Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
07-31-2008, 06:04 PM   #1
Junior Member

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 49
Lens ordeal

If i grab the Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 instead of the Tamron 18-250mm 3.5-6.3, will I end up kicking myself on the arse afterwards?

I shoot both portrait and landscape on different light situations.
My current lenses are the following:

Kit Lens
Sigma 17-70
Pentax 50-200mm
Pentax 50mm 1.4

What is a good lens for Night Club situations wherein there is extremely low-light and lot of people moving around?

Appreciate the inputs. Thanks!

07-31-2008, 06:18 PM   #2
Veteran Member
heatherslightbox's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Gainesville, FL
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 2,595
That 50/1.4 you have is an excellent low-light lens. If you're looking for a zoom lens, however, the 28-75 or any other lens with a constant 2.8 aperture would be better than the 18-250 for low-light. If you need something a bit longer than the 28-75, then the DA*50-135/2.8 would be worth taking a look at.

07-31-2008, 07:16 PM   #3
Senior Member
troywhite's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Canberra, Australia
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 171
You'd have to pry my 28-75 f/2.8 from my cold dead fingers :-)

You'd never kick yourself in the arse for buying it. Having said that, I always switch to my 50 1.4 for indoor/club low light shots. The 2.8 just doesn't do it.

At the wide landscape end I have filled the hole with a Sigma 10-20 EX.
07-31-2008, 07:50 PM   #4
Junior Member

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 49
Original Poster
Heather and Troy, thank you for your inputs.

If I have the 28-75, i was planning to part with my 17-70 and replace it with the Sigma 10-20mm. I don't know if that would be a wise decision considering what my 17-70 have contributed for the past few months.

07-31-2008, 08:24 PM   #5
Senior Member

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Toronto, Canada
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 207
I have the 18-250mm, it is good for daytime all-in-one walkaround but you definitely need something faster for shooting in night club. The f3.5 is the max aperture (which is not too fast to begin with) and starts to decrease as you zooming in. This lens is just slightly faster than your 50-200mm but I doubt it to be very helpful.

Can't comment on the 28-75mm f2.8 as I never have one in my hands. Instead I got the Sigma 24-60mm f2.8 because it is much cheaper than the 17-50mm f2.8 and the 28-75mm f2.8.
08-01-2008, 08:55 AM   #6
Veteran Member

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 452
I have the Tamron 28-75mm, excellent lens. I agree that 2.8 is not as good in low light without a flash. You need a fast prime for that and the 50mm 1.4 is about the best you're going to get for the money.

  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
k-mount, lens, pentax, pentax lens, situations, slr lens, tamron
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:48 PM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]