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Is 28-200 versatile enough as general purpose
I need a bit more range (on the tele side) than the Sony A350 kit lens (18-70) offers. I searched for tele lenses, and found a cheap tamron 28-200 for less than 100 bucks (for those interested, it's the Tamron 28-200 F/3.8-5.6XR for Sony/Minolta mount)..

Regardless of quality, is it versatile enough to leave attached all day? 28mm (42mm equiv) sounds a bit short on the wide end, but my compact P&S has a 38mm equiv minimum, and feels acceptable. Of course I will also carry the 18-70 for when I know I'll need wide angles, but what I want to know is whether there are many day-to-day situations where it's just not wide enough. Will I find myself switching (or wanting to switch) to the 18-70 all the time?.

Should I get a 70-200/70-300 instead (which practically ensures I'll have to switch every time I want to go between telephoto or wide-normal range)?.

And yes, I know I should get the 18-250. But let the bank-breakage from the camera body settle first ..

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It depends on what you want to shoot. Personally I take 90%+ of my photos in the 17-70mm range and only normally change to a longer lens when shooting wildlife, sports or the like..

With my style of shooting I would definitely not use a 28-200mm as a walkaround lens - I shoot far too many pictures wider than 28mm. However, I have a friend who uses a Canon 28-135mm lens as his walkaround lens on a Canon 1.6x crop factor camera.Chris R..

Comment #1

Qvantamon wrote:.

I need a bit more range (on the tele side) than the Sony A350 kitlens (18-70) offers. I searched for tele lenses, and found a cheaptamron 28-200 for less than 100 bucks (for those interested, it's theTamron 28-200 F/3.8-5.6XR for Sony/Minolta mount)..

I have no personal experience with this lens, but I have seen in these forums the adage: "the wider the range, the worse the lens"..

28 to 200 ... that's quite a wide range, and $100, even if it's a used lens, that's not much money at all..

But if sharpness isn't an important criteria for you ... maybe you'll be very happy with it. But just don't be sure that you've found "the miracle lens" that nobody else has yet discovered..

On the other hand, 28mm, it's not very wide, an the adage becomes even more true the farther down you go in terms of mm. I don't know how lenses are designed, but I think there are design reasons why one doesn't see many 15mm to 200mm lenses...

Comment #2

I'd be inclined to think that if it was a really good lens I'd get by with the lack of wide angle, but if it was only an average lens, I wouldn't put up with it....

Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com..

Comment #3

18-70mm is undoubtedly the most useful range for general use. I think you will find the 28-200mm too restrictive at the wide end and you will be switching back to the 18-70mm quite a lot..

Get the 28-200 by all means, but don't expect to use it as a walk around /all purpose lens. If you want a super zoom (although personally I wouldn't recommend them because the image quality will inevitably be a compromise) I would save your money until you can afford the tamron 18-250mm.

Confused of Malvern'The greatest fool can ask more than the wisest man can answer'..

Comment #4

Although I am not a pro, I was confronted with the same decision you are attempting to make now. I decided I did not want to carry multiple lenses around and went with an 18 - 200mm lens. On my camera this becomes a 28 - 300mm lens. For my type of shooting this works well..

Consider the following:.

1. A wide angle lens is brighter and will reduce the number of times you will need a flash. Usually they will produce a better picture. However, they often fall short of allowing you to get up close to the subject..

2. A zoom of 28 - 200mm will provide the opportunity to get a picture up close. However, this lens will be darker than a wide angle lens, which means you will probably need a flash more often..

Selecting a lens requires making trade-offs. This includes features, weight, cost, etc.... What you gain with one lens, or set of lenses vs what you lose with others. IMO the best you can hope for is to find a lense, or set of lenses, that is most compatible with your type of photography..

FINE PRINT: I reserve the right to be wrong. Should you prove me wrong, I reserve the right to change my mind...

Comment #5

Bill Randall wrote:.

1. A wide angle lens is brighter and will reduce the number of timesyou will need a flash. Usually they will produce a better picture.However, they often fall short of allowing you to get up close to thesubject..

2. A zoom of 28 - 200mm will provide the opportunity to get a pictureup close. However, this lens will be darker than a wide angle lens,which means you will probably need a flash more often..

The references to wide angle lenses being brighter/telephoto lenses darker is misconceived. I can only imagine that by 'brightness' you are referring to the maximum aperture of the lens - this has nothing directly to do with the focal length. It's true that it's easier to manufacture a fast (wide aperture) wide angle lens than a fast telephoto but that just means that fast telephotos are more expensive..

If you are using a slower lens, this doesn't imply that you will need flash more often - it simply means that you will need longer exposures. This will only be an issue in poor lighting situations and may mean that you cannot hand hold. Flash is one way to compensate for this but if you are using the long end of a telephoto zoom it's unlikely your flash will carry that far..

Confused of Malvern'The greatest fool can ask more than the wisest man can answer'..

Comment #6

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Comment #7

I used a 28-105 then 28-70 on the 7D and found that the lack of the wide end was often a problem for general "walk around" shooting. I'm much happier with the 18-70 on the D200...

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