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04-27-2008, 10:32 AM   #1
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Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 XR?

I'm almost ready to buy my first DSLR and am thinking of a K100D but don't want to be limited with the kit lens and then have to buy a few more due to my tight budget. I see lots of posts about the Tamron 18-250mm but not many about the 18-200mm is there a reason?

04-27-2008, 12:38 PM   #2
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Well, the 18-250 has received generally better reviews than the 18-200 and plus there's the extra 50mm.
The 18-250 is all I have right now and it does well, but never forget that this is NOT a low light lens, it DOES need a lot of light if you are needing to shoot at higher shutter speeds at the long end of the zoom. In other words it's a good all-around lens but not a great one for some specific applications so just consider your style and what you'll be photographing. It does very well for it's design intent and its price.

For a nice lower light lens in a wide to normal zoom I'm currently considering the Sigma 18-50 Macro version or the Tamron 17-50 as both are a constant f2.8
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the 18-250 is supposedly supposed to show a lot of improvement
a good source of reviews is Fred Miranda for non-Pentax lenses
FM Reviews - AF 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF)
FM Reviews - AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II

Popular Photography seems to really like the 18-250
Lens Test: Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II Macro - - PopPhotoMay 2007

if you're in a pinch and don't need wide angle as much, consider the 28-200 which can be found for good prices used (about $150), there were a few on the used market place and has pretty decent reviews. i have one and it's quite alright

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