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03-10-2008, 11:26 PM   #1
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lens options to replace tamron 18-250?

Hi there,

I just wanted to grab some advice about a decent 2 lens solution for a k100d. I bought one a while ago to use for travelling, but decided against it and gave it to my dad along with the Tamron 18-250.

Now I have decided after 5 months of travelling with a P&S that I would like to take a K10D (bargain pricing and weather shielding being a huge factor) and will try and barter the 18-250 back off my old man.

However, I do need to offer him a lens as a replacement that costs less than an 18-250, otherwise I may as well just pick up another one for the K10D. I guess I could try and buy the kit lenses, or I realise there are a multitude of pentax and other brands out there as well. This is where I am a bit lost.

I could probably get away with buying him a single lens like a 17-70 and telling him he needs to buy a longer one if he finds he needs it.

Any advice greatly appreciated.

thanks

Zach


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Ask him what ranges he uses most.

Than ask him if he'd change the lens what would he happy with.

IMO, if you have the money buy another 18-250mm a let your dad enjoy the stuff. That's the least you could do for him.
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He did get a free brand new k100d and 18-250

I have spoken to him and he really shoots more portrait/people photos if anything.
Well those are the photos he really loves.

cheers

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The Tamron 28-75mm /2.8 should be very good for portrait photography. Mine should be coming soon (thanks slam).

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QuoteOriginally posted by zer0sum Quote
I could probably get away with buying him a single lens like a 17-70 and telling him he needs to buy a longer one if he finds he needs it.
Sigma lens costs between $350-380 (plus taxes and shipping). If he's happy with the current lens, ask him if he would give you the $100 difference so you can get yourself 18-250. This way he keeps and uses the one lens solution and you have brand new lens for yourself.

Just my 2 cents.
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I bought a 28-200mm tamron on Amazon used for somewhere around 120 dollars. It's really not much different than the 18-250. You may have to shop around to find that deal tho. A very fair price for that lens IMHO, and it was the newest model.
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Anyone have any thoughts on the Sigma DC 18-125mm F3.5 - F5.6 lens...
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QuoteOriginally posted by zer0sum Quote
Anyone have any thoughts on the Sigma DC 18-125mm F3.5 - F5.6 lens...
Yes, that was the kit lens on my DS, still have it, still use it, still like it.

An option for you to think about is get the K10D with the kit lens (18-55), you will save very little by buying just the body. See how dad gets on with the 18-55, if he wants extra reach then add a Tamron 70-300, or Pentax 50-200, they are a competent, inexpensive lenses.

Otherwise negotiate the purchase of your new camera with the 18-250.

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Perhaps not a direct answer to your question but...

Despite spending _well_ beyond my means, I have yet to find a better 'superzoom' range lens than my Tamron 18-250mm.

For traveling and normal print sizes it's really a supurb solution, especially as an 'only'/utitilty/catch-all lens.

And if traveling light or backpacking, the only additional lens (for indoors or low-light) I carry is a"pancake" 40mm f/2.8.

I can't imagine what I'd replace my 18-250mm with... which of course was your question. :-)

Have you considered looking for a *used* Tamron (or Sigma) 18-200mm for your dad?

Not to say that I'm unbiased (I'm about to sell off a Tamron 18-200mm in a few weeks after it's camera body is sold), but they seem to be fairly readily had... and give a fairly similar result for quite a bit less $ than the newer 18-250mm.

I don't know the point at which the 17-70mm moves from f/2.8 towards f/4.5, but I can't help but point out that for about the same money you might consider the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8. It's one of my top indoor lenses... as it gives wonderful photos sans-flash in 'normal' indoor lighting.

Hope this helps. Best of luck to you.
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If he is more into portraits then as said the tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 or the sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 will complement him well and they run about $240-$300 used.

I'd rather get a used one from a reputable member of the forum than risk a bad new one.
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In the UK, Amazon sells the k10 with the kit lens, cheaper than without!!
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Here's your solution. I have the newer version of this lens and it's a very good performer. The price is right as well.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/photographer-s-marketplace/22588-fs-tamro...ze-1-72mm.html
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Hello again. :-)

As much as I'd love to sell you my 18-200 :-), I was doing my periodic check with KEH and thought you might be interested that they have two Tamron "28-200mm F3.8-5.6" lenses in "Like New" condition for $150 each. FWIW: I've used KEH before and always been satisfied.

I'm not familiar with these lenses personally but the price is certainly right.

The one caveat I'd make is that if he shoots a lot indoors then 28mm (~40mm equiv) might be too narrow a field of focus.

It certainly was for me - as I've found 17mm/18mm to be much more usable.

But then I really, really, wish my 10-17mm was NOT a fisheye. :-)

Perhaps you should run an exif analysis and see what he mostly shoots?

Hope this helps.

Cheers.

Edit: Sorry... a bit slow, I had this in 'edit' for a while. :-)

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