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05-08-2007, 11:11 AM   #1
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What are your opinions on the Tamron AF 18-200 mm F3.5 - F6.3 Di-II?

Again, I'm a beginner and looking towards investing in my first lens after the kit lens, and thought for a good walking around lens this would be a good all around lens with some added focal length for when I want it.

I'm just learning right now but I'm usually outdoors and am looking for the best bang for my buck, my primary considerations are that I want to carry as few lenses as possible (for weight and space considerations), I want a fairly long lens but I also like to be able to do close ups. So basically I want a lens that will do everything that I could possibly want to do including take the picture and frame it...

My original idea was to get a Sigma 17-70 and then a 70-200 or 300 APO, in my mind it solved my issues for a reasonable price but the Tamron seems to be well regarded and could solve my issues with one lens as opposed to two.

What does everyone here think?

05-09-2007, 02:33 PM   #2
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Typically, most people don't like super zooms. However, I have a Tamron 28-300 and really like it. It all depends on how you plan to use it. If you only look at the images full screen (NOT 100% resolution, but full screen), or you print 8x10 or less (maybe even 11x14), then I submit that any shortcomings with the lens won't be noticed.

If you crop a lot (same as enlarging the image to 100% resolution, or printing larger than 8x10), then you might notice some softness or some purple fringing. (BTW, purple fringing can be easily fixed in software after the fact.)

For my uses, I stay within that "comfort zone" with pretty much all my lenses, so the 28-300 becomes a very convenient travel zoom for me. Your mileage may very, as they say.

Tamron has a new lens (18-250) coming out now that gets really good reviews (compared to the 18-200) in Popular Photography. The review is online now so you can read it for yourself.

Hope this helps.
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I'm also in the same boat. My dilemma is that I like wide angles and long lenses. Landscapes and I would like to get birds and animals AND insects:-). So I ordered the Sigma 70-300 APO DG Macro this morning. After buying the camera I just don't have the funds to get a more expensive lens at this time. Especially since I needed a spare battery and another SD card etc etc. I don't mind hauling a couple of lenses around and I'm hoping this Sigma will compliment the DA 18-55 kit lens. Later, I hope to get something in the 12mm range for my wide-angle.Hmmmm 12-20mm zoom...........
Oh yeah, I may be still a newbie to this great forum, but I'm no newbie to buying addictions, lol, and I'm beginning to recognize just how serious this one could be:-).
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QuoteOriginally posted by rfortson Quote
Tamron has a new lens (18-250) coming out now that gets really good reviews (compared to the 18-200) in Popular Photography. The review is online now so you can read it for yourself.

Hope this helps.
Hi rfortson,

I'm new to this forum, I agree with you, the review of the 18-250 looks very good, but very low supply for Pentax mount, a few sites carry that but on back order, I found 1 earlier today, so I called to check on the supply, she said there is only 1 avail. So I ordered it, hoping that the order went through OK..... Not one of those.... Oppps.. Back order...

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According to PopPhoto, the 18-200 is rated very highly... but I guess that is to be taken with "superzoom" grain of salt?
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QuoteOriginally posted by thrice Quote
According to PopPhoto, the 18-200 is rated very highly... but I guess that is to be taken with "superzoom" grain of salt?
In PopPhoto's test of the lens, they said "These numbers are also noticeably better than the 18-200mm. "
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Here's a review of the Tamron 18-250 on an A100 body.

The reviewer seems impressed with it's optical qualities.

Tamron 18-250mm zoom

This is the third review that I've seen that praises this lens.
05-13-2007, 02:53 PM   #8
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Thrice,

I have the Tamron 18-200 and I have to say that I love it as a lens to carry on my camera for everyday use. To me this is one of those lenses you just can't go wrong with.

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Having the Sigma 18-125 and the 18-55 Kit-lens I don't find any reason not to get a superzoom - if you prefer not to use the long end that much.
That's one bad thing about these lenses. Otherwise I'd prefer a special tele zoom lens.
After having tested the Sigma APO I stayed with the Tamron 70-300 DI which I found to be really better at the long end (and it has a macro 1:2 too - not for 'real' macro work but for some macro shoots when hiking and the macro lens staying at home).

I compared this lens with the Tamron 28-300 DI and again found the long end to be not only less sharp but also a lot shorter at 300 than the 70-300!
Looks like the 28-300 is more like a 30-270mm-lens.....

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I have used it with my K-7 for backpacking for two and a half years and have found it excellent for that purpose. It is lighter than most alternatives and has served me well.
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