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03-09-2010, 07:40 PM   #46
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the OP (original pic) looks quite nice full sized.


PS - this guy shoots portraits with a tamron 70-300mm , it's definitely how more than which

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03-10-2010, 12:29 PM   #47
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FWIW, another vote for the 18-250... my first lens, and something which made the switch to a DSLR much easier from super-zoom P&Ss. I am sure if I were switching lenses and figuring out the camera (and all the control that comes with it) then I may have been too daunted to go further ...

while it sure may not have MTF figures like primes across the range, it is a fantastic lens to have when you don't want to carry much in terms of gear, and does hold its own... a great piece of kit!
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QuoteOriginally posted by GeneV Quote
I will probably travel with the little DA Ltd lenses on my K-x and a zoom as a backup. I like primes because I don't like the size of most zooms, and I tend to take a lot of shots of people indoors. For most people, traveling means taking photos of buildings, streets and mountains outdoors at apertures where zooms really shine, and resolution is not a huge issue.
The DA 18-250 is quite small when in the 18mm setting.
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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
The DA 18-250 is quite small when in the 18mm setting.
True, but still significantly larger than my 15, 28, 40, 70, or 135. Of course, it's not bigger than all those *put together*...

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QuoteOriginally posted by rfortson Quote
I love this lens so much I have TWO copies. I bought the Tamron the week it was released in 2007, and immediately took it to Peru as my only lens for vacation. Did the same with a trip to Europe last summer. Last fall, I found the Pentax version for a good price, and so bought that one as well. For the money, they are very nice and convenient, and can take some nice shots.
Similar story, though not for vacation. I bought the tamron the first week it was out and the Pentax version later. Love these guys. I would have to give the edge to the tamron version though, not by much.

I did find that I needed to tune them both in. I forgot how much but want to say +3 in the K20D's and nothing in the K-7
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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
The DA 18-250 is quite small when in the 18mm setting.
Fully agreed: I carry my K-7 and DA18-250mm in a small top loader bag: Lowepro TLZ1. The K-7+ 18-250mm when locked at 18mm fits easily in it.

In terms of price, a recent thread in DPR reported the Tamron 18-250mm at US$329: Amazon.com: Tamron AF 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras: Electronics.
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You posted this link in the other thread... it is the Canon version. The K-Mount version is $415.74.
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You posted this link in the other thread... it is the Canon version. The K-Mount version is $415.74.
Thanks for the correction. Appreciated.

A number of people are interested to get the 18-250mm at reasonable price, and there have been some 'silly' pricing of the 18-250mm in the last 3 months (for example in Australia).

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I have the Tamron version of this lens and like anything else once you know the limitations of the lens you can take stunning photos with it.


I've posted these here several times before but these were taken with my 18-250:



wow these shots are beautiful! how did you take them? i find that i have trouble taking low-light shots
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From what I remember these were all taken hand held.

First shot exif:
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/4 sec
Aperture: 3.5
Focal Length: 18mm

Second shot exif:
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/10 sec
Aperture: 3.5
Focal Length: 18mm

Focus: AF. For these shots I went with center focus point and focused on a high contrast area that was at the distance that I wanted to be in focus.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MrApollinax Quote
From what I remember these were all taken hand held.

First shot exif:
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/4 sec
Aperture: 3.5
Focal Length: 18mm

Second shot exif:
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/10 sec
Aperture: 3.5
Focal Length: 18mm

Focus: AF. For these shots I went with center focus point and focused on a high contrast area that was at the distance that I wanted to be in focus.
thanks for the information. i must give it a shot(pun unintended) soon.

by the way, i have a question. i realise on my 18-250, the difference in the view when i zoom from 18-50mm is way much larger than the difference in the view when i zoom from 200-250mm - in fact, there is very little magnification in what i see when i go from 200-250.

is that a defect or is there scale that i am unaware of?
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QuoteOriginally posted by hcc Quote
there have been some 'silly' pricing of the 18-250mm in the last 3 months (for example in Australia)
Agreed. I sold mine a couple of days ago for a pretty penny. It lasted 2 hours on eBay before it was snapped up.
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Agreed. I sold mine a couple of days ago for a pretty penny. It lasted 2 hours on eBay before it was snapped up.
how much did you sell it for?
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QuoteOriginally posted by ohyouloveme Quote
thanks for the information. i must give it a shot(pun unintended) soon.

by the way, i have a question. i realise on my 18-250, the difference in the view when i zoom from 18-50mm is way much larger than the difference in the view when i zoom from 200-250mm - in fact, there is very little magnification in what i see when i go from 200-250.

is that a defect or is there scale that i am unaware of?
No, that's completely normal. Don't think in terms of absolute focal length deltas, but more in focal length multiplication factors. 50mm / 18mm = about 2.8, while 250mm / 200mm = 1.25. That's actually 2.8 times zoom and 1.25 times zoom.
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No, that's completely normal. Don't think in terms of absolute focal length deltas, but more in focal length multiplication factors. 50mm / 18mm = about 2.8, while 250mm / 200mm = 1.25. That's actually 2.8 times zoom and 1.25 times zoom.
awesome, that makes a lot of common sense. thanks for the info.
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