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07-04-2007, 07:49 PM   #1
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Pentax 24-90 vs. Tamron 24-135

Yep, another "vs" question.

This seems like a natural comparison, but I can't find any articles in the archives.

So. I can get either for about the same price.

Have you compared them? What did you observe and what's your opinion?

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I have the 24-90 and it is an OK lens. Not spectacular, but decent quality and reasonable focus. Feels cheap - very 'plastic' not to mention it looks cheap as well, but it has held up fine. I do not have the Tamron 24-135, but have used one (I have the Sigma 24-135, which is a different beast entirely). What I liked about the Tamron was the extra reach. What I did not like is that if did not feel right - can't pin point it, but it just did not feel right for me. I guess I liked the solid build of the Sigma more (built with more aluminum than the plastic Tamron). With that said, I got good results with the Tamron, but could not get used to it. On the other hand, the 24-135 Sigma felt 'right' for those low light events (heavy overcast days for example) and the extra 1/2 stop was welcome. The 24-90, although I use it sometimes, is not my first choice unless size is a consideration (the Sigma is heavier and larger).

Incidently, my standard walk about lens for general use is a 24-200 Tokina. Heavier but smaller than the Sigma, it adds more range and appears to focus faster than the others. It is my one lens solution for now, and at under $60 used, it was well worth it (can't justify the premium for an 18-200 or 250 lens with their limitations).

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Wow, Wayne! You've really covered the waterfront on that range of lenses!

It sounds like you're using these with one of the dSLRs rather than film -- correct?

I sniffed around both the Sigma and Tokina but read reviews for them and got scared off because of negative comments about optical quality.

Have you seen any significant differences in that regard?

Thanks!/Scottax1
07-06-2007, 05:34 AM   #4
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Isn't this comparing apples with oranges?

The 24-90 can be had on ebay for around 100$, whereas the Tamron 24-135mm is a lens from the top range of Tamron, and goes for a lot more...

Unless I'm mistaken about the 24-90...

Tom

edit: sorry, I was thinking of the 28-90mm...the 24-90 is about the same pricerange, you're right

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Ah, so it was the model (28-90) . . .

I thought you might be thinking 100 since that would be about US$300 . . .



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Image quality

QuoteOriginally posted by scottax1 Quote
Wow, Wayne! You've really covered the waterfront on that range of lenses!

It sounds like you're using these with one of the dSLRs rather than film -- correct?

I sniffed around both the Sigma and Tokina but read reviews for them and got scared off because of negative comments about optical quality.

Have you seen any significant differences in that regard?

Thanks!/Scottax1
Well, image quality seems best with the 24-135 Sigma (and I hear the Tamron may be better still). At $140US, I think the Sigma 24-135 was well worth it. My used Tokina (24-200) was only $60, and it has proven to be a great lens (hunts a little in low light at 150+, but outdoors it is fine. Image quality is better than the 50-200 DA, but the lens is heavy.

Wayne
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