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Pentax DA 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 ED AL IF 2640.00%
Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 AF Di II LD IF 1929.23%
Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 AF XR Di II 34.62%
Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD 23.08%
None of the above. 1320.00%
None of the above, buy mine from the marketplace! 23.08%
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06-13-2008, 03:48 PM   #16
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I'd go for Pentax/Tamron 18-250 or if you have 12-24 or 10-20 then I'd pick up 28-300.
I'm using 10-20 and 28-200 as my walkaround combo. Couldn't be happier...

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I would go with a Tam/Pax 18-250. You can never be too wide, especially if you have nothing else in the bag...
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My vote is for the Pentax 18-250 which I have and love the sharpness and the "utility" of the lens. (Only thing I don't like is the lens creep, hence the lock.)
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Hi Venturi

Click on the link below, which will take you to a number of subsequent links in that post, enabling you to view some photos that I've taken with my Tamron 18-250mm. I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions......

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/118774-post45.html

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Tada, thank you. I was already leaning that way before posting the poll to begin with and was almost tipped over before this post but the photos made the sale.

Now it's just a matter of budget juggling and hunting down the best deal.

Many thanks to all who voted and/or shared their comments and contributed to the depletion of my positive cash flow.

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I surprised that the Pentax DA 55-300mm isn't on the poll nor been mentioned.
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I surprised that the Pentax DA 55-300mm isn't on the poll nor been mentioned.
It's way too long for your only lens.
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It's way too long for your only lens.
The Tamron 28-300 is in the poll.
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The Tamron 28-300 is in the poll.
To have 28 and 55 on the wide end is a HUGE difference

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I am not a huge fan of my Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 AF XR Di II

I am a beginner, but comparing it to my kit lenses, I've ben struggling with everything from color, to sharpness. It was a life saver on trip.

I am selling mine on eBay and thinking of buying the Pentax 18-250

Can any of you guys/gals compare the:

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 AF XR Di II

with:

Pentax DA 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 ED AL IF

I wouldn't mind having one of these "travel lenses" but if the Pentax is only marginally better than the T 18-200, then I'll just do without.

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The Tamron 18-200 is the first lens that I ever bought, and it supplanted my kit lens. I sold the kit lens, and only used the Tamron for months. I now also have the Pentax 50-135mm, but find that it's bigger than I want to carry when i'm packing light.

I have had no problems with the Tamron, though i'm now acutely aware of how loud it is after having used the 50-135mm.

Is the Pentax/Tamron 18-250 really any better optically than the older 18-200?
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To have 28 and 55 on the wide end is a HUGE difference
That depends on the individual I guess but I'd go with the lens if it were better than the others. Then I like faster lens on the wide end of things anyway.
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weather sealing

I would think that the Pentax 18-250 automatically beats the Tamron because it's just a rebranded version with the addition of "DA series" meaning the Pentax has full weather sealing.

Question: Why wasn't Sigma included in the Poll? Do they suck or something?
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I would think that the Pentax 18-250 automatically beats the Tamron because it's just a rebranded version with the addition of "DA series" meaning the Pentax has full weather sealing.
Regular DA lenses are not weather-sealed. So far, only the DA* are.
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[...]"DA series" meaning the Pentax has full weather sealing.

Errr.. what?
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Err. My bad. I thought it was DA*. I was reading what the designation meant last week.

Pentax posts - PMA 2008 - CNET Blogs


• AL = Aspherical Lens
• DA = designed for digital (not full frame) cameras
• DA* = DA with dust- and weather-sealing
• ED = Extra low Dispersion
• IF = Internal Focus
• SDM = Supersonic Drive Motor
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That depends on the individual I guess but I'd go with the lens if it were better than the others. Then I like faster lens on the wide end of things anyway.
agree there, but under "utili" zoom I understand lens you can take practicaly everywhere and you'll be able to frame a shot. In other words, all in one lens. No offence towards DA55-300 but try to go to some old forgotten town, or even London streets for that matter and you'll see the difficulties with framing of buildings I have in mind. But if you are not into that kind of photography. Fair enough...
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