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09-18-2011, 09:22 AM   #1
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Looking for new walk about lens.

When I go to Itally I really don't think I'm going to be to interested in changing my 18-55 with my 55-300mm lens very often. So I'm thinking about a new walk about lens. Was looking at the 18-135mm da. What are your thoughts on this lens. Let's see some samples shot with a K5.

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It's a great lens- handy, fast AF and weather-sealed.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Tony3d Quote
When I go to Itally I really don't think I'm going to be to interested in changing my 18-55 with my 55-300mm lens very often. So I'm thinking about a new walk about lens. Was looking at the 18-135mm da. What are your thoughts on this lens. Let's see some samples shot with a K5.
My general purpose walk around lens is the Pentax 18-250 that is on my K5.Most of the photos in my threads and postings have been taken with that lens.--charliezap
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I have the Tammy 18-250, same lens as Charlie's, and it is just plain handy for a walkabout lens. IQ is good to plenty good, and it is a lifesaver when you get opportunities at varied ranges. I can't say that I have ever been dissatisfied with it for the purpose it serves.

It is even handy to shoot people...when Squirrels are not around!

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I love it for just "out and about" shooting!

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QuoteOriginally posted by charliezap Quote
My general purpose walk around lens is the Pentax 18-250 ...
Ditto. My basic minimalist kit is the Tamron 10-24 for tight spaces, the FA50/1.5 for dimness or action or DOF, and the DA18-250 for everything else. Throw in a Raynox and call it good.
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Ditto. My basic minimalist kit is the Tamron 10-24 for tight spaces, the FA50/1.5 for dimness or action or DOF, and the DA18-250 for everything else. Throw in a Raynox and call it good.
Yes...Raynox is great on the 18-250...forgot I had one, thanks!
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I haven't been that impressed by pics I've seen from the 18-135. If I was pushed to just take one lens out I'd probably opt for my Sigma 17-70. but really on a holiday, such as to italy, I'd make the effort to take a range of lenses
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My general purpose walk around lens is the Pentax 18-250 that is on my K5.Most of the photos in my threads and postings have been taken with that lens.--charliezap
That lens seems to be unavailable.

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I also have the Sigma 17-70 OS HSM 2.8-4.0 ...another good choice, but lacking a little in range. Great if you are not needing any distance, like inside shooting at a Mall or such. I think I would look at the Tamron 18-250....maybe a good used one?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tony3d Quote
That lens seems to be unavailable.
Second hand?
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QuoteOriginally posted by charliezap Quote
My general purpose walk around lens is the Pentax 18-250
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The Tamron 18-250mm/DA18-250mm was manufactured by Tamron, sold by Tamron and Pentax (rebadged DA18-250mm). It can be found on the 2nd hand market: PF market place, Adorama used equipment, and keh.com. There have been several offers (LN, EX conditions) over the last 2 months with prices between US$350 and 450 + shipping. (I bought mine from keh.com about 2 years ago.)

The 18-250mm is regarded as one of the best all-around lens across all brands (Canions, Oly, Sony included).

The newer 18-135mm adds the WR, but lacks the range and the IQ is not better.

Hope that the comments wil help.
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Lately I've been trying to go lighter myself, carrying just one lens. I have really liked using the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 on my K5. With the sensor conversion its more like a 36-105. Its not a wide angle, but I've found it to be a good all around lens with some creative perspectives. I love super wide lenses, so for me this single lens experiment has been more about teaching myself to see in a new perspective rather than just swallow as much as I can with a single frame! Sometimes you need a super wide and a super telephoto, but sometimes what we leave out of a photo is just as important as what we put in. So I don't know that you'll find a perdect lens, but you can find a perfect perspective for whatever lens you have with you.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hcc Quote
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The Tamron 18-250mm/DA18-250mm was manufactured by Tamron, sold by Tamron and Pentax (rebadged DA18-250mm). It can be found on the 2nd hand market: PF market place, Adorama used equipment, and keh.com. There have been several offers (LN, EX conditions) over the last 2 months with prices between US$350 and 450 + shipping. (I bought mine from keh.com about 2 years ago.)

The 18-250mm is regarded as one of the best all-around lens across all brands (Canions, Oly, Sony included).

The newer 18-135mm adds the WR, but lacks the range and the IQ is not better.

Hope that the comments wil help.
Overall, I'd agree.

I have both and the only thing I would mention is that the 18-135 adds more than just WR to the equation. It's also better built, has no annoying zoom creep and the AF is both faster and quieter. Also, the 18-135 has quick-shift focusing, something the 18-250 does not. Now in exchange you do give up a fairly large amount of reach on the long end, but there's always a trade-off
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No zoom creep on my Tamron...and it goes from portrait to landscapes in a second....in the original of this one, you can clearly see the nail heads in the siding....
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I picked up a Tamron 18-250 off the Bay a couple of weeks back, and so far it is living up to its reputation. I'm not a good photographer, but I do like taking pictures, especially when something comes up, and I only have a few seconds to grab a few shots. Here's one I did in a rush this afternoon. Rush, as in, grab the camera, kneel, and track the rooster in the viewfinder before it came after me.


K-r, Tamron 18-250 at 250 / f.6, 1/100

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