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11-25-2006, 03:16 AM   #1
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Pentax FA 24-90 vs Tamron 28-75 XR Di

Hi All

Looking for a lens to complete my collection. It will fit between the DA 16-45 and my yet to be received Tamron 70-300 Di LD. I have read reviews on both lenses but interested to hear from users of both.

All opinions welcome

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11-25-2006, 04:49 AM   #2
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Hi Gordon,

I have the FA24-90. It is a lovely lens, a little bit on the soft side, but good in colour etc. My friend has got the Tamron 28-75DI and that one is a stonker! If you don't need to go to 90mm, my recommendation is the Tamron. It is sharp, detailed, good colour and oh.. sharp. Build quality of the Tamron is much better. FA24-90 feels sloppy.

I nearly got it, but as I wanted someting a bit wider than 24mm, the 28mm of the Tamron would be unacceptable. I chose the Sigma 17-70 and am very pleased with it.

[break. Bird of pray in the garden. Need to take piccie!]

Just managed to get picture.

Anyway, hope this helps.

11-25-2006, 05:45 AM   #3
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Being partial to Pentax glass, I'ld go with the FA24-90. The only thing I don't like about it is that the build quality doesn't seem to be so good - it's a touch loose.

However, for those occasions when it's just one lens and a body, that's the lens that will be on my camera.

A sample:

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U used to have only Sigma 18-50/2.8 and Sigma 70-300/4-5.6 macro super blah blah 2 something. I turned out that a gap really isn't that mush of annoyance. I decided to save money for a Sigma 105/2.8 macro and I don't regret it.

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Thanks all for responding. It is a difficult decision - I really like pentax lenses, but have heard about the *rough* build of the FA. It's not likely I'll ever see one in Oz just sitting in a shop, so *maybe* the Tamron would be a better bet.
11-26-2006, 02:07 PM   #6
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The 24-90 is a great lens, very sharp, doesn't focus that great in low light on my DL2 and is a little "loose" as everyone says, but really that doesn't matter at all or make it function any worse than other lenses, all these photos in this gallery were taken with the 24-90

london random - Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

plus theres about 50 random snapshots in here taken with it

clintblair - Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

hope you find the right lens


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