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04-16-2010, 05:04 PM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
As long as it comes with it's own llama to carry it - such a lens would surely weigh at least 10 lbs.
Well you might be right but as it is sometimes said in the northland: "Ya, Yu betcha, I just get Lena to carry it" Nuf said. I was just dreaming after all.

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Tamron is a 25-135 because the Sigma is a 24-135? T
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Yes I've seen it before, but it has the same issues for me as the Sigma. There's just too much weight in there (it was built for the bigger film cameras, and was made with a lot of sturdy and heavy materials) and it extends way too much when I'm zooming in.
Are you sure, and compared to what other zoom lens in that range?

The Tamron 24-135 is currently on my *ist DS, and I think the lens looks and balances quite nicely on that small body.
04-17-2010, 01:08 PM   #34
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learning experience starting a thread

I have learned some important things by starting this thread. One must word the title carefully. One must word replies carefully or you hurt someones feelings, I apologize EsBee. One must word ones questions carefully to make them Very clear. And many more things I have learned about posting just from this one thread. Thank you everyone. Now I have a great want for a 24-135 mm lens!!!

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Tammy 24-135mm

No worries; if I had a dime for every time I read/understood something wrong, or wrote something unintended, I'd be rich enough to buy the best glass in the world!

And here's some Pentax-porn as reference to my previous post. Even though its quite redundant in my bag, its a nicely balanced combination, I think.

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EsBee, What did you pay for the Tamron 24-135?? Is it still in production? Did it come with the hood or was it an accessory? I have many Tamron lenses for my Pentax and Canon gear. Most common are Adaptall-2 lenses which are all manual on the K100D but I do not mind setting things. It is a lot easier to catch one's error in settings with digital than with film! I am blessed with keen eyesight and find my K100s viewfinder bright enough to focus with as long as I don't mess up the diopter correction! The Sigma is a nice lens but hard to find and may be beyond my budget.
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I also notice that the 24-135 is not in the Tamron lens review database. Maybe you could add you opinion. That is a really nice picture of the lens and camera. I am sure you could take a nice picture or two of just the lens. Thanks for the feedback on the range of 24-135. I still think it will be my favorite once I find and buy a lens.
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No worries; if I had a dime for every time I read/understood something wrong, or wrote something unintended, I'd be rich enough to buy the best glass in the world!

And here's some Pentax-porn as reference to my previous post. Even though its quite redundant in my bag, its a nicely balanced combination, I think.

That thing looks giant compared to the *ist DS! How much does it weigh in comparison to the camera (which wasn't really that light either, I would know, I've owned two of them)?

I always consider getting this lens for whatever brand I have, but for some reason I never do. It seems like the perfect range for me (at least that range worked for me when I had the Canon 28-135mm) and it seems like a pretty good and sturdy lens overall, so I'm not really sure why I just can't get myself to buy it (maybe I think it's too expensive, they usually sell used for over $200, if I could get myself one for $150 or below I'd probably snatch it up and never get rid of it).

Also, does every version of it have the Tamron 50th anniversary edition thing on it? Every one that I've seen has that special lens cap. I wonder if it's the only lens that they made like that too.
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The lens is about 50 grams heavier than the camera body. Which makes it lighter than my K100D since the quoted weight is without batteries so my camera would weigh about 50 grams more than the lens. Remember it has a rather large lens hood on it. Now I'll check relative sizes.
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As far as lens and camera size the lens is 91 mm long and a *ist DS is 59 mm behind the lens mount. My K100D is slightly deeper at 66 mm. Compare to the 'kit' 18 to 55 lens this one is twice the weight but only about 20 mm longer. Compared to the DA 50 - 135 f2.8 Pentax lens this one is 200 grams lighter and quite a bit shorter. Compared to some of my manual Pentax and other brands of lenses it is a real lightweight. I really don't think this lens overpowers or out weighs the camera bodies. Oh it does if compared to a short prime lens but I am trying to compare zoom to zoom.
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That thing looks giant compared to the *ist DS!
Wish I could see what you saw but here's another perspective, with an iPhone in the background and DA16-45 in the foreground for references in size.



I just think the lens balances very nicely on the *ist DS, and also on K-x which is not too dissimilar in size and weight to the *ist DS.

Don't know about the weight according to specs, but it just sits quite right. My only gripe, may be it applies only to my copy, is that the zoom is a bit tight but I don't mind it much. The lens Auto Focuses fast and accurate. And the images are quite sharp although I didn't test the lens at all focal lengths and at all corners.

For me the focal length range is the most useful I'v ever seen for a Pentax mount, from a very decent wide angle to medium telephoto. And the colors reproduced are just right for my taste.
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It looks to be similar in size to the Sigma 28-105, though the weight on that Sigma is pretty light. The Sigma 24-135 looks to have a heavier build.
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Wish I could see what you saw but here's another perspective, with an iPhone in the background and DA16-45 in the foreground for references in size.



I just think the lens balances very nicely on the *ist DS, and also on K-x which is not too dissimilar in size and weight to the *ist DS.

Don't know about the weight according to specs, but it just sits quite right. My only gripe, may be it applies only to my copy, is that the zoom is a bit tight but I don't mind it much. The lens Auto Focuses fast and accurate. And the images are quite sharp although I didn't test the lens at all focal lengths and at all corners.

For me the focal length range is the most useful I'v ever seen for a Pentax mount, from a very decent wide angle to medium telephoto. And the colors reproduced are just right for my taste.
Yeah, it looks a lot smaller at that angle. I'm kind of curious though to how long it is when it's fully extended, since I'm pretty sure that it uses a telescoping duo barrel design, which makes it double (or sometimes triple in length) when it's fully extended.

What personal experience do you have with this lens, by the way? Would you recommend that I get it too?
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Yeah 'jctus101' the lens could become difficult to keep out of trouble if it extends to far. As far as supporting the lens or changing the way in which the lens and camera balance on a neck strap check out this site: < Lens Cradle: Bracketed camera lens support solution. > which I found intriguing. I have managed to find a number of lenses both prime and zoom that DO have tripod mounts under them. My Tokina 100-300 mm which is like f4.5 to 5.6(slow) is not AF but it does communicate with my K100D. I think my 135 mm and 200 mm primes are all manual. I don't think I have seen a wide to tele with tripod mount. Must be an assumption by lens manufacturers that the 'shorter' lenses are light enough if they are under, oh say 1000 grams??? But that does seem quite heavy around your neck!
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