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Old Dec 24, 2007, 1:35 PM   #1
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So, is the new Pentax 18-250 as good as the 18-55 and the 50-200 ???? If so, I would like to rethink my current lenses.

I initially picked up the K100D for traveling - as the big brother to my little canon sd500 ELPH - Then suddenly, we thought that my wife had a minor stroke, and she canceled everything. Then, the doctors figured out it was the mediciation she was on. Now with everything back to normal - after a year, she is now wanting to do some traveling.

If the 18-250 is as good as the 18-55 and the 50-200, then I can replace them both. I also have the 16-45 that I really like, but that can go too. (I did a comparison between the 16-45 and the 18-55 - with the kit lens being a tad better than the 16-45).

I am thinking that for traveling...
  • Pentax 10-17 FE (currently have)[/*]
  • Pentax 12-24 (close to almost having enough lunch money saved)[/*]
  • Pentax 18-250[/*]
Yes, I do like the wide end of things - and the FE provides some extra dimension that I do like in various circumstances. I picked up the 16-45 for increased quality over the kit - based on reviews and everything written. I still really like it, but essentially trading it for the 12-24. Also, I am trying to keep everything down to 4 lenses - especially for traveling.

I also have the Pentax 75-300 that is ok, but would like something a bit longer and a tad better. I have been thinking about the Tokina 80-400 but it has been discontinued in the Pentax mount and the old ones are real difficult to come by. I would really like to find a 200-400 or 500, but no one really makes them - however suggestions/ideas would be appreciated.

So is the 18-250 that good? Should I swap the 3 for the one?

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Old Dec 24, 2007, 1:50 PM   #2
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Can't answer about the 18-250.
I'm looking right now at the 170-500 Sigma

http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/len...mp;navigator=3
and the 50-500 Sigma
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/len...mp;navigator=3
With the 135-400 Sigma a close second!
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/len...mp;navigator=3
These would give you the range you are looking for and not be too big a burden!!

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PS Glad to hear your wife is doing better. Hope you guys enjoy the travel!



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Old Dec 24, 2007, 6:14 PM   #3
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I bought a Sigma 135-400 recently and it is reasonably compact for 400mm lens.

It is still weighty and I allways use it with a monopod.

When keeping lenses to a minimum is an issue I combine it with my Sigma 18-125.

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Old Dec 24, 2007, 9:01 PM   #4
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I bought a Sigma 135-400 recently and it is reasonably compact for 400mm lens.

It is still weighty and I allways use it with a monopod.

When keeping lenses to a minimum is an issue I combine it with my Sigma 18-125.

Phil

That would give the range alright!

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Old Dec 27, 2007, 10:24 AM   #5
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i think in your case i would add the DA 18-250. i use a tamron28-200 for my one size fits all travel lens and i wish it was a tad wider, but it really does work well for the flexibility it gives me. i too want to add a DA 12-24 to my camera bag but am holding off for now to see what january 24th brings.
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Old Dec 28, 2007, 6:25 AM   #6
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You don't need me to tell you that's it's how light you wish to travel & to what extent you're concerned about quality.

I own the DA 18-55mm kit lens & complement this with the DA 50-200mm but the latter seldom gets used as for a walk around, it not wide enough. Quality of these 2 lens is OK - not outstanding but OK for what I want.

Using the DA 18-55mm is also restricive when needing to quickly grab a shot of a bird or small animal that comes into view - long gone after the lens change.

I've looked at the Tamron 18-250mm & tried it out on the *istDS from the dealer & was slightly concerned about the level of vignetting.

My lad has this lens on his Canon Rebel & likes it - I tried it out on a walk about & did notice the aforementioned vignetting which at longer focal lengths is a tad unusual.

I haven't tried the Pentax 18-250mm as they are a tad rare in the UK (AND expensive) but I doubt that it would be any different to the Tamron given that they are the same beast.

If you are looking for a compact walk about solution, then weigh up the pros & cons and look at the Tamron which in the UK is over GB£150 cheaper.
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Old Jan 3, 2008, 8:43 AM   #7
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As a 18-250 Tamron owner I thought I would add to the thread.Although I have limited experience I did my research before my purchase.As a over all lens I give it a good score.I have not found vigneting a problen at all and have not noticed it.I have found it crisp and sharp and always seems to focus well even in low light.

I am sure there are primes and shorter range zooms may beat it here and there but for one do it all lens I have no regrets and if you do purcahase I think you will agree.

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