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11-09-2008, 09:15 AM   #1
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Two Lenses for walking around

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
Pentax 24-105 f/3.2

The pentax is ~ 90 dollars less from what I've found. (305 vs. 215) The Tamron is their SP line of lenses. I have a k200d and a 50mm/1.7 FA for indoor photography. I still like to shoot some things during late evening so of course, the faster a lens the better.

I would assume the Tamron has better image quality, is this correct? Is this image quality worth the shorter focal length? Speed is also slightly faster on the tamron.

I also have a 70-300mm tamron lens which is fine... but to me, a lot less sharp then the 50mm.

11-09-2008, 09:44 AM   #2
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I have neither of the above, but I love my new Sigma 18-50 /2.8 as a great walkaround lens. You can pick one up for $280 on Amazon. The newer one with macro and with SLD glass goes for approx USD 400.

11-09-2008, 09:47 AM   #3
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I have the Tamron 28-75 and it's an excellent lens. If you shoot more portraits than landscapes I'd get this lens and maybe later the DA 21mm Ltd for a superior kit.

If you shoot more landscapes than portraits, you may consider the Tamron 17-50 for now and maybe later the DA 70mm for a superior kit.
11-09-2008, 05:14 PM   #4
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I have the tamron, and it is a great lens.

Having said that, I am not sure how to weigh the extra 4 mm in width. You might want it if you don't have another lens to cover that range.

My kit of travel zooms is 4 lenses,

Sigma 10-20, Pentax FA-J 18-35F3.5-F4.5, Tamron 28-75F2.8, SIgma 70-200 F2.8

I often leave the 18-35 home, but it can fill some gaps. 28 is not wide enough on its own (but then again neither is 24)


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