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12-08-2008, 09:27 PM   #1
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Does anyone own the tamron af 18-270mm

I'm looking for a walk about lens and was reading about the tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 di II VC . Its the lens that has the vibration compensation built in the lens so when you zoom in to 270 mm and your moving it keeps the picture still . Does any one have this lens . If so how do you like it ,and does the VC have anything to do with how still you hold your camera or can you be moving your camera and still get a good picture with out bluring. thanks Steve TAMRON | B003 | VC Mechanism

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It's only available for Nikon and Canon. If it becomes available for Pentax I doubt it would feature the VC as most recent Pentax bodies already have SR.
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If you are using the K10d the Vibration Compensation on the Tamron lens is redundant, it does essentially the sam thing as SR, and the two systems don't work together.

These ultra zoom lenses are a bit of a wash IMO, they are convenient but the image quality isn't very good.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Votesh Quote
It's only available for Nikon and Canon. If it becomes available for Pentax I doubt it would feature the VC as most recent Pentax bodies already have SR.
You beat me to the punch.....

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Thanks Votesh and arbutusq . I see it now under Compatible Mount. I was just thinking it would be a good thing to have the vc on the lens if the sr stoped working in the camera ,because it has a on and off switch on the lens .What is the best lens like this one that works on k10d
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentaxk10duser Quote
Thanks Votesh and arbutusq . I see it now under Compatible Mount. I was just thinking it would be a good thing to have the vc on the lens if the sr stoped working in the camera ,because it has a on and off switch on the lens .What is the best lens like this one that works on k10d
Pentax 18-250 or Tamron 18-250

The 20mm difference in the long end is pretty much insignificant.
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There's the from Pentax/Tamron 18-250mm but it's not really a good lens on the longer end and it is very slow and you will soon see it's limitations. I would just get something like the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 or Pentax 16-45mm f/4 if you shoot a little wider...constant aperture zooms are just so much better.
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I have the 18-250 Tamron version for Pentax and love it. I find you can get some very nice pics on the long end, just have to know the characteristics of the lens and settings/conditions to get it's best with it. It's not going to be as sharp as a fast prime on the wide end, nor a take sharp FA* style on the longest end, but considering the cost of the lens and the range it offers, its a great lens for a walk around or as a travel lens when you don't want to carry around a bag. I find my shooting style demands more of the widest to around 50-75mm and still keep it on my camera most of the time I am traveling instead of carrying around 2-3 others or using my kit lens.

the 18-270 I think is more intended for those cameras without built in SR and the 20 extra isn't going to be as noticeable as you think.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jasvox Quote
I have the 18-250 Tamron version for Pentax and love it. I find you can get some very nice pics on the long end, just have to know the characteristics of the lens and settings/conditions to get it's best with it. It's not going to be as sharp as a fast prime on the wide end, nor a take sharp FA* style on the longest end, but considering the cost of the lens and the range it offers, its a great lens for a walk around or as a travel lens when you don't want to carry around a bag. I find my shooting style demands more of the widest to around 50-75mm and still keep it on my camera most of the time I am traveling instead of carrying around 2-3 others or using my kit lens.
Exactly, the 18-250 (have the Pentax variant) is obviously not the best zoom around, but I find the IQ amazing for such a long range. The borders are a bit soft wide open, but the colors and sharpness are not bad at all. Those who speak lowly about it don't own it or had/have a bad copy.

I would also have been happy with it, if it was just 18-150, but I consider the 150-250 as a free bonus. It is great when you don't have the time to change lenses and you think that you'll need the range over 70mm. Otherwise eg a 17-70/4.0 or a fast 24-70/2.8 zoom might be a better choice.
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QuoteOriginally posted by arbutusq Quote
If you are using the K10d the Vibration Compensation on the Tamron lens is redundant, it does essentially the sam thing as SR, and the two systems don't work together.

These ultra zoom lenses are a bit of a wash IMO, they are convenient but the image quality isn't very good.
I was kind of wondering about this, in the abstract, really, I suppose, but, speed and any VR aside, would one of these sorts of does-all lenses put you around where a bridge camera or 'superzoom' might for IQ or are they just overreaching?

(And, I'm basically talking about sharpness here when I say IQ. I wouldn't expect much. Probably wouldn't pay much, either, but I do wonder. )

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18-250 is fine by me.

for those of us who find themselves on the road about 80% of the time and not always able to be carrying a bag with an array of lenses, it certainly is a convenient lens to use as a "go to" when you want width, reach and everything in between. Maybe I have a sharp copy, but I would never say this lens a "wash" and not very good image quality.

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It's certainly an interesting possibility: in most of my bags, I could carry one of those does-alls and one prime for digital and not take up much more space than the bridge camera I normally tuck in there.. do plenty good-enough-for-digital-unless-it-gets-dim, have one good prime for that,, and fill the rest of the bag with my Mamiya or old Canon and a few good primes. Mostly, they cost more than I'd ever contemplate spending on such a thing, but there are some old 28-200ish things out there.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ratmagiclady Quote
Mostly, they cost more than I'd ever contemplate spending on such a thing, but there are some old 28-200ish things out there.
but those 28-200ish things *are* bad, you cannot compare them IQ-wise to the Tamron/Pentax 18-250 which is much better.
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