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Old Jul 9, 2006, 1:04 PM   #1
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Tamron AF 75-300 f4-5.8 LD Macro
I am currently using the kit lens (18-55) as my walk-about lens as my old smc FA 28-80is in need of repair . I was using the 28-80 as the walk-about but was not really happy with its reach and it was slow in AF mode. I am considering buying the Tamron 24-135 as a replacement and to complement my Tamron 70-300. Has anyone had experience with the 24-135 (positive and negative) or recommend another short zoom
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Old Jul 9, 2006, 3:38 PM   #2
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Camera *st DL
Current lens
DA 18-55 Kit lens
smc FA 28-80 f3.5-4.7
Tamron AF 75-300 f4-5.8 LD Macro
I am currently using the kit lens (18-55) as my walk-about lens as my old smc FA 28-80is in need of repair . I was using the 28-80 as the walk-about but was not really happy with its reach and it was slow in AF mode. I am considering buying the Tamron 24-135 as a replacement and to complement my Tamron 70-300. Has anyone had experience with the 24-135 (positive and negative) or recommend another short zoom


Welcome To the Forum.

I cannot offer any advice on the Tamron lense. However the lense that Is on My camera 90% of the time is the Pentax FA 28-105MM 3.2-4.5. I Highly recommend this lense. If You would like To see a couple of shots using it Checkmy thread "

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=80



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Old Jul 9, 2006, 6:41 PM   #3
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I have a Sigma 24-135mm f2.8-4.5 and I love the range, from slightly wide to nicely long, a great walk about lens with fewer compromises than the 28-200 or 28-300 range lenses.

I agree that the 28-105mm Pentax would also be a very good choice.

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Old Jul 10, 2006, 3:04 PM   #4
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Phil, Ira, Thanks for the advice. I had not considered the Pentax but I will take your advice onboard. I had been told by a friend (Canon owner) that the sharpness was an issue with the Sigma so I had taken it off my list.
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Old Jul 18, 2006, 6:44 PM   #5
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I have made a decision and purchased the FA 28-105 about an hour ago. I was passing through Toronto and dropped into Just Cameras in Mississauga to see if they had the Tamron 24-135. What they had was a used Pentax 24-105 in pristine condition. Tried it and decided to buy it. I'll post some sample once I get back to Germany
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Old Jul 18, 2006, 9:10 PM   #6
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I'm with Ira. The 24-135mm is a very nice walkabout range. I had a 28-105mm f/3.2, but sold it. I found it suffered from lens flare quite a bit, whereas the Sigma I have, shows virtually none. Hope this helps......Don.

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I have a Sigma 24-135mm f2.8-4.5 and I love the range, from slightly wide to nicely long, a great walk about lens with fewer compromises than the 28-200 or 28-300 range lenses.

I agree that the 28-105mm Pentax would also be a very good choice.

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Old Jul 18, 2006, 9:39 PM   #7
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Don't forget there are three 28-105 FA lenses and not all of them are good performers.

FA 28-105/3.2-4.5 AL (IF)
FA 28-105/4-5.6 Power Zoom
FA 28-105/4-5.6 (IF)

The power zoom version is the one I have and it is a great lens although the power zoom feature does not work on DSLR's.

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Old Jul 18, 2006, 10:18 PM   #8
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Tom, the lens is the silver SMC FA 28-105 AF & IF. f3.2-4.5. The photozone.de lens review rate the optics at 3.31 (out of 5) It seems to be the best rating on the 28-105 lens
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I remember reading that one of the IF versions (I can not remember which) is not that good and all prictical tests of the lenses I have read have rated the older power zoom version as the best.

Why don't you just test it before you go home to see if it is up to your standards? It really doesn't matter what others think if it works for you.

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