Possible misprice Jessops Pentax 50-200mm f/4-5.6 DA ED Lens


iceblinker

Link Posted 30/01/2009 - 23:30
Are you going to take the opporunity of buying a new K20D for £405 (net cost after cashback and selling 18-55 II lens)? Or £480 if keeping the lens.

What else comes close for that money?
~Pete
Last Edited by iceblinker on 31/01/2009 - 00:10

womble

Link Posted 31/01/2009 - 00:20
I have had the Tamron for eight days now and not one chance to use it in anger so to speak. I am hoping to either go walking or go to Cambridge tomorrow to give my 40 quid lens a go. Just snapping things across the kitchen hand held and in poor light it seems quite sharp.

Best wishes, Kris.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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hefty1

Link Posted 31/01/2009 - 00:31
I don't think sharpness is the problem (it's not on mine) and even the CA is bearable to my eyes; I just find it too fussy and I like to actually enjoy using my equipment - the Tamron just has a tendancy to make me swear. A lot.
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womble

Link Posted 31/01/2009 - 00:46
It has a few annoying aspects but for 40 quid I shan't complain. I'd rather have a 300mm star prime but any of those is going to cost me quite a bit more.

Best wishes, Kris.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website
Last Edited by womble on 31/01/2009 - 00:46

hefty1

Link Posted 31/01/2009 - 00:55
True enough, and I don't do enough long tele work to justify forking out on anything more expensive myself either. I must admit I'm rarely disappointed with the Tamron's results - not for the money anyway and I paid an astronomical 90 quid for mine!
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smc

Link Posted 04/02/2009 - 21:54
Got confirmation that the Tammy is on its way from Jessops. Apparently, they have bought enought lenses to fill the cancelled orders for the Pentax 50-200. If anyone wants the Tamron, give Jessops a call.

ale_k200

Link Posted 05/02/2009 - 15:57
GOT IT!! GOT IT!!
After 2 months..

F*** JESSOPS. no more again!

hefty1

Link Posted 05/02/2009 - 16:06
Is it the Pentax or the Tamron you've got?
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ale_k200

Link Posted 05/02/2009 - 16:10
order a pentax but got a bloody tamron..
cant wait the w.e to play with it..

missmarple

Link Posted 17/02/2009 - 17:54
I thought this thread was dead, but I have this very day, been offered a Tamron as a replacement.I was more than happy to accept.If you thought you had been forgotten about, there is still hope.

Good luck mm

abigdoob

Link Posted 17/02/2009 - 18:12
3 weeks ago I was promised that one was to be sent to me. Last week I rang them to found out where it was, and was told that they wouldn't supply at the original price I paid, but that they'd check & someone would call me back.
I'm still waiting.

misiek_knm

Link Posted 18/02/2009 - 00:00
mm, I've got the same email today Asked them if possible to choose another Tamron instead (paying the price difference) - it was possible, but, well... after discount they are still not competitive. I think I'll take the 70-300mm they offered, play around with and will see if I will keep it. At least I'll have 1:2 'almost' macro
Kind regards,
Michal R. Hoffmann
K20D, DA 16-45mm, A 50mm F/1:1.4, DA 55-300mm; flash Pentax AF240Z

petercf

Link Posted 27/02/2009 - 00:05
Does this thread have the most views on the forum?
Digital: K20D+D-BG2 Grip, K10D+D-BG2 Grip, DA* 300 F4, DA* 50-135 F2.8, DA* 16-50 F2.8, DA 17-70 F4, DA 50-200, FA 100-300, AF540FGZ, F Remote release
Analogue: KM, 200mm M,135mm M, K 2x Conv, 28-80mm A, 55mm M, 28mm M, Vivitar 283
Other: Sony PC Digicam,2x Conv,0.7x Sea&Sea wide conv,Sea&Sea Underwater housing, GreenForce 2 x 50W HID lights + double capacity battery, Fujitsu F31 and Underwater housing, Nikon 7900+Underwater Housing

misiek_knm

Link Posted 03/03/2009 - 23:25
Just got the Tamron today (and I lost faith long time ago)
And must admit it is quite a nice lens but... Comparing to my Pentax DA 55-300mm it is much less comfortable.
1) The zoom is extremely stiff comparing to Pentax
2) Focus ring: Cannot be used if not in manual mode. Now I really appreciate Quick-shift in Pentax - I got it for granted and now see how brilliant it is. Focus ring is also stiffer in Tamron.
3) Lens hood: you have to be careful mounting the hood on Tamron as it's mounted onto the moving part; so force applied is on the focusing mechanism.
4) Seems that it hunts for the focus more than Pentax and is a tad slower
5) Macro is just 1:2 and works only in 180-300mm range. Switching back Macro to Normal is also limited - the focal length has to be at least 95 cm (as far as I remember).
Apart of that the lens is quite nice - haven't had any chance to test it outdoor as it was too dark already. Probably will on the weekend. But... I already know that I really prefer DA 55-300mm
Kind regards,
Michal R. Hoffmann
K20D, DA 16-45mm, A 50mm F/1:1.4, DA 55-300mm; flash Pentax AF240Z

Biljman

Link Posted 16/03/2009 - 11:11
Finally got mine Pentax 50-200 on Sat 14 March (ordered 19 Dec 08 ) and it was worth of waiting. Spent whole day yesterday in Greewich - probably the sunniest Sunday in March ever - end what to say, the lens is GREAT! It is very light, not bulky like my Tamron 70-300 (£69), photos are superb, on such a bright day very, very fast, excellent focusing, grat colors... On the way back took some night shots using tripod and was good. Still can not belive it was only £29.33 . I did not call them, did not write them, Jessops just simply sent text message - come to our store to collect the lens. Amazing
Last Edited by Biljman on 16/03/2009 - 11:14
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