"Holiday" lens


GrahamNR17

Link Posted 20/01/2009 - 13:27
Hi All,

I'm thinking about a holiday lens, ie a superzoom for when I want reasonable pictures but don't want to carry a full gadget bag. What's the general feeling about 18-200s? Are they as dreadful as I fear they might be?

gartmore

Link Posted 20/01/2009 - 13:42
A friend bought the Tamron one for his NIkon to use on a Safari holiday, the results seem just fine.
Ken
“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson -

iceblinker

Link Posted 20/01/2009 - 13:50
General opinion on this and other forums is that the Pentax/Tamron 18-250mm is the best superzoom and better than any 18-200mm.

I don't have one myself, but have seen enough great pictures from the 18-250 to be convinced that it's very good as long as you don't mind the obvious drawbacks.
~Pete

womble

Link Posted 20/01/2009 - 21:50
Check out the photos here.

Cheers, Kris.
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GrahamNR17

Link Posted 20/01/2009 - 21:54
Wow, I'm blown away that superzooms have reached that level. bit of a no brainer then really

user_removed

Link Posted 20/01/2009 - 22:02
One travel photographer uses this pentax 18-250 and some good samples are here link, all the best
Last Edited by user_removed on 20/01/2009 - 22:03

Anvh

Link Posted 20/01/2009 - 22:05
The DA* 18-250 is out of production btw and Tamron now has a 18-270 on the market which seem to preform quite well, here is a review of the lens link

I have a 18-250 myself and it's quite a nice lens the only drawback I've is that it doesn't have quick-shift and I'm really missing that, for the rest it does his job well.

There is also an option for just 2 lenses, the kit lens or 16-45 with the DA 55-300. They both aren't heavy which the 18-250 is and the IQ is better. The 55-300 would be fine for almost all outdoor things and the 16-45 for the indoor activities. That would be my kit I think.
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ

scottthehat

Link Posted 20/01/2009 - 22:12
i love my 18-200mm tamron its the only lens i use, saves dust in camera and changing lenses and the pics are very good and sharp with nice colours, take a look at my portfolio pics.
just keep snapping,

http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/scottbenson

http://s727.photobucket.com/albums/ww272/scottthehat/


CAMERAS = k200d + battery grip.
nikon d300 + battery grip.
LENSES = tamron aspherical DII 18-200mm f3.5/6.3,
nikon 18-200mm afs vr f3.5/5.6 g dx
sigma 150-500mm apo dg hsm os
sigma 170-500mm apo dg
FLASH = samsung sef36pzf flash + more.
Last Edited by scottthehat on 20/01/2009 - 22:12

jackitec

Link Posted 20/01/2009 - 22:29
Hi Scott on my wish list is the Tamron 18-250 because it has the macro the Pentax doesn't and I think Tamron makes the Pentax lens.

scottthehat

Link Posted 20/01/2009 - 22:42
hi jack well if the 18-250 is as good as the 18-200 it will be a cracker.
tha macro does make a difference. and the extra 50mm would be nice.
just keep snapping,

http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/scottbenson

http://s727.photobucket.com/albums/ww272/scottthehat/


CAMERAS = k200d + battery grip.
nikon d300 + battery grip.
LENSES = tamron aspherical DII 18-200mm f3.5/6.3,
nikon 18-200mm afs vr f3.5/5.6 g dx
sigma 150-500mm apo dg hsm os
sigma 170-500mm apo dg
FLASH = samsung sef36pzf flash + more.
Last Edited by scottthehat on 20/01/2009 - 22:42

amilner

Link Posted 21/01/2009 - 10:41
Although the Pentax 18-250 does not call itself 'macro' it is the same as the Tamron and so the close focus is the same - which is to say pretty good - fills the frame with something 7cm long which is about 1:3 - and equivalent to 1:2 in 35mm terms. And the 18-250 is generally reckoned to be noticably better than the 18-200.
Tony Milner
Super A, ME Super, MZ6, K5II, Ricoh GR & lenses from 8-500mm
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rparmar

Link Posted 21/01/2009 - 13:43
Anvh wrote:
There is also an option for just 2 lenses, the kit lens or 16-45 with the DA 55-300. They both aren't heavy which the 18-250 is and the IQ is better. The 55-300 would be fine for almost all outdoor things and the 16-45 for the indoor activities. That would be my kit I think.

A good plan. Personally I could never limit myself to just two zoom lenses but if I did those would be the ones.

Ask yourself what sort of shots you will likely to take on holiday. If you are in a city you might need the wide end but otherwise not. If you are going to a zoo or expect wildlife you might need the long end, but otherwise not.

Depending on one's shooting style, and if IQ is your priority, a couple of primes might suit better. I find the combination of a 24mm and 77mm to be small, discrete, and fast. Combined they are tinier than a single zoom. Plus they look less threatening in venues that might otherwise raise a fuss.
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Gwyn

Link Posted 21/01/2009 - 13:52
The main reason I am tempted by the 18-250 is that last year on holiday I always had the wrong lens on the camera - so when we saw some eagles, I had the kit lens on, and by the time I'd changed lenses they were gone. S I hoped I might overcome this by using the Ds as a second body now I have the K20D but the Bill Payer is enjoying the Ds too much to give it back.

The Tamron 18-270 is only for Canikon at the moment as it has SR built in.

Anvh

Link Posted 21/01/2009 - 14:32
I totally forgot about the Limiteds, Robin. Those would certainly fit in every holiday bag

The 17-70 would be an ideal city lens so maybe that with the combination of the 55-300 would do the trick better since you got some overlapping in focal lenghts you wouldn't feel the need to switch lenses so much.

And Gwyn I stand corrected the 18-270 isn't out for the Pentax. Hopefully Pentax takes the design put a heavier SDM motor in it, I wouldn't mind if it would be a KAF3 mount
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ

GrahamNR17

Link Posted 21/01/2009 - 17:27
I'm not looking to replace my existing lenses, I just want one that I can stick on the camera and head off out with the dogs, the prime reason for the trip being to take the hounds for an afternoon out. thought that with a single superzoom and no gadget bag, I'd be travelling light but ready for most eventualities. With my three dogs, plus anything up to three foster dogs at any one time, I usually have my hands full (don't ask of what ) For photo-specific outings, I'll take along the Slingshot loaded up with my usual three lenses, spare batteries, etc etc. I called it a holiday lens, but not meaning literally.

I think I'm pretty convinced about the 18-250, I just need to add it to my shopping list, which will be after the K-m purchase, unless I can get a deal for the two.

Really appreciate everyone's input, thanks very much

See what I mean?


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