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Old Sep 2, 2008, 10:19 AM   #1
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back from vacations, i had the chance to use a lot the kit lenses on my k10d, and i have to admit i'm very happy about them, now I just have to decide if keeping them or try the 18-250 if it's comparable.


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Old Sep 2, 2008, 10:20 AM   #2
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Old Sep 2, 2008, 11:46 AM   #3
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Both these lens will give quite acceptable results and are good value for money.

The 18-250mm (Pentax or Tamron as they are optically identical but the Pentax costs a whole lot more) will perform very well & will be a close match to the 18-55mm & 50-200mm BUT you will have to stop down to avoid vignetting across the whole range or use lens correction software to reduce vignetting should it occur.

I own all three of these lens (Tamron version) & find that as a general walk around lens, it is very good,

I increase the ISO whenever necessary to avoid vignetting.

Lens corection software (I've used Photoshop) works much better on the RAW image before conversion.
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Old Sep 3, 2008, 12:18 AM   #4
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Love the pictures. It doesn't look like you'd gain anything by going with the 18-250, other than a bit of extra reach. I think it would be more to the point to keep the duo you have and buy a 300mm lens for the extra reach.
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Old Sep 4, 2008, 10:42 AM   #5
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Love the pictures. It doesn't look like you'd gain anything by going with the 18-250, other than a bit of extra reach. I think it would be more to the point to keep the duo you have and buy a 300mm lens for the extra reach.
Love my Kit lens and for a walk about it is very good as it's portrait and close up performance is very good, not to mention vignette less wide landscapes. The 50-200 is a great addition to continue the zoom length progression. Both of these are light weight lens and easily carried as a tandem. I use the 18-55 kit lens and then the 50-500mm Sigma as this gives me the broadest range in a 2 lens duo. Both are quite good at portraits.

The 18-55 kit lens shot this.


This is with the Bigma from 3 feet.


And this with the Kit lens.


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Old Sep 5, 2008, 9:25 PM   #6
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I have seen some good shots with the 18-250 but I think the lenses you have now were a wise investment. My18-55 kit lens has seen heavy use on the K100d and K10d. The two 70-300mm lenses I have tried got quite a bit softer after 200mm and the 50-200mm did pretty well all the way out to 200mm, so you may be missing less than you think.

From the pics I have seen posted here, the new 50-300mm looks like a strong contender if you want more zoom. No matter what lens you buy, I would hang on to the 18-55mm, the price/performance ratio for that lens is dang good IMO.

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