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04-11-2012, 12:49 PM   #1
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Walkaround lens

I'm trying to decide on a good general walkaround lens and narrowed it to two. Would love to hear your opinions on which you would choose. the two are:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/sigma-18-250mm-f3-5-6-3-dc-os-hsm.html and https://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/tamron-28-300mm-f3-5-6-3-xr-di-af.html

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04-11-2012, 01:04 PM   #2
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phoar! those are a bit heavy to be lugging around everywhere aren't they?

i use a DA40ltd as my walk around lens. when something isn't fitting into my frame i walk away, when its too small i walk closer.- I'm my world thats the ideal 'walk around' mentality

and its almost like nor even having a lens attached its so small


if your sure that you want one of those though then i can't help you, sorry
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Of the 2, I would choose the Sigma 18-250, mainly because I would really miss having the 18-28mm range. 28mm really isn't wide on a aps-c camera.
If you don't minds buying used, check out the Tamron 18-250mm and Pentax DA 18-250mm
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Bonsoir,

Given these two options, I'd vote for the Sigma for three reasons:

(1.) I have a Sigma DC 18-200 and its "OK" for happy snap photos, versatile overall but slow with average IQ ... don't know about the 18-250 OS HSM
(2.) I tend to shoot quite a bit below 28mm (scenes, city scapes, etc.), thus the Sigma will be better to have IMHO
(3.) I wouldn't use the top end of the Tamron very much as a walk around lens ... and 250 is enough, thus the Sigma gets the nod again ...

Hope this helps and you can send me a check for "two cents" at a latter date ...

Salut, John le Frog

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Swift1 is giving you good advice. The Tamron built Pentax rebagged 18-250 is rated better than either of the choices you've listed and has the advantage of SMC coatings.
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A walk-around lens is one that will work for most subjects you randomly encounter. A prime does not really fit that category, though as posted, some people seem to get by with one focal length. Rather than carrying 3 primes which approximate the weight and bulk of a single zoom, you can get a superzoom as you are investigating. It eliminates lens swapping which some people do not like to do. It also lacks the IQ of a prime. Of the two mentioned, I would take the 18-xxx for the focal length. You can never go too wide :-) My W-A is an older Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4.5 that works well for that purpose, and can focus close enough for flower shots. I had a nice 28-75 but I was tending to have to back up a lot, so it did not work for me.
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The DA18-250 is my drivearound lens, and walkaround for strange places.
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I use the Tamron 18-200 for a walking around lens. I've been very happy with it. And, for $249 after rebate, what's not to like?

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Tamron has a new offering 18-270mm, have a quick search.
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Unfortunately, I believe the Tamron 18-270 only comes in Canon, Nikon or Sony flavors. Pity.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
A walk-around lens is one that will work for most subjects you randomly encounter. A prime does not really fit that category, though as posted, some people seem to get by with one focal length. Rather than carrying 3 primes which approximate the weight and bulk of a single zoom, you can get a superzoom as you are investigating. It eliminates lens swapping which some people do not like to do. It also lacks the IQ of a prime. Of the two mentioned, I would take the 18-xxx for the focal length. You can never go too wide :-) My W-A is an older Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4.5 that works well for that purpose, and can focus close enough for flower shots. I had a nice 28-75 but I was tending to have to back up a lot, so it did not work for me.
This was my thought exactly and I should have been more clear in my description. This came about when I was covering a high school play and was only allowed limited movement around the auditorium. I'll take your advice on the wider focal length as well!
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The DA18-250 is my drivearound lens, and walkaround for strange places.
Looked at this and it appears to be discontinued. I will check to see where I can find it used and price.

Thanks!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Swift1 Quote
Of the 2, I would choose the Sigma 18-250, mainly because I would really miss having the 18-28mm range. 28mm really isn't wide on a aps-c camera.
If you don't minds buying used, check out the Tamron 18-250mm and Pentax DA 18-250mm
Was leaning this way anyway, also the Tamron 18-200, but wanted the extra 50mm at the top end. Used is fine by me as long as the condition is good.

Thanks!
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If you have more than a 6mp camera, I'd go with the 18-250. With the extra MP you can always crop a little for a little extra length. Both of those are pretty good, though. I have the older version version of the Tamron 28-300 as my walkaround. It's handy.
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I you are trying to cover a show with these lens this will be quite tough. it is better to have front seats and have some fast lens. going with high iso and restricting shutter speed to 1/200 or above is not going to be easy. I would do this with Da*50-135 seated in the first 3 rows. you will still have 1 or 2 f stop more.
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