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05-03-2008, 07:17 PM   #1
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Best Travel Zoom

Right now I have a Tamron 28-300 and it's OK for Soccer and Lacrosse but I really feel the lack of wide end when I try and travel with one lens.

A lot of my travel is for business and I don't have room for a bag of lenses and must settle for a travel zoom.

I need to make the move to one of the 18-200/250 lenses that are out there.

Which one would you recommend regardless of price for my K10D?

Please let me know if you actually use the lens you are recommending.

Thanks in advance for your help.

joe

05-03-2008, 07:30 PM   #2
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the 18-250 has been very well received, i believe it was a big improvement on the 18-200 (which not many people seem to have). i think if you look back through a few pages of the most recent SLR Lens Discussions, you'll see quite a few posts.
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Since you're in the US, I'd say get the Tamron version of the 18-250 since you'll get a 6 year warranty. I love this lens as a travel lens. I've taken two family vacations (to Peru, and to Disney World) and the 18-250 worked perfectly. I never felt like I missed a shot because I was using this lens instead of another lens.

I switched from the 28-300 to the 18-250. Initially, I didn't think I'd use the wide end that much, but wanted to give it a chance. I found out that I do take many shots between 18mm and 28mm, and the difference is noticable. The difference between 250mm and 300mm isn't that much to me, though.

Check my Flickr stream for shots taken with the 18-250, specifically, my Peru set. All those shots were taken with the 18-250 and there are a wide variety of shots. I also have a set where I compare the 28-300 and the 18-250 side by side with shots of the White House. Finally, I started a group on Flickr for all the variations of the Tamron 18-250 (Pentax and Sony make versions, I believe). You can see hundreds of shots there. BTW, all my shots are posted full size if you want to peep pixels.
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The Tamron 18 - 250mm is a fine lens. Even at 250mm, it is fairly sharp at the centre.
Obviously, a lens with 13.9 x zoom range would have compromises made on its image quality, lack of sharpness and distortion towards the edges but overall it performs well.
It only gets dissapointing in low light.

If you could only take one lens on a trip, this would be it.

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As already mentioned the Tamron/Pentax 18-250 is the pick of the bunch without doubt

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And it is light to carry. Most of the time, travelling photography circles around wide angle shot stopping down to f8. Rarely, photographers go for the long end unless you are specific about wild life pursuit.
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Great Flickr shots in Peru.

I'm sold
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QuoteOriginally posted by joelovotti Quote
Right now I have a Tamron 28-300 and it's OK for Soccer and Lacrosse but I really feel the lack of wide end when I try and travel with one lens.

A lot of my travel is for business and I don't have room for a bag of lenses and must settle for a travel zoom.

I need to make the move to one of the 18-200/250 lenses that are out there.

Which one would you recommend regardless of price for my K10D?

Please let me know if you actually use the lens you are recommending.

Thanks in advance for your help.

joe
Check the www.slrgear.com site for the reviews.
You'll see that the Tamron 18-250 is excellent value for money.

Have a look at: Picasa-webalbums - Bert - Tanzania 1-9-...
This album was shot the this lens.

Good luck,

- Bert

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