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09-05-2008, 08:49 PM   #1
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if you had to choose between the tamron and pentax 18-250 lens
which would be a better choice and why

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QuoteOriginally posted by dafiryde Quote
if you had to choose between the tamron and pentax 18-250 lens
which would be a better choice and why

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I would choose the Pentax for the SMC coatings. There is a small but noticeable colour shift between lens manufacturers.
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i have the 16-50 and the 50-135
but i am getting a little discouraged lugging that weight and changing lenses
does that sound like a good way to go

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QuoteOriginally posted by dafiryde Quote
i have the 16-50 and the 50-135
but i am getting a little discouraged lugging that weight and changing lenses
does that sound like a good way to go

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Not for me. I would rather have the constant aperture and the weather sealing. Others will choose other lenses. That's why there are a lot of different lenses out there! You might notice that none of my zooms are "super zooms". The widest range I own is the 24-90. The rest hover right around 3:1 ratio.

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so i am back to quality vs weight
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QuoteOriginally posted by dafiryde Quote
so i am back to quality vs weight
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If the lens is fast, it has to weigh more - the glass is bigger. My walkaround kit (the super light one) is a LowePro 100 AW crammed to the gunnels with:
  • k10d
  • DA* 16-50
  • DA* 50-135
  • DA 12-24
  • M 100/4 macro or teleconverter.
  • 77mm circular polariser
  • reading glasses.
You might not want to know what my full kit holds. Let's just say I get my aerobic exercise climbing mountains while wearing it.
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would you be willing to use old M primes instead? those are quite light ... although then you'd have to change lenses

if weight and changing lenses is a concern, it's time to check out the very good panasonic superzooms
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The Tamron has a 6 year warranty and the Pentax only has 1 year.

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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
would you be willing to use old M primes instead? those are quite light ... although then you'd have to change lenses

if weight and changing lenses is a concern, it's time to check out the very good panasonic superzooms
I do use M primes - my 400/5.6 and my 100 macro. I just appreciate the flexibility of zooms as well. For walkaround, the 16-50 is just the right lens for me. For sports, I like the 50-135 (equivalent field of view to my 70-210 on film). For fun scenics and very expansive (not $$$ the other word ) shooting, the DA 12-24 is just right, again for me. For macro, you cannot beat a macro, and only primes are macro. I would really like an A* 200/4 macro, but that ain't gonna happen any time soon. For birds and other wildlife way out there, the M 400/5.6 will do me until next year. I joined Heather's LBA denail club, after all.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Canada_Rockies Quote
I would choose the Pentax for the SMC coatings. There is a small but noticeable colour shift between lens manufacturers.
I have to second this one.. I notice this when I had my Tamron 17-50mm F2.8
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QuoteQuote:
If the lens is fast, it has to weigh more - the glass is bigger. My walkaround kit (the super light one) is a LowePro 100 AW crammed to the gunnels with:

* k10d
* DA* 16-50
* DA* 50-135
* DA 12-24
* M 100/4 macro or teleconverter.
* 77mm circular polariser
* reading glasses.

You might not want to know what my full kit holds. Let's just say I get my aerobic exercise climbing mountains while wearing it

Albert... how do you fit them?

I have the slingshot 200 and I find it difficult to get much more than one other lens besides my DA 16-50 and DA 50-135 and I sometimes carry my flash in the top compartment if I am off to an indoor event.


I agree as well on the aerobics... the weight does not concern me, I look at it as part of the package.

Thouigh if I know for sure that I wont require one of my DA zooms it stays home.



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Albert... how do you fit them?
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A picture is worth a thousand words. I substituted the SF-1 for the k10d. The fit is tighter for the k10d because I have the grip on it as well, but I can close the zipper without strain.
  • Camera + 16-50
  • 50-135 in the back
  • M 100 macro and DA 12-24 in the top compartment
  • First shot shows my reading glasses along with my Moose 77mm circular polarizer in the zippered pocket.
Again, I should have purchased the 200 AW, but am too cheap to make the swap.
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pictures do speak words... your a legend mate, I dont reckon I could fit that much in my 200AW.



thanks for the proof



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QuoteOriginally posted by nulla Quote
Albert

pictures do speak words... your a legend mate, I dont reckon I could fit that much in my 200AW.



thanks for the proof



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In my 200AW, maybe I can post a pic later, I have in the main compartment, K20D with Grip, DA*16-50, DA*50-135, FA43, FA77, FA31, M100, DA35, rocket blower, in the top compartment I have the hoods for the zooms, 55-300, M50, micro-fiber cloth, 49mm pol filter. In the front pocket, I have a whiBal card, couple more filters, 2 extra batteries, hand wipes, sensor brush, pec-pads. But I find that there are times when I'll leave 1-4 of those lenses behind, and only take with me 5-8 lenses.

I have a similar KATA sling pack that is rigged for surfing/zoo stuff, where it has the DA*300 in it, and a monopod lashed to the side, and then I add the K20D, Grip, and 16-50 and FA31 (that's all that bag holds with the 300 in it.)
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