17-70mm lens (Pentax or Tamron advice please)

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Thomas_St New Member • Posts: 3
Re: 17-70mm lens (Pentax or Tamron advice please)

Stephen_H wrote:

Thomas_St wrote:

Why not going for the Pentax HD DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR?

I think it's the sharper lens, you get 15mm more on the longer side of the zoom range and you may also like weather resistance.

I have the Pentax SMC DA 17-70mm f/4 AL [IF] SDM, I'm not really unhappy, but there's definitely room for improvement.

Money... it's literally twice the price.

I'm already getting an extra 15mm over the kit lens. If that doesn't satisfy, a further 30mm won't either. At this length & price, I feel like I'm drifting into another lens category.

Interesting, I just checked price for both lenses on amazon.de:

HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6ED DC WR: 523,72 €
Pentax SMC-DA 17-70mm / f4,0 (IF) SDM: 548,75 €
So, at least in Germany  they cost almost the same, the 16-85 is even a bit less expensive...

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