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03-04-2014, 07:03 AM   #16
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I have the Tamron 70-300mm and later bought the DA*60-250 and there is no comparison. That is not to say that I didn't get any good photos out of the Tamron as I did. Had to work harder at it and be careful what f stop I used and then do a lot of post processing. The DA* is an amazing lens. It is heavy however and I am trying to decide whether or not to keep the Tamron for times when I need the reach but less weight, although I have yet to use the Tamron since getting the DA*.

03-04-2014, 07:55 AM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by TonyTurley Quote
I'm out in the woods a lot, and if I go for the much more expensive 60-250, I'm wondering if I would miss not having the extra 50mm. It may not be a huge difference in reach. I'm still pondering.
With the improved IQ of the better lens, you might be better off cropping the image from the shorter lens. I don't own either one, but I've found with my own shooting, I'm sometimes better served by cropping images from my 100 macro than using a ( cheap ) telezoom with more reach.

QuoteOriginally posted by TonyTurley Quote
Thanks for that jatrax. The better IQ sounds tempting, but since my walks often go 10+ miles, adding a huge lens to the K-30 may not be the best way to go.
This is a consideration that IMHO gets overlooked far too often. The best lens in the world won't do you any good if you can't carry it to where you want to shoot, or if you damage it in the process. Some people load up a dolly with their gear and wheel it a few yards to where they're going to be shooting. Some people have to budget how much gear they carry on their backs against the water they'll need along the way. You have to pick where you fit in along that spectrum and choose your gear accordingly. It's all about trade-offs.
03-04-2014, 02:14 PM   #18
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The 55-300 WR is quite comfortable to carry around on the K-30; even the Vivitar (Kiron) 75-205 1:3.8 is no problem to carry around. I know I could have had better IQ with the DA 60-250, but the 55-300 WR fit my wallet comfortably. Therein lies another trade-off - how much is one willing or able to spend. Actually, my wife thought I should buy the higher quality lens, but as an enthusiast, I just couldn't justify the extra expense.

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