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07-20-2011, 06:41 AM   #1
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Tamron 17-50mm Lens question

I'm bit of a neebie to DSLR's but guess I've had my K-m for about 18 months. Now I think the stock lens has developed a fault so I'm looking at getting a Tamron 17-50mm as a replacement. The question is, should I opt for the older one (Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II Lens) or the new which I believe is almost the same lens but with VC built in. As the Pentax K-m has shake reduction feature built into the housing will I actually benefit from VC or would I be wasting my cash?

Any advice appreciated!

Oh, and hello all - this is my first post!

07-20-2011, 06:46 AM   #2
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Only the non vc version is available in pentax mount. Problem solved
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and some cash :-) :-)

thanks for super quick reply.
07-20-2011, 08:05 AM   #4
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Even if the VC one had the Pentax mount, you will have to turn it off when using the in body SR or if you turn off the in-body SR, that is the only time you can use the VC on the lens, so it won't work in tandem if you were thinking about that.
There is a Sigma 17-70mm HSM with OS (Optical Stabilization) with Pentax mount and you have to work with the SR either-or, not both.

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The older tamron is meant to be better anyway
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If you want a cheaper option someone on the forums posted a link to a new Samsung(Pentax) 16-45 lens for $239. LINK: I would rather have the Tamron, but it would cost you less than half to have a really nice lens.
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Cracking lens - you'll love it. And welcome !
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If you're thinking about spending the cash on the Tammy 17-50/f2.8, do it! It's a major upgrade from the kit 18-55. Mine lives on my camera 99% of the time. I doubt you'll be disappointed with it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by kenafein Quote
If you want a cheaper option someone on the forums posted a link to a new Samsung(Pentax) 16-45 lens for $239.
I live in the frozen, dark, cold North of Canada. Natural light can be a precious commodity, so I need a 2.8 lens, and the Tamron is perfect for me.

If I lived somewhere like Brisbane Australia where the natural light was more plentiful and I spent more times outdoors or with windows open, I would probably only need the Pentx 16-45/4.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aristophanes Quote
I live in the frozen, dark, cold North of Canada. Natural light can be a precious commodity, so I need a 2.8 lens, and the Tamron is perfect for me.

If I lived somewhere like Brisbane Australia where the natural light was more plentiful and I spent more times outdoors or with windows open, I would probably only need the Pentx 16-45/4.
Sounds like you need the DA*16-50 for the weather sealing and the low temp tolerance. You might as well send me your Tammy. I live in sunny California (too sunny for my liking.).
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I've used the 17-50 in the snow (couple of hours) with no complaints and second Frogfish's sentiments... It is a cracking lens...
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Cool thanks for all the replys. Think I'll definitely go out and get one due to all the positive comments of this lense.
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