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07-20-2008, 12:31 PM   #1
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what's the best zoom?

I'm looking for your "EXPERIENCED" opinions concerning walk around zoom lenses. I've got some vacation time coming up soon, and there will fishing boats, hunting, and the usual cityscapes, skylines, sunsets, sunrises, portraits, architecture, and so on. There probably won't be any long telephoto shots for the majority of my shooting, but I'm not opposed to a lens with reach and wide angle. I'm only interested in your experiences with Pentax branded zoom lenses. I'm experiencing failing eyesight (damn that getting old thing), so I'm looking for help from AF. Please don't offer advice concerning primes.

I already have:

DA 18-55
DA 50-200
FA 100-300

I have Pentax MF lenses from 17mm to 300mm, and other brands of primes covering to 600mm. I also have a boat load of MF zooms. However, I prefer the quickness and accuracy of AF over my aging eyes.

I'm pleased with the overall performance of the DA 18-55 kit lens, but would like a walk around lens that may give me better IQ more often, and perhaps slightly wider. Increased range wouldn't hurt either.

So what do you have? What have you used? How do you use it?

Thanks in advance for your help. Oh, by the way, I don't have an unlimited budget, and so the really expensive top of the line stuff is pretty much out.

07-20-2008, 02:55 PM   #2
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DA 16-45 older DA but very good
DA* 16-50 five extra mm, one extra stop, weather sealing, much bigger then above, and a lot more pricy
Sigma 17-70 very highly regarded lens, hugely versatile...
Tamron 28-75 regarded as one of the best prosumer zoom lenses, but at 28 it may feel just bit too narrow,
and of course now, DA17-70 something to consider...
good luck choosing
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Have you considered the Pentax 18 to 250? Very wide range with a moderate price.
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I've been considering the 16-45, and it's right near the top of the list. However, I'm also drawn to the 18-250 because of the excellent range, but I've not found a lot of real hands on experience from anyone.

I guess the ideal lens would be something like 12-300, and about the same size as the kit lens. But, that doesn't exist yet, so I'll have to settle for something close. The 17-70 really sounds intriguing, but I'd like some first hand opinions on size, weight, handling and IQ.

Thanks for your advice so far!

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QuoteOriginally posted by w6wat Quote
I've been considering the 16-45, and it's right near the top of the list. However, I'm also drawn to the 18-250 because of the excellent range, but I've not found a lot of real hands on experience from anyone.
Have a look here for a comparison of the 18-55mm, I and II and the 18-250mm.
Comparing test of new Pentax 18-55 II vs old and Tamron 18-250 Photo Gallery by Heidi and Ulrich Burkhalter at pbase.com

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