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07-28-2011, 01:16 AM   #1
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Tamron 28-300mm question

I have been looking through this forum since I bought my k-x last summer and have been amazed with the quality of information on here. You guys/gals were the leading reason I bought a pentax in the first place. I haven't added anything because I could be the least qualified person on the planet to give advice.

I have my first question.

I seem to have found the limits of what the kit lens can provide. I seem to want more and more reach for everyday shooting. When I say everyday, I mean family activities, zoo outings, travel etc. NOT I repeat NOT trying to take pictures like the Hubble telescope can.

I am looking for an everyday lens with some reach. This lens here is just what I wanted and at the price I think is more than reasonable.

Any advice, opinions, or concerns are welcome on said lens. Thanks in advance!!

AF061P700 Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di Aspherical (IF) Wide Angle-Telephoto Auto Focus Zoom Lens with Hood for Pentax AF - USA with 6 Year Warranty

Tamron -28-300mm F/3.5-6.3(Model A061)

07-28-2011, 06:35 AM   #2
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Well, I prefer go with a lens start at 18mm.
I owned a Tamron 28-200 before. The more I use it, the more I find I need the 18-27mm, I miss that wide angle from kit lens. So finally I sold it.
so I prefer u go with Tamron 18-200 or sigma 18-200. or more expensive model with 18-250
For optical, as far as u understand it is a superzoom, it is good enough for everyday general use.
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that lens has been my primary lens for almost a year now. i do miss the wide sometimes, but choosing between the kit lens or the tamron, I always take the tamron. I originally got it for my girlfriend to use on her k-x, but kinda stole it back after I used it a few times. I continue to be impressed by the photos I get with this lens, particularly at 300. it is pretty dang sharp.
all that said....I would go for the 18-200. the diff between 200 and 300 isn't as much an issue as the diff between 18 and 28. enjoy!
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I have the Sigma 18-200 and although image quality doesn't compare to the primes I have, it is a great walk-around lens for everyday shots such as picnics, family outings etc.


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I have the 28-300 as my main lens. I love the focal length. I find it is very sharp for a super zoom. Mine is for full frame cameras, so the wide angle is not quite wide enough. I added the Sigma 10-20 for wide shots. The Tamron is great for zoo shots and as an everyday walkaround lens. But sometimes you just need the wider angle.
If you can only have 1 lens, I would say the 18-200, as you can always crop on the tele end, but can't add the wider side
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I had almost that same lens, except without the Di coatings, so mine was the A06 model. It was also my second purchase. It was a good size, pretty good build, functions were fine. Image quality was average in the middle of its range (the example on Tamron's page is at 80mm) but kind of sucks at the long end. It also does not quite go to 300mm, more like 270mm as measured by a magazine.

The range might make you carry the kit for some wide angle. At that price, I might search for the discontinued Pentax DA 18-250, much better image quality and with a more useful range. Or an 18-200. A 300mm lens sounds great but when it's f6.3, you run out of light a lot and are always trying to handhold at 1/125.
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I can say my Tamron 18-200 was a good lens. By far the biggest advantage of the lens was the flexibility/versatility of having a range of 182mm in one lens. Sometimes if it was not possible to carry multiple lenses or to change lenses I would stick that one on and be ready for most anything. The IQ was pretty good, definitely not great but that is expected for a superzoom. The 18mm versions are suppose to be better than the 28mm versions and the 18-250 is suppose to be even better than the 18-200 so if money permits I would go with the 18-250, then the 18-200 then the 18-300.
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QuoteOriginally posted by KxBlaze Quote
The 18mm versions are suppose to be better than the 28mm versions and the 18-250 is suppose to be even better than the 18-200 so if money permits I would go with the 18-250, then the 18-200 then the 18-300.
I think you mean 28-300mm..

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IMHO the best of the superzooms is the DA18-250 or its Tamron twin. These are no longer produced, but are widely available on the used market. The DA18-250 is my basic lens; my other ~215 lenses are all specialty tools.

I haven't had a Tammy 28-300. I *did* own a Tammy 28-200; it was a good lens but I didn't need it because of my DA18-250, so I sold it to a member here who is very happy with it. Read the reviews of the Tamron superzooms and see what you think.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GerryL Quote
I think you mean 28-300mm..
I did, think I was just use to typing "18".
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I have an older Tamron 28-300 mm Silver, that I picked up new, some years ago, model #285DP. The filter size on it is 72 mm, and weighs in at 20.8 oz., just to give you an idea of how much bigger it is than the more recent models. I bought it when I was still shooting film.
Lately, I've been using it on my K-5, and it works fine. I shoot a lot of events and happenings, and it's nice to have the extra reach. When I need to go wide, I use a Pentax 10-17 mm. Usually, I keep it mounted on my K-20, so I don't have to mess with constantly swapping out. So far, this combination has been working. I try to keep my distance from people, so I can get as candid a shot as possible. But, for the times I have to get into the crowd, the 10-17mm works nice, because I can stay close and isolate my subject, with less chance of someone walking in front of me, It also works when I have a very large group, or room size is confined. I realize the wideness of the lens, causes some distortion, but there are times I'd rather have that, than miss the shot. I have other lenses I use when shooting portraits, landscapes etc., and there is more time to take the photo. So that's the system I've worked out with my 28-300mm.

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I apologize to all the great people that answered, I have been unavoidably detained for some time and this thread completely slipped my mind.

As to all the responses, I also plan to keep my kit lens in the bag and use it in such occasions that demand a wider angle. I was just planning on getting another lens that would be appropriate for "most" shooting scenes.

Another question has formed while searching the forums, and online. Is there an appreciable difference in a Sigma copy versus a Tamron? In terms of quality and durability. I already assume the IQ will be virtually the same for a "super zoom"


Thanks again for all the quick knowledgeable responses and please excuse my absence.
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Have you studied your shooting habits and the focal lengths you shoot at (using software tools like exposureplot) to be sure that you'd really use the 55-300 range more than 18-28? That would actually be pretty unusual. Most people would probably shoot 18-28 qute a bit more than they would shoot above 55. Meaning you might find it's the the 18-55 that really should stay on your camera most of the time.
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