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09-03-2008, 03:57 PM   #1
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Wide Angle-Telephoto Choice Help...

These are my choices, What do the People have to say about which one is the best..... Unless there is one I forgot.
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Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Normal SP 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Autofocus Lens for Pentax

Sigma Zoom Wide Angle-Normal 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Autofocus Lens for Pentax

Sigma Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro Autofocus Lens for Pentax

Pentax DA 16-45 f/4

Pentax DA 16-50

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The new Pentax DA 17-70mm f/4 is missing from your list.

My personal choice was the Sigma 17-70mm, for the added range it provides, and its close-up (it's not quite macro despite the name) capabilities. The Pentax 17-70 was not available at the time, and I'd certainly give it a look if I had to make the same decision now. It is, however, more expensive than the Sigma.

For low-light stuff, I have a couple of primes anyway (FA35/2 and F50/1.7), so the constant f/2.8 is not a big concern to me.
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Of your choices not wide enough for me .. then again I live W I D E

Tamron has a 10-24 that is soon to be released (or just released)
Pentax DA 12-24 I have it , nothing bad to say about it
Sigma 10-20 Lots of opinions here most like it
Pentax DA 10-17 (Fisheye ) either love it or hate it kinda thing ...

Of the ones you have for a choice the only one I own is the DA* 16-50 I do like it , but it is on the $$ side

Read good things about the Tamron 17-50 (some bad as well ff issues) but a good price and a constant f2.8

The Sigma 17-70 has macro capabilites as well a bonus.

Not many people have much bad to say about the 16-45 - this is the widest and cheapest . If you are really looking for wide (and think 16 is wide) Choice #1 here no doubt.

I think I would go for the Sigma 17-70. Better walk around than the others (70 vs 50 / 45 ) and macro would not miss 16 vs 17.

And like RBellavance says the new Pentax DA 17-70 might be a contender as well. Maybe some that own it will chime in.

Good luck (but I think you need wider )
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You might look at the problem in another way too depending on your ultimate goals, 12-24mm and 24-60mm, or 12-24mm and 28-75mm.

If the Tamron 10-24mm comes out with Pentax mount, I think I would really like the 10-24, 24-60mm, 60-250mm lens line up on a camera.

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What are you shooting? The Tamron 17-50 and every other lens in that range (e.g. 16-70mm) I would consider more of portrait lens with the ability to go wide (good for small rooms with lots of people). Of course, all these lens double well as a landscape lens too.
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All I want to know is which of those lenses have the best IO. I have everything covered except the wide side.
I have the DA 18-55, which I don't care for and I'd like to get a much better lens in that range. I sold my DA 10-17 because I didn't care for the Fisheye effect. I don't really think I need anything wider than 16 or 17, It will mainly be for landscape.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Fl_Gulfer Quote
All I want to know is which of those lenses have the best IO.
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8

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Bang for the buck, I don't think you'll beat the Tam 17-50. Have had mine for a little over a month now (it was gonna either be the Tamron or the DA*16-50 and $300 price difference decided the match) and it is attached to one or the other of my bodies all the time.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Russell-Evans Quote
You might look at the problem in another way too depending on your ultimate goals, 12-24mm and 24-60mm, or 12-24mm and 28-75mm.

If the Tamron 10-24mm comes out with Pentax mount, I think I would really like the 10-24, 24-60mm, 60-250mm lens line up on a camera.

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Russell

This is my thinking.

Although I'd love to get the 10-24 Tamron ... I have a 28-70mm Sigma f/2.8 ... and I really want to get the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 as well.
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Tamron 17-50 gets my vote.
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Thanks Guys I guess I'll go for the Tammy
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Tamron 17-50 gets my vote.
That's exactly what I picked up last week and it is a BLAZING lens! Well worth the money. Very nice build quality and feels very solid.
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QuoteOriginally posted by daacon Quote
Of your choices not wide enough for me .. then again I live W I D E

Tamron has a 10-24 that is soon to be released (or just released)
Pentax DA 12-24 I have it , nothing bad to say about it
Sigma 10-20 Lots of opinions here most like it
Pentax DA 10-17 (Fisheye ) either love it or hate it kinda thing ...

Of the ones you have for a choice the only one I own is the DA* 16-50 I do like it , but it is on the $$ side

Read good things about the Tamron 17-50 (some bad as well ff issues) but a good price and a constant f2.8

The Sigma 17-70 has macro capabilites as well a bonus.

Not many people have much bad to say about the 16-45 - this is the widest and cheapest . If you are really looking for wide (and think 16 is wide) Choice #1 here no doubt.

I think I would go for the Sigma 17-70. Better walk around than the others (70 vs 50 / 45 ) and macro would not miss 16 vs 17.

And like RBellavance says the new Pentax DA 17-70 might be a contender as well. Maybe some that own it will chime in.

Good luck (but I think you need wider )
Chasseur d'Images gave the DA 17-70 4 stars, same as the DA* 16-50 and DA* 50-135. It is weather sealed, SDM ONLY! (no focus screw), but does not have the instant touch up focus of the DA* lenses. It sounds like a workable lens.
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Chasseur d'Images gave the DA 17-70 4 stars, same as the DA* 16-50 and DA* 50-135. It is weather sealed, SDM ONLY! (no focus screw), but does not have the instant touch up focus of the DA* lenses.
No screw-drive I knew, but no quick shift? Are you sure? The specs say it does, and I've never heard anyone claim otherwise. That is one of the main selling points this has over the Sigma...
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No screw-drive I knew, but no quick shift? Are you sure? The specs say it does, and I've never heard anyone claim otherwise. That is one of the main selling points this has over the Sigma...
Ce nouveau transstandard montre une re'elle ambition avec son ouverture constante f/4, une plage do focales e'largie 'a 17 et 70 mm et un moteur SDM (mais simplifie', sans retouche manuelle du point).

The words in bold translate to "but simplified, without manual retouch of focus".
I have not touched the lens, so cannot say for myself, but their test lens seems to have been missing the AF retouch function.
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