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10-03-2009, 09:40 PM   #1
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Why DA 18-250mm discontinued?

I haven't read one negative comment about this lens. Everyone praises it as a great walkaround and all purpose lens, with a decent sharpness. Anyone have any idea why this lens discontinued? Any design flaw? An upcoming replacing lens cames to my mind

Does anyone have any idea?

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Probably replacing it with the 18-270 Tamron came out with a few months ago...that's my guess.
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Probably replacing it with the 18-270 Tamron came out with a few months ago...that's my guess.
What do you mean! Pentax replacing a Pentax lens with a Tamron lens?
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QuoteOriginally posted by cbaytan Quote
What do you mean! Pentax replacing a Pentax lens with a Tamron lens?
It seems that the 18-250 was a rebadged Tamron with an SMC coating.

Pentax has had liasons with Tamron before with an FA28-105 and an FA28-200 being rebadged Tamrons.

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The DA18-250 is a Tamron lens. AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro; Tamron USA, Inc.

Pentax simply rebranded it. I haven't seen anything but repetitive rumors about the demise of the 18-250. I'm not saying they aren't true - I don't know - but both pentaximaging and tamron.com show their respective version of the lens as being current. The Tamron 18-270 so far though is only spec'd online for Canikon.

And yes, despite its rather significant zoom creep, the "Penron" 18-250 is a remarkably good lens.
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The DA18-250 is a Tamron lens. current. The Tamron 18-270 so far though is only spec'd online for Canikon.

And yes, despite its rather significant zoom creep, the "Penron" 18-250 is a remarkably good lens.
Sounds like a similar focal length "greed" from Fuji, they replaced 28-300mm on 6MP S6000FD ZLR camera with 28-400mm on successor S1000FS and they doomed, 28-300 was an incredible lens but 28-400 simply horrid soft lens, their sales dropped, they deserved it.

Hope it won't be the same story.
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Well, the 18-250 was actually consider a significant improvement optically over the earlier 18-200. So I wouldn't automatically assume the 18-270 would be a step backwards. But yeah, since Tamron presumably has no further interest in producing more 18-250's, it's logical to assume that's why the Pentax re-brand is in short supply too.
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But why stop rebranding before getting the new version out. Quite a gap between the old model and the new one. If there is a new one in line.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
Well, the 18-250 was actually consider a significant improvement optically over the earlier 18-200. So I wouldn't automatically assume the 18-270 would be a step backwards. But yeah, since Tamron presumably has no further interest in producing more 18-250's, it's logical to assume that's why the Pentax re-brand is in short supply too.
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But why stop rebranding before getting the new version out. Quite a gap between the old model and the new one. If there is a new one in line.
Maybe they have enough left "in stock" that they can sell out the -250 version right AS they intro the -270 or maybe have a short gap without a super zoom or maybe have some -250 stock left when the -270 drops.

One of those
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But why stop rebranding before getting the new version out.
I assume Pentax would keep rebranding the 18-250 as long as Tamron would keep supplying them with 18-250's to rebrand. If it's listed as discontinued, then that probably means Tamron has stopped making new 18-250's, so there is nothing left to rebrand. When the currently existing stock is gone, its gone.
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Pentax could also eventually come out with a Weather Resistant variant too.
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And yes, despite its rather significant zoom creep, the "Penron" 18-250 is a remarkably good lens.

I must have lucked out, my Pentax version has no creep. However the zoom ring is pretty tight. I guess that is the trade off.

Very handy lens. I used it yesterday on a boat trip where it was not practical to bring along a second lens.
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A rumor I heard

Pentax plan to developp and make an 18-200mm on his own such as Nikon or Canon

It seems that WR is a main target of Pentax ( except for limited serie ?)
One can assume that Pentax will improve all lenses with a WR and Tamron is not plan to do it for his lenses. So it is a reason to stop the lens. Even the price is a reason, in France, there was 100 to 200USD of difference between Pentax and Tamron 18-250mm ( before discounted price )
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Even the price is a reason, in France, there was 100 to 200USD of difference between Pentax and Tamron 18-250mm ( before discounted price )
Wondering if there any other difference between Pentax and Tamron versions, like in coating?
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even the ring seems to be heavier in the pentax one (metal ?)
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