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12-08-2008, 12:28 AM   #1
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Walkabout Lens: Choices...

I have currently got 2 lenses, the 18-55mm II and the Tamron 70-300. I think I might want to have an all in one walkabout lens for those days when I just do not feel like carrying extra and switching back and forth. I am also pretty indecisive when I go out, just what I am going to be going after. Its usually impulse that drives my shooting.

The ranges I have considered are the 18-250 and the 28-300... Tamron and Sigma both have 28-300, but I think that its only Tamron and Pentax in the 18-250. Money *is* an issue so I am looking for the best bang for the buck (at the moment in Aus, the Pentax is nearly double the price of the Tamron in some places).

It may also be reasonable to assume that a shorter zoom might be better (?135-150?) but I have not really looked at those yet.

I shoot almost anything from landscapes to macro... I guess the only thing I steer clear of is people and kids, not having any of my own and not wanting to upset parents and others by taking shots uninvited. I rarely take indoor shots and when I do, its usually with my old Olympus C760UZ which is light and compact, so I am not looking for a lens that will be fabulous for indoor wide shots.

I would appreciate all comments and suggestions.


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12-08-2008, 12:39 AM   #2
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If you don't need the wide end to be too wide, the 28-300 is an ok lens as long as you understand it's limitations. It's the only tele zoom I have at the moment.
Quite a few of my shots in the gallery are with the 28-300 if you want to have a look.
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12-08-2008, 12:54 AM   #3
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Thanks, Gary, looking now. My feeling is that a 28-300 will be just the ticket, but the 18-250 was a temptation as well. If I do need super wide, I can always switch... but on those impulse days, 28 should be just fine. Is yours the Tamron or Sigma?
12-08-2008, 01:51 AM   #4
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I got a Pentax DA 18-250 from Rainers Camera house in Brisbane for $649aus. I now on the net same lens is up to $1100.
You could contact them and see what they can do for you. Ph 133686
Only taken a few shots so far, but am happy with the choice.

12-08-2008, 02:24 AM   #5
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I don't agree with the 28-300 choice. 28mm is rather long on the Pentax i.e.42mm. You are going to find that it will be very cramped for lateral street scenes. I highly recommend a 18-200mm lens like the Sigma or the 18-250 Pentax lens. Trust me, 28 is just too long at the wide end.

12-08-2008, 07:03 AM   #6
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^^^^ Agree.

I've had a 28-200mm lens and sold it because 28 was almost never wide enough for me. Take your 18-55mm lens, set it to 28mm and walk around framing pictures especially landscapes and group shots. You will likely have to resist the urge to zoom out.
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if you do find that 28mm is enough, then consider a used Tamron 28-200mm. it's a decent super zoom, and it floats around at $100.
12-08-2008, 03:14 PM   #8
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Ok, thanks for your thoughts... I am leaning (because of the cost) now toward the Tamron 18-250 which is compact enough for me, and which will probably have all the reach I really need in a walkabout lens. I need to consider weight as well... I sometimes find the 70-300 a bit heavy... especially if its taking me a long time to get a focus.

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the best lens in this category is DA40lim/if you want zoom,your choice-FA 24-90/3.5-4.5

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