 AM   #1
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Tamron 18-270 - another irritation

Well the 18-270 for all OTHER brands is on a big sale right now.

Condition: Brand new, USA Warranty Special Offer! (view details) Includes $50 Visa Gift Card and Lens Cleaning Pen

Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Aspherical Lens $457.98 minus $50 Tamron Mail in rebate [152.254] minus the included free $50 Visa prepaid gift card = $358 shipped
BuyDig.com - Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD IF Lens w/Built in Motor for Nikon 6 yr Wrnty

I just checked and the Pentax version is as low as $706 but only via eBay - its $799 at the ADs I checked!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Well the 18-270 for all OTHER brands is on a big sale right now.

Condition: Brand new, USA Warranty Special Offer! (view details) Includes $50 Visa Gift Card and Lens Cleaning Pen

Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Aspherical Lens $457.98 minus $50 Tamron Mail in rebate [152.254] minus the included free $50 Visa prepaid gift card = $358 shipped
BuyDig.com - Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD IF Lens w/Built in Motor for Nikon 6 yr Wrnty

I just checked and the Pentax version is as low as $706 but only via eBay - its $799 at the ADs I checked!
But... the coatings
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But... the coatings
I wondered, I read once that these lenses were not produced in Pentax factories, do they use any SMC coating at all?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Well the 18-270 for all OTHER brands is on a big sale right now.

Condition: Brand new, USA Warranty Special Offer! (view details) Includes $50 Visa Gift Card and Lens Cleaning Pen

Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Aspherical Lens $457.98 minus $50 Tamron Mail in rebate [152.254] minus the included free $50 Visa prepaid gift card = $358 shipped
BuyDig.com - Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD IF Lens w/Built in Motor for Nikon 6 yr Wrnty

I just checked and the Pentax version is as low as $706 but only via eBay - its $799 at the ADs I checked!
That's a shame, but at the same time, I'm sure it will come on sale for Pentax mount at some point in time.

I'm really enjoying my Pentax(Tamron) DA 18-250, and it's to the point now where if this lens was lost, stolen, or damaged beyond repair, I would probably just get the new 18-270.

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That's a shame, but at the same time, I'm sure it will come on sale for Pentax mount at some point in time.

I'm really enjoying my Pentax(Tamron) DA 18-250, and it's to the point now where if this lens was lost, stolen, or damaged beyond repair, I would probably just get the new 18-270.
It's an incredibly versatile lens. If I'm doing the family tourist thing and need to go light I take the K-5 + 18-250. It's just a shame that a lens with OS built in is nearly $400 less than the same optics without any OS built into it.
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I never really understand the concept of these lenses. I guess it is a one size fits all option, but a bridge camera would probably be just as good as an SLR with one of these slow (but all-inclusive) lenses.
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I still have my DA 18-250, but because of the zoom creep and I have better lenses now, it just sits around. It was a great travel lens when I used it.
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I never really understand the concept of these lenses. I guess it is a one size fits all option, but a bridge camera would probably be just as good as an SLR with one of these slow (but all-inclusive) lenses.
Yes and no. I know of no Bridge camera that doesn't cost a mint that has as good a sensory as the K-5. The K-5 + 18-250 means I can carry a VERY light kit that is small and does groups shots, most interiors, long telephoto, etc. all in one. Yes, there are bridges that have 30x and as or almost as wide (24-28 seems the widest) but many are limited in ways the K-5 just isn't (RAW, burst speed, adjustments for exposure, etc.).

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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
I never really understand the concept of these lenses. I guess it is a one size fits all option, but a bridge camera would probably be just as good as an SLR with one of these slow (but all-inclusive) lenses.
This is an interesting thought.

I personally think bridge cameras are the deformed ogres of the camera world. However, something like a pocket camera (MX-1 anyone?) could be worth a look.

Something to ponder . . .
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I have a legacy Sigma 28-300 that I use on my K-5 sometimes. I also have an X-90. The X-90 doesn't compare. When I need IQ, it has to be the K-5, regardless of which lens.

That said, I think bridge cameras deserve more respect than they get. The X-90 isn't hampered by the fact that it is a bridge camera, it's simply the old sensor. Which is why I haven't sprung for a Q or a WG-2. I'd be curious to see how much better the newer 1/2.33" sensors in the Q10, WG-3, and X-5 have improved things.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Yes and no. I know of no Bridge camera that doesn't cost a mint that has as good a sensory as the K-5. The K-5 + 18-250 means I can carry a VERY light kit that is small and does groups shots, most interiors, long telephoto, etc. all in one. Yes, there are bridges that have 30x and as or almost as wide (24-28 seems the widest) but many are limited in ways the K-5 just isn't (RAW, burst speed, adjustments for exposure, etc.).
A camera like the Fuji S8400W covers 24mm equivalent to 1000mm and seems to have pretty good specs -- all for 350 (it's preorder right now). I'm sure it is fine for out door shooting. In doors, at the wide end, the zoom is at f2.9, so that does give you a stop on the Tamron, but truthfully, neither super zoom is going to be great at indoor shooting and you are going to be going up into higher iso territory than is good on both the K5 and the bridge camera.
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A camera like the Fuji S8400W covers 24mm equivalent to 1000mm and seems to have pretty good specs -- all for 350 (it's preorder right now). I'm sure it is fine for out door shooting. In doors, at the wide end, the zoom is at f2.9, so that does give you a stop on the Tamron, but truthfully, neither super zoom is going to be great at indoor shooting and you are going to be going up into higher iso territory than is good on both the K5 and the bridge camera.
I've shot that combo indoors, the ISO on the K-5 is very good-certainly better than any bridge camera i've ever seen specs on.
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I've shot that combo indoors, the ISO on the K-5 is very good-certainly better than any bridge camera i've ever seen specs on.
I guess I have high standards. I don't like to go over iso 3200 with my K5 and I shoot primes in doors in order to keep my iso low (often shooting at f2).

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I guess I have high standards. I don't like to go over iso 3200 under my K5 and I shoot primes in doors in order to keep my iso low (often shooting at f2).
Look, I own a nice range of limited and other primes. They are not all that there is to photgraphy.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tanzer Quote
I'd be curious to see how much better the newer 1/2.33" sensors in the Q10, WG-3, and X-5 have improved things.
I considered the X-5, but when I compared the small sensor size against the K-5, APS-C wins with about 13 times the coverage area of 1/2.3".


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