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07-19-2008, 11:31 AM   #1
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Now that the Pentax 17-70 is out... what carry around lens??

I am very ready to upgrade from the 18-55 kit lens and have been considering either the Sigma 17-70 or Tamron 17-50, favoring the Sigma because of the longer zoom. But now that the Pentax 17-70 is out, I am wondering if I should get that? Price wise the Pentax is A LOT more, but maybe worth it. The Pentax new is about $200 more than either a new Tamron or Sigma; or $200 more than either of the two.

Just wondering what any of you might have to say about these lenses and which, if any, would you suggest for a carry around, all factors considered.

Appreciate the feedback.

07-19-2008, 11:57 AM   #2
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For general carry, I have the Pentax 18 to 250.
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This should be posted in the Pentax SLR Lens Discussion... but I don't think there is much information about the Pentax 17-70 yet.
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Hopefully a review of the Pentax 17-70 will appear soon, that or some indepth user reviews...

I currently own the Sigma & find it a very good lens, I'm intrigued to see if Pentax can improve upon it to any significant degree

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It's an easy mistake to make, posting in this sub-forum. When you're scrolling down the list, 'Pentax Film SLR Discussion' and 'Pentax SLR Lens Discussion' look rather similar. A name change to something like 'Pentax Lens Discussion' would help (hint hint, nudge nudge, wink wink Adam )
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I agree this should be in the Lens forum, however it is nice to have a visitor here in the film forum.

Now having said that,
The Tamron / Pentax 18-250 super zoom....is a great weapon of choice..
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Unless there are some moderators who shoot film, this misplaced topic could actually stay here forever.
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So how about some lemonade:

Am I the only one who likes to use a digital slr lens on film, for the ultra wide angle, round like a fisheye but not so fishy- look?

I wish I'd gotten the 17-70 rather than the 16-45 though, for that extra reach.

(I'm about to drive into Brooklyn to give daughter my K100D + 16-45 for two weeks, seems she doesn't get along with the canon loaners the camp has)

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Yes, I mistakenly posted on this topic without knowing. I apologize for that and have re-posted it under SLR Lens.

In the meanitime, however, your comments here have been a good start. Thanks
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Depends on what kind of shooting you'd like to do but I find with the DA16-45, the wider 16mm gives you alot more working room and you can always carry a short tele prime for those portraits.
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Nester, I've tried my DA 14 on film- incredibly wide, but it does vignette something awful. once I get my film scanned I'll post an example.
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Cheers, clawhammer!

here's three from the 16-45 before I had a dslr





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Gives me an idea. Just for fun, I'm going to shoot a roll of film with the 17-70 :P
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Well, it'll be a while before I can scan the images in- I formatted my Mac's hard drive as case sensitive, and this causes the Epson scan utility to crash. I need to re-format my hard drive to get it to work properly
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Here is an image taken with my K1000 and Tamron 18-250mm DIGITAL ONLY lens....

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