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03-31-2010, 07:44 PM   #1
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Tamron 18-200mm vs DAL 18-55mm

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I am new in the dslr world. i am living here in the Philippines. I have a tight budget of around $300 for a new and all around lens. I need an all around and general purpose lens as I am still in the process of learning the art of photography. I don't want to always change lens during shoots to minimize dust and accidents or other unfortunate event that the camera might befall. I looked up some reviews and prices of lenses in the market. I found this Tamron AF 18-200mm which is sold at around $230 (b&h, adorama, newegg etc.). It quite has good reviews from online sources and in the forums. Now this is sold here in the Philippines for around $300 and I am now almost convinced in purchasing this lens. However, I also have some questions that need to be answered.

1. Is this lens an upgrade or a downgrade in terms of IQ compared to my kit lens (18-55mm)?

2. What lens can you recommend that is an all around and general purpose lens (wide to tele zoom) besides the Tamron AF 18-200mm in the working budget of $300? First hand review or online reviews of such product is very much welcome.


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Rodyl


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03-31-2010, 09:27 PM   #2
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Most would say the 18-200's are not as good as the 18-55, but the more expensive 18-250's are. But that's not to say you can't get decent pictures out fo the 18-200. If it's that imporant to not have to change lenses and you don't want to spend more than $300, then that seems to be your best bet.
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Thanks marc! So it would be a downgrade in IQ compared to my DAL 18-55mm. I was interested with the 18-250 but it was too expensive about double the price of the 18-200mm.

I have got a follow up on whether a Tamron AF 70-300 be a better buy to complement my kit lens? its cheaper and reviews (photozone and ephotozine) show it has a better IQ than the 18-200mm. I think I can live with that compromise of having to change lens if it means saving up money and gaining IQ at the same time.
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I second Marc's comment. The DA18-250mm that is a rebadged Tamron 18-250mm is highliy regarded and far superior to the 18-200mm. The DA18-250mm is the ideal all-rounder lens. There are a few 2nd hand Tamron 18-250 and Pentax 18-250 around, but the prices are not really cheap (~$350).

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I wish that was true here in my country. There aren't much used or 2nd hand Pentax mount lenses here. And buying a new Tamron 18-250mm ($650) is just out of my budget.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rodfs Quote
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I wish that was true here in my country. There aren't much used or 2nd hand Pentax mount lenses here. And buying a new Tamron 18-250mm ($650) is just out of my budget.
Rodfs,
Like you, I could not find well-priced DA18-250mm in my country. I bought my DA18-250mm 2nd hand through the Internet at www.keh.com. The lens was like new. www.Adorama.com has also some 2nd hand lenses. Both adorama.com and keh.com are highly respected 2nd hand places and their prices might be higher than on the rest of the Internet. Off course there is also e-bay and www.pentaxforums.com (Marketplace).

I noted that there were a few more 2nd hand Tamron 18-250mm than DA18-250mm available in the last couple of months, but I agree that the marketplace is limited.
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Keep the kit lens and add a DA 50-200mm. It's cheaper too.
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Like I said, the 18-200 might be a donwgrade, but maybe not enough to matter, and if you're really concerned about changing lens, that could still eb the way to go.

Betwene the 50-200 and 70-300, I like the smaller size of the 50-200 better, others like the greater reach of the 70-300 better. Optically there's basically no difference to speak of. In my tests, I find the 50-200 at 200mm cropped to provide the same images as the 70-300 at 300mm looks about as good or even better, but others find the opposite, and in any case, to see differences, you need a magnifying glass, so it's really not worth worrying about.

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Thanks for your input guys! I really appreciate it! I might be taking the 18-200mm route then purchase maybe come christmas time (when i've got the budget) a prime or maybe a Tamron 28-75mm.
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I would also like to add the Sigma 18-125 into the mix. Is this lens as good as the Tammy 18-250? Reviews have been quite good. Hope to hear from you guys.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rodfs Quote
I would also like to add the Sigma 18-125 into the mix. Is this lens as good as the Tammy 18-250? Reviews have been quite good. Hope to hear from you guys.
There are 2 Sigma 18-125mm: Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC and Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC HSM.

From your posts, you are likely looking for the former. The following reviews might be relevant:
Sigma AF 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC (Pentax K) - Review / Lab Test Report
and
Sigma Lens: Zooms - Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC (Tested) - SLRgear.com!

Generally, the Tamron 18-250mm/Pentax DA18-250mm are considered the best in their category, and the extra range over the 18-125mm is welcome if you want to use a single lens.

Hope that the info will help.. and Happy Easter.

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