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04-26-2010, 06:15 AM   #1
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sell pentax DA-L 55-300mm for tammy 18-250mm or 18-270mm?

so im thinking about selling my pentax dal 55-300 and purchasing the tammy 18-250. ive heard that tammy is coming out with a 270mm lens so i may wait for that if the price isnt to expensive.

what is a good price to sell the 55-300? just got in january as part of my kit when i purchased the k-x. lightly used and is in new condition.

the reason being that when i am using my 55-300 i cant take close up shots and i dont like having to swap lens around often. i have a tammy 17-50 but then if something is too far away i find myself having to crop images.

so im basically looking for a good zoom lens that if neccessary, can take close up shots and also have some distance. also considering a TC 1.7x or 2x for some add zoom.

also, has anyone tried using a TC with the tammy 17-50? just curious to see what the results are. may just end up getting a 2x and use it with my 17-50 so i can cover up to 100mm.

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04-26-2010, 08:03 AM   #2
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You can't go with a Tammy 17-50 and keep the 55-300? You would have setup with significantly better IQ, and an extra stop at the wide end.
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You really need to try one of those out critically before replacing the DA 55-300mm with it. I eventually replaced the 55-300 but with a DA* 300mm.
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You really need to try one of those out critically before replacing the DA 55-300mm with it. I eventually replaced the 55-300 but with a DA* 300mm.
That's where I'd go, but the spare grand isn't lying around right now.

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That's where I'd go, but the spare grand isn't lying around right now.
That wasn't really my point though, but rather the capability of that lens and what it would take to fill its void. I didn't move up right away either. I used the 55-300 for 2 years before I was able to.
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I'm with the rest of the crowd. Keep the 55-300, it's a really nice lens and hard to replace its image quality for the money. I'd step up the 18-55 first, I went budget and went to a 16-45 and it was a noticable improvement, sharper and with much better contrast. If I had the bucks I would probably go with the 17-70 or tammy 17-50.
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maybe ill keep the 55-300 and instead just get a MC4 1.4X Tamron Teleconverter for the tammy 17-50... that will give me a little extra zoom without sacrificing too much IQ. no just need to find a MC4 1.4X Tamron Teleconverter...
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It's only a little extra reach, though, and swapping TC in and out is a lot more work than swapping lenses. And if you're thinking of just leaving the TC attached all the time, you've just created the world's largest, most expensive, slowest focusing, and worst quality 28-75/4. You'd be far better off getting the Tamron 28-75/2.8

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ah, thanks marc. so i think ill keep using the 55-300. maybe get a 18-250 one day.

the reason i bring this up is because this past weekend i was at a parade with some friends and was, at first, using my tammy 17-50. at first it was fine when i was taking pics of me and my friends that were standing near by but when i wanted to take a pic of a float, 50 mm wasnt cutting it. so after a while i walk back to the car, had a beer, and switched over to the 55-300. now i was able to get close to the floats but again, if i wanted to take a pic of my buddy doing something goofy or whatever, i was too close.
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QuoteOriginally posted by boosted03gti Quote
ah, thanks marc. so i think ill keep using the 55-300. maybe get a 18-250 one day.

the reason i bring this up is because this past weekend i was at a parade with some friends and was, at first, using my tammy 17-50. at first it was fine when i was taking pics of me and my friends that were standing near by but when i wanted to take a pic of a float, 50 mm wasnt cutting it. so after a while i walk back to the car, had a beer, and switched over to the 55-300. now i was able to get close to the floats but again, if i wanted to take a pic of my buddy doing something goofy or whatever, i was too close.
i would say, based on your shooting habits, to get the Tamron or Pentax 18-250. This lens has very good sharpness over most of its focal range. My copy is more than acceptable at 250mm and it stays on my K200D most of the time.
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The best choices of all around lens are the Pentax DA18-250mm, Tamron 18-250mm (no 18-270mm with Pentax mount) and Sigma 18-250mm OS HSM. The Pentax is a re-badged Tamron 18-250mm and both lens are pretty identical with the same outstanding performances (see independent reviews in www.slrgear.com and Welcome to Photozone!). The Sigma 18-250mm OS HSM is a newer lens, has some good user review. But it is more pricy and the OS is not required really since the camera has IS.

I would agree with Tom that your usage seems to correspond well to the DA18-250mm.

Hope that the comment may help.
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I think you'd be fine with the 18-250. The only question I have, is a rhetorical question. If you want a 10 or 12x zoom, why not just get a bridge camera?
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QuoteOriginally posted by boosted03gti Quote

when i wanted to take a pic of a float, 50 mm wasnt cutting it. so after a while i walk back to the car, had a beer, and switched over to the 55-300. now i was able to get close to the floats but again, if i wanted to take a pic of my buddy doing something goofy or whatever, i was too close.
Perhaps get a second body, possible used, and have them both ready :-)
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That wasn't really my point though, but rather the capability of that lens and what it would take to fill its void. I didn't move up right away either. I used the 55-300 for 2 years before I was able to.
I got your point, but I was just expressing my own lens envy.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hcc Quote

I would agree with Tom that your usage seems to correspond well to the DA18-250mm.

Hope that the comment may help.
His usage on one occasion might have supported the 18-250. He really needs to look at a lot more shots to see what FLs he is using before jumping to the superzoom.

Wearing a small shoulder bag and switching out a couple of times in the course of a day is no big deal (at least to me). If he buys the 18-250/270, we may be seeing his post in a few months about what lens to buy to improve the IQ of his images.
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