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01-26-2014, 03:59 PM   #1
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Skipping the kit lens

Anyone use the Tamron TA1820035PAF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens ?
Likes or dislikes?
Better options around this price range - new or used?

01-26-2014, 04:04 PM   #2
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Tamron 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 AF XR Di II LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens Reviews - Tamron Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
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QuoteOriginally posted by rschuldl Quote
Anyone use the Tamron TA1820035PAF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens ?
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Better options around this price range - new or used?
I'd get the 18-135 if you can afford it.
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Missed it.
Thanks!

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I'd get the 18-135 if you can afford it.
Thanks. Have to keep a eye on the "for sale" list.
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I'd get the 18-135 if you can afford it.
I agree, I've had both, I much prefer the new 18-135 WR
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Favorite part of the 18-135 is standing in the rain, not worrying about the camera. Pictures are nice, too. Yes, it is soft in the corners. Most zooms are.
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The 18-135 is pretty nice. I snapped a picture of my younger boy with it two weeks ago.




Seems plenty sharp for f/4.5!

As always, I have to toot the FA lens bugle too. The 28-200mm and 28-105mm lenses are pretty sharp too with a wider range than the kit lens at the expense of the wide angle end.

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The 18-135 is pretty nice. I snapped a picture of my younger boy with it two weeks ago.




Seems plenty sharp for f/4.5!

As always, I have to toot the FA lens bugle too. The 28-200mm and 28-105mm lenses are pretty sharp too with a wider range than the kit lens at the expense of the wide angle end.
Thanks for the shot. Yes, pretty sharp.
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Keep an eye on the marketplace, the 18-135 shows up occasionally. Enter a watch keyword.

There is a fanbase for the tamron ultrazooms, though. I think they may take some learning.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rschuldl Quote
Anyone use the Tamron TA1820035PAF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens ?
Likes or dislikes?
Better options around this price range - new or used?
I've got one and I like it. I've gotten plenty of good shots with it. Makes a great general purpose walkaround lens. It's compact, has a zoom lock, it's relatively lightweight, and has good ergonomics. Of course, being a superzoom it's a compromise, but I've used several superzooms and this one's my favorite of the ones I've owned. IQ is generally on par with the DA 18-55 kit lens, which I think is pretty decent. You can typically get one used for around $130, and at that price it's a great deal.
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Agree with the 18135. WR, fast DC AF, good FL, I'm not sure why it's still called a kit lens
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Thanks for the advice!

Watching the marketplace...
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I also skipped the kit lens when I got my K50 3 weeks ago. I opted for the two reasonable priced primes 35 f2.4 and 50/1.8. I'm very impressed with the IQ of the 35 f2.4 and my 50mm is coming in tomorrow from an Adorama BO. I also received this Friday a used Pentax 50-135 f2.8 from Adorama but I'm contemplating on returning that though.... It was rated an EX+ cond but in reality it was more like E cond.

DA 50mm f1.8

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I am about to order a camera and also think I am going to skip the kit lens. I just think that I want a little more reach than the reach that comes with the kit lens. Ejchc it is a bummer that your camera turned out to not be what was represented.
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