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04-30-2010, 08:08 PM   #16
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The Pentax DA18-250mm, and Tamron18-250mm, is the perfect all-around lens. The DA18-250mm is a rebadged Tamron lens and there is little betweeen them. My comments do apply to both, and add to the above post.

The K20 and 18-250mm do make a perfect, small system that is perfect for travel. The camer + lens fit in a small top loader bag. The K20 is WR and the 18-250mm is a sturdy lens.

The 18-250m is regarded as one of the best all-around lenses on the market (among the Canikon, Olympus and Co). You cannot get wrong with the 18-250mm.

Independent Reviews:
Pentax SMC DA 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 ED AL [IF] - Review / Lab Test Report
Tamron Lens: Zooms - Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical IF Macro AF (Tested) - SLRgear.com!
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Pentax Lens Review and Specification Database - SMC Pentax-DA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 ED AL [IF]

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04-30-2010, 08:50 PM   #17
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The Tamron 17-50 would be an excellent choice. I have been hiking with it, in all 4 New England seasons, for over 2 years now. It has been in snow and temperatures well below zero for the length of an entire day, on many occasions.

I have the Da 18-55 wr, but it never makes it into my hiking bag.
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If you're not going to be constantly exposing the camera to torrential downpours, I would second the Tamron 17-50. I used to travel with a 2 to 3 prime kit, but since getting the Tamron I've had it on my camera 100% of the time for the last several trips I've taken. It's sharp, fast and versatile, and while it is larger and heavier than the 18-55, it isn't so much so that it gets in the way or slows me down.
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+1 for the Tamron 18-250 as the perfect one-lens travelling outfit. I have numerous lenses, but that is the lens that I take away overseas when I'm not going specifically for photography. I have a Hoya Pro Digital circular polariser on it - cost a fair bit, but a significant improvement on my previous cheaper CP, and probably transmits an extra stop of light too.

Here is an example of what can be done with the Tammy 19-250. It also had the old polariser on it, before i got the new Hoya.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/55839-old-shed.html

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