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03-30-2009, 01:11 PM   #16
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Here are some high quality mid range zooms. You can't go wrong with any of them.

Tamron 28-75mm
Sigma 17-70mm
Pentax 17-70mm
Pentax 16-50mm
Tamron 17-50mm
Sigma 18-50mm
Pentax 16-45mm

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Thanks, but I already have one (16-50). I want a 18-250
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nimrad Quote
Thanks, but I already have one (16-50). I want a 18-250
SO BUY THE 18-250

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QuoteOriginally posted by Gooshin Quote
SO BUY THE 18-250

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Agreed. You can't have everything. Here you get a balance of range and image quality.

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Best All Around Lens(es)

To get the best all around zoom lens range you are seeking, I vote for a combo of 2 rather than 1. I own the DA 18-250 and I like it; but it is not the optimal for sharpness in a zoom. To get that in my opinion, you need two zooms (if you really like the convenience of the zooms and want to stay in budget). My recommendations for you are the:

DA 16-45mm &
DA 55-300mm

Both excellent quality and won't break the bank-and with the 300, you get a little more reach at the long end of your range and a little more width at the wide end of the 16mm than the 18-250. Neither of these lenses (but especially the DA 16-45) give up much to the primes in terms of high quality high resolution glass. And the cost is surprisingly low for Pentax genuine products.

Go for it!
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Nimrad,

how about an "APS-C equivalent" 15-390mm?

Very good image quality?

Very compact?

Pentax X70!

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QuoteOriginally posted by shutterbob Quote
To get the best all around zoom lens range you are seeking, I vote for a combo of 2 rather than 1. I own the DA 18-250 and I like it; but it is not the optimal for sharpness in a zoom. To get that in my opinion, you need two zooms (if you really like the convenience of the zooms and want to stay in budget). My recommendations for you are the:

DA 16-45mm &
DA 55-300mm

Both excellent quality and won't break the bank-and with the 300, you get a little more reach at the long end of your range and a little more width at the wide end of the 16mm than the 18-250. Neither of these lenses (but especially the DA 16-45) give up much to the primes in terms of high quality high resolution glass. And the cost is surprisingly low for Pentax genuine products.

Go for it!
I agree 100% with this post. However, just wanted to mention that Sigma is about to release an 18-250mm in Pentax mount:
Sigma - Lenses

Also, Tokina is coming out with a 16.5-135mm, which may or may not eventually end up in Pentax mount...
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QuoteOriginally posted by shutterbob Quote
To get the best all around zoom lens range you are seeking, I vote for a combo of 2 rather than 1. I own the DA 18-250 and I like it; but it is not the optimal for sharpness in a zoom. To get that in my opinion, you need two zooms (if you really like the convenience of the zooms and want to stay in budget). My recommendations for you are the:

DA 16-45mm &
DA 55-300mm

Both excellent quality and won't break the bank-and with the 300, you get a little more reach at the long end of your range and a little more width at the wide end of the 16mm than the 18-250. Neither of these lenses (but especially the DA 16-45) give up much to the primes in terms of high quality high resolution glass. And the cost is surprisingly low for Pentax genuine products.

Go for it!
I think you misunderstand me. I already have a DA* 16-50, 50-135 and FA* 80-200. Awesome lenses, but I want ONE small lens to bring when I'm hiking.



About the X70. I will consider it! I just have to compare price vs performance. I guess the 18-250 will give me better performance than the X70?

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There are 18-200 lenses (Tamron & Sigma), but they are reported to be not as good as the 18-250. So if you're looking for a one lens, wide - to telephoto solution, there is absolutely no question the 18-250 (Pentax or Tamron, doesn't matter - it's the same lens) is the one to get.

But note the 18-250 is not a particularly light lens. It's small and light for the range it provides, but it weighs as much as the 18-55 and 50-200 together and costs about twice as much as the two together as well.

You might also consider something like the Panasonic TZ5 instead, which would be cheaper and *much* lighter for hiking.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gooshin Quote
you can also look into the older 18-200 pentax/tamron/sigma variants.
The older 18-200 Tamron is definitely not as good as the 18-250 Tamron.

The OP may want to check out the reviews for the Pentax 18-250 and Tamron 18-250 in the lens database of this forum.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nimrad Quote
I think you misunderstand me...I want ONE small lens to bring when I'm hiking.
... a WA prime (DA 15 Ltd or DA21 Ltd).

Cheers...
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Is there something preventing you from taking the loads of advice and just going out to get the 18-250?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nimrad Quote
So, the pentax 18-250 doesn't exist?

Is that the best one?

Understand me right. I want one lens for my K20D that can replace 16-50 and 70-200 when I really dont have space for much more than a kit-lens.

I hear you loud and clear. I'm in the same boat. For travel it would be nice to have a single lens. I would suggest also checking out the new Sigma 18-250 OS HSM that I posted about in another thread. I'm strongly considering this as it still retains the lens based motor (e.g. SDM) and adds lens based SR which would be nice to have if it works better for panning or long shots. Here's the repost of the link.

Sigma's New 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 Is All Kinds of Stable - - PopPhotoJanuary 2009

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