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08-30-2014, 07:12 AM   #16
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One other possibility is to post a wanted topic stating what you want and what you offer for it.

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I have the Tamron 18-200 version and it's a good walkaround lens that I've gotten good results with when stopped down a bit. That said, the Pentax DA (or DA-L) 55-300 is much better in every way from about 85mm on up. Since you already have the 18-135, I'd go with the Pentax 55-300.

Also, you'll get noticeably more reach with the Pentax 55-300 than you will with the Tamron 28-300, because the Tamron is internal focusing (IF) which means you only get 300mm at infinity.
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What about the Tamron 70-300 newer version? (A17) I can get one on Ebay for $79.99

Tamron LD A17 70-300 mm F/4.0-5.6 LD AF Di Lens For Pentax k-30 k-50 k-3 k-5
08-30-2014, 04:23 PM   #19
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Update: The price on the Tamron just went from $79.99 to $69.99. I'm tempted just to buy it outright and test it out for that price, but I'd like to know if it's even worth that!

Does any one have any experience with it? Good or bad.

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Purple fringe and flare.
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QuoteOriginally posted by VoiceOfReason Quote
Purple fringe and flare.
Well, if that's all that's wrong with it, I can live with that, considering that most of my other lenses suffer from the same affliction! I'm mostly concerned about sharpness. I know you won't get edge-to-edge sharpness, and I don't expect it, but the center should certainly be sharp!
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Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 AF Di LD Macro Lens Reviews - Tamron Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database

not one of the better rated lenses in the database by a long shot. But it'll work to take pictures with.

For comparison: SMC Pentax-DA L 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED Reviews - DA L Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
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IMHO it's asking a lot of any lens to cover the focal range of 28mm to 300mm and also macro, the phrase "Jack of all trades... Master of none" springs to mind.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Kerrowdown Quote
IMHO it's asking a lot of any lens to cover the focal range of 28mm to 300mm and also macro, the phrase "Jack of all trades... Master of none" springs to mind.
Kerrowdown, the OP is now referring to the Tamron 70-300, not the 28-300.

We can have an argument about superzooms somewhere else!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Des Quote
the OP is now referring to the Tamron 70-300, not the 28-300
"I like the idea of the incredible focal length range of 28-300 on a zoom lens. Does anyone have any experience with this Tamron lens?"

Not in the first post of this thread.
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Tamron 70-300 was my first lens purchased after kit and still my only one that reaches to 300mm. great bang for buck option and I have taken many of my faves with it.
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IMHO it's asking a lot of any lens to cover the focal range of 28mm to 300mm and also macro, the phrase "Jack of all trades... Master of none" springs to mind.
That's precisely why I was asking if it was any good! However, I used to own a Sigma 18-250 which IMO did quite well. I took it on a trip to Africa recently, it was the only lens I took, and I was pleasantly surprised by the results.

These resized photos don't do it justice, but they give you an idea.

I think I have pretty much decided that I want the Pentax DAL 55-300 though, it seems to have better reviews.
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If you don't plan to get a Pentax K-mount 35mm film SLR body (just for the fun of it), then a Pentax DA lens may be a better alternative (by the way - the field of view of a 28mm in 35mm [FF] format is almost equal to 18mm in APS-C digital format). And, those 300mm on 35mm film format equal 450mm in APS-C digital format (you can pull a subject from farther away).
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So -- did you get one yet?
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Just today I paid for an SMC Pentax-FA 80-320mm f/4.5-5.6

Hopefully, it'll arrive soon, and I'll be able to check it out!
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