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01-21-2009, 08:38 PM   #1
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DA*50-135 vs Tamron 70-200

I am considering getting one of these two lenses the Pentax DA*50-135mm f/2.8 or the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8. I read reviews of both lenses and read positive views from forum members about both of them. I still can't decide which one would be better for my use. I want the 2.8 speed for outdoor and indoor low light photography and the ability to have the focal length reach in one lens.

I like the more expensive Pentax for it's weather sealing, speed and quality. The less expensive Tamron is I think physically larger and if it's anything like my Tamron 90mm f/2.8 I'm sure it's fine quality and will give good images.

What else would you consider when comparing these two lenses and which would be your choice?

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Dude, you hardly even changed the name from this thread https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/47400-pentax-5...00-f2-8-a.html which is currently on page two here in the Lens Discussion forum . I have both lenses and wrote up a short comparison there which ought to help.
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Looks like a lot of people are deciding between those two lenses. I was in the same boat and ordered the DA*. I mainly wanted a high quality zoom for some motorsports later on in the year. The Tamron offers the better focal range for that, but I was able to pick up a brand new Tamron 1.4 TC so with the DA* I can combo it and get about the same range. I'd lose a stop but there's always more than enough light to shoot at f/4 or higher at these events. I may pick up the Tamron later on but for now the DA*50-135 (with 1.4 TC when needed) and my DA*300 should cover the longer focal range for me

I would ask yourself, do you really need that extra bit of reach? Both are pretty well proven to provide excellent image quality and both offer constant 2.8. The Tamron is heavier compared to the Pentax as well so if you're not use to the weight, that might be a deciding factor.

Good luck with your choice!
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QuoteOriginally posted by heliphoto Quote
Dude, you hardly even changed the name from this thread https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/47400-pentax-5...00-f2-8-a.html which is currently on page two here in the Lens Discussion forum . I have both lenses and wrote up a short comparison there which ought to help.
I guess it's a popular subject. Probably should have done a search before posting

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