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11-22-2013, 04:28 PM   #1
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DA 18-250mm in low light

I was going back through some of my old photos and wow, that DA18-250mm didn't do too badly.










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Actually, very good! Which camera were you using?
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They made an 18-250 back in the 80's?



Great pics... the zoom did great.
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Great pictures indeed.

I'm a big fan of the 18-250.

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they all look great. My tamron 18-250 combined with k200D didn't do so well in low light.
11-25-2013, 07:34 AM   #6
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Thank you - I used the KX (digital)
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Ah, the K-x, famous for low light performance.
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I'll be using it tonight to shoot John Legend

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QuoteOriginally posted by john5100 Quote
I'll be using it tonight to shoot John Legend
I would be interested in seeing what you can come up with using the 18-250!

In fact, this thread has inspired me to take my 18-250 out into some challenging low-light situations to see what I can come up with.
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Hi guys,

I did the John Legend shoot and I used the DA 18-250mm on my KX and my DA* 50-135mm on my K200D. For some reason I had an off day and I was shooting at ISO6400 at 1/320 when I didn't need too. The KX combo did better than I did so the lens really got a work out. You will see the K-X with DA 18-250mm at ISO 6400 and ISO 2500 below. Notice the one shot with the K200D and DA* 50-135mm. The DA* 50-135mm is much contrastier and much sharper but the 18-250 still did fine.



K-X with DA18-250mm @ ISO 6400 - Shot at 250mm


K-X with DA18-250mm @ ISO 6400 - Shot at 220mm


K-X with DA18-250mm @ ISO 2500 - Shot at 180mm


K200D with DA* 50-135mm - Shot at 103mm

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QuoteOriginally posted by john5100 Quote
Hi guys,

I did the John Legend shoot and I used the DA 18-250mm on my KX and my DA* 50-135mm on my K200D. For some reason I had an off day and I was shooting at ISO6400 at 1/320 when I didn't need too. The KX combo did better than I did so the lens really got a work out. You will see the K-X with DA 18-250mm at ISO 6400 and ISO 2500 below. Notice the one shot with the K200D and DA* 50-135mm. The DA* 50-135mm is much contrastier and much sharper but the 18-250 still did fine.
Great photos! Nice work with the 18-250.

Also nice that you brought along the DA* 50-135. One thing I've been meaning to test (since I also own both the DA* 50-135 and the DA 18-250) is whether the DA* 50-135 is sharper cropped @ 135mm than the 18-250 @ 250mm. I haven't formally done any tests on this, but I think it will be close. What are your impressions?

Anyways, this thread has inspired me. I'm going to actively seek out situations to try out my 18-250 in challenging situations this coming holiday season such as the ones you showed in this thread.

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Yeah, it's a great lens, much better than it gets credit for.

I need a faster long lens for shooting from the soundboard. Large shows have great light but F6.3 is just too slow for fast action. I might get the Tamron 70-200mm or the Sigma equivalent. I've thought about the DA 55-300mm for the reach.
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