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Thread: Recommend me a Travel lens : Pentax 18-135 or Tamron 18-200

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    Default Re: Recommend me a Travel lens : Pentax 18-135 or Tamron 18-200

    Hi and welcome to the Pentax club

    I have the tamron 18-200mm lens and use it for the same reason you mentioned- travelling.

    This is my take on which lens to buy:

    I think 135mm(200mm in 35mm format) is not bad focusing range, but once you try the longer lenses, you won't want to go back to 135mm unless there is something special about the 18-135mm, such as an amazing f stop, like f2.8 or larger, which, imho, is unlikely.

    This leaves the choice between Tamron 18-200mm and 18-250mm lenses. If you have the money, go for 18-250mm. If you want to save $200, buy the 18-200mm lens instead of the 18-250mm. Having said that, need to wait and see the price of the Pentax 18-135mm lens. Maybe it'll be cheaper than both Tamrons (though unlikely!)

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    Default Re: Recommend me a Travel lens : Pentax 18-135 or Tamron 18-200

    I am facing the same question as the TS. Drop by at SLR and Bally yesterday. This is what was quoted:

    Tamron 18-250 $589/$549
    Pentax 18-135 $749/$749

    How is the Tamron's IQ at the max end? Would the shorter Pentax IQ compensate for the longer Tamron focusing range?

  3. #23

    Default Re: Recommend me a Travel lens : Pentax 18-135 or Tamron 18-200

    Okie... I'd just came back from Desaru trip so I will give mine 2cents layman's opinion

    Last year I took the Pentax 18-250mm to pair with K-x to Bali.... most of day shots are ok/editable or so-so which I can keep for memory sake but the night shots are quite bad and I would say ... it failed me

    Last Thursday (16-Dec-10), I took my family to Desaru for holiday and at same time with only the 18-55mm WR kit lens to test my newly acquired K-5. It is more than sufficient and I managed to get plenty of nice shots... even in dimly lit place like beach BBQ functions.

    I can only say that long range lenses are not good for dim lit subjects.... just make sure you have a decent prime lens to back you up...

    cheers,
    Ben

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