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07-17-2009, 06:55 AM   #1
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Those who use 18-200 or 18-250

Those who use 18-200 or 18-250mm lenses, do you guys ever swap it out for your 18-55 or anything? Because I see that the 18-200/250 will zoom even further and can also go as wide, plus it also looks as compact and light too.

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My 18-250 is my main walk around lens. I have two other lenses that I use depending on my mood. The FA50 comes out when I want to work within the confines of the focal length and the DOF it provides (which is significant compared to the 18-250 and the kit lens). The same goes for my Sigma 105. It comes out when I want to work within the focal length or I want to do true Macro work. I never take the 18-55 out anymore as the 18-250 performs just as well as the kit lens within those ranges so I see no need to ever use it over the 18-250.
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QuoteOriginally posted by LeDave Quote
...plus it also looks as compact and light too.
I'll preface this by saying I don't have an 18-200 or 18-250, but I can assure you it only looks as compact at the wide end (zoomed it'll get a lot bigger) and they're definitely far heavier. More elements, more glass, more weight.
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QuoteOriginally posted by LensScribe Quote
I can assure you it only looks as compact at the wide end (zoomed it'll get a lot bigger) and they're definitely far heavier. More elements, more glass, more weight.
True. I find the weight of the 18-250 unbalances the K100DS. I always mount the battery grip on the K100DS with the 18-250. The K20D balances the 18-250 much better.

I wouldn't change out the 18-250 for the kit lens under any circumstance I can think of, except for when distortion at 18mm is important. I do change out the 18-250 for the 16-45 and 55-300 zooms to gain extra range and better IQ.


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If I owned the 18-250 (which I don't, so take my comments accordingly), it would probably live on the camera when outdoors, but would be swapped out for something faster (ie. larger maximum aperture) when indoors. Probably the DA40 most of the time. And since I do a ton of concert photography, something longer quite often too (like 100mm).
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I have shot with the 18-250 on a K20D and a k2000. With either camera, it is a two handed operation, especially if you zoom out. Honestly, the handling of the lens was not harder or easier on either camera for me.

For me, it's a fine replacement for the kit lens, but not a replacement for a faster zoom or a good prime lens indoors or when other criteria are more important than zoom coverage.

Compared to the 18-55 II kit lens, the 18-250 is about 0.7 of an inch longer zoomed all the way in and 8.2 ounces more in weight over all. I've never measured it zoomed out as I don't pack or carry it that way.

Just as there is no "perfect" camera, there is no "perfect" lens either. For me the 18-250 is what I use instead of the kit lens. It can do things that other lenses can't and vice-versa.

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I an completely new to all of this having recieved my K20D only 2 weeks ago. This is my first non point and shoot camera. So bear in mind I do not know what I am doing. That being said I have 2 lenses. The 18-250 and the FA50/1.4. So far I put the 18-250 on when I am "leaving my property." Otherwise, inside the house or taking pics of the kids in the back yard, I leave the FA50 on my K20D, because the pictures I take with that lens make me look like I know what I am doing, even though I don't. I guess that is a long winded way of saying I really apreciate having THAT second lens for pictures of people. I can't comment on other lenses, of course.
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I only have the 18-250 as I could only afford 1 lens with the purchase of my camera and I actually got the body and that lens cheaper than a lot of kit cameras were running.
Anyway as far as using my 18-250 I have to say I love it. Yes it doesnt open as wide as I would like to for all my shooting, but as long as I have my tripod I can get pretty much all the shots I want to in most situations without major problems. I have been in a situation where I would have loved to have had a larger aperture lens to be able to make a shot of a flock of geese landing in a river at almost sunset which unfortunately I missed with my setup.
BUT if one lens did everything perfectly what would we have to drool over???

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I have an 18-250 as well as the 17-50 (both Tamron). Weight is only a fractional difference, if any and when at widest (locked setting), they are almost identical in length.

That being said, I really enjoy the 17-50 and use is almost exclusively as my walk around lens nowadays. The only times I switch it for my 18-250 is when I know I will be wanting to get some extra reach (football games, wide open outdoor spaces, etc). As far as my kit lens, It hasn't been on the camera in 2 years (when I bought the 18-250)

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It depends.

When traveling I use my 16-50/f2.8 the most.
On foot, with need for longer range I use the 18-250mm as a second lens.
In cities I leave the 18-250 at home and replace it with my 10-17mm as second lens.
For hiking the 18-250mm is all I take.

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When I was first starting out, the 18-250 lived on my camera... it was just so convenient, and with stunning results in broad daylight to boot. I've since bought the Tamron 17-50, and it's now replaced the 18-250 in terms of my primary lens. I thought the 18-250 was sharp... the 17-50 is on another level, and it works pretty well in darker environments too!
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QuoteOriginally posted by hsu1 Quote
When I was first starting out, the 18-250 lived on my camera... it was just so convenient, and with stunning results in broad daylight to boot. I've since bought the Tamron 17-50, and it's now replaced the 18-250 in terms of my primary lens. I thought the 18-250 was sharp... the 17-50 is on another level, and it works pretty well in darker environments too!
Ditto.

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