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What would be the recommendation on the TAMRON LENS AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 LD ASPHERICAL (IF)MARCO. Will highly appreciate recommendation on this lens. THANKS.

Vision through the lense..

Comments (11)

I have not used the lens. I think that any lens that has that wide a range of focal lengths will be a serious compromise in image quality even if it was VERY expensive. If it is cheap too, you must understand that image quality will be below average throughout many parts of that range..

It is also quite slow..

My personal preference is to avoid the "all purpose" lenses. One of the main advantages of DSLRs is to be able to use different lenses that are much better suited to specific purposes than the generalized lenses on P&S cameras. Don't throw that advantage away by trying to get one lens to do everything poorly, rather than 2 or three lenses that do specific things very well..

Nothing is enough for the man to whom nothing is enough...

Comment #1

Aletheia wrote:.

I have not used the lens. I think that any lens that has that wide arange of focal lengths will be a serious compromise in image qualityeven if it was VERY expensive. If it is cheap too, you mustunderstand that image quality will be below average throughout manyparts of that range..

It is also quite slow..

My personal preference is to avoid the "all purpose" lenses. One ofthe main advantages of DSLRs is to be able to use different lensesthat are much better suited to specific purposes than the generalizedlenses on P&S cameras. Don't throw that advantage away by trying toget one lens to do everything poorly, rather than 2 or three lensesthat do specific things very well..

Nothing is enough for the man to whom nothing is enough..

While the general principles you cite are valid, you should probably defer to people who have actually used a lens before offering up comments on it. I have it and use it quite successfully for travel and backpacking where weight and bulk are significant considerations. It has been evaluated quite favorably in both bench and field tests by photozone and other reviewers, and a search of this site will reveal many favorable comments from other users..

That said, Aletheia is correct in noting that there are trade-offs when the focal length range is extended. Tamron has done a notably good job a minimizing those in this lens, but no one would claim it is the equivalent of a good quality prime lens nor a top quality, shorter-range zoom. it does, however, fit solidly in the mid-range of image quality of the many lenses that cover portions of it's range, which is a significant acheivement..

So the best answer comes down to your intended purpose for the lens and your budget. If weight and packability are not significant factors and budget is not an issue, you would be better served to buy several top-quality zooms to cover that range. But even if you have (or can assemble) a stable of high-end lenses, the Tamron would be good to have around for situations where covering the most-used range of focal lengths with one compact and lightweight lens of quite good image quality is the best choice for the situation..

Dave.

Http://www.pbase.com/dsjtecserv..

Comment #2

Whilst the above comments are generally truethis Tamron could well be an exception.I have two friends who have this lens and it is an absolute cracker.Yes there are some compromises at the extreme ends but most non pros wont even notice.Quite a few people have discussed it very favourably on the Digital Darkroom site but I cant find a link.I dont have one but would very seriously consider buying one as a do it all walkabout holiday lens.PJT..

Comment #3

There are a lot of good reviews of this lens and all that's been said so far in this thread is probably accurate. My copy of the lens is on the camera most of the time and does a fine job. These are 2 examples..

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Comment #4

Nothing wrong with the lens at all. Considering it's overall zoom factor is does remarkably well. If you are not printing larger than 8x10 you should be more than happy with it and the flexibility it affords. I shoot with it on my Nikon D300 and use the 28-300 on my D3 when shooting outdoor soccer because of the flexibility it gives me to cover the whole field. Granted... it does get a little soft on the long end and is not at it's best at it's shortest, but when you need or want to be able to go from one extreme to the other without having to change lenses (and potentially missing a shot) it can be a godsend.

When I want shallow depth of field or the last 10% I will switch to my better glass, but for convenience and value the Tamron is a jack of all trades and master of none...

Comment #5

I have been using the 40D and the Tamron 18-250 since December 2007. I have found the lens/camera combination to be an extremely good choice. Not only am I happy with the images it captures, but with the flexiblity it affords by being almost a wide angle and a relatively long zoom. I have printed 8X10 photos and am quite impressed. I have also seen 13x19 photos taken with the camera that are exceptional..

Just because it isn't a multi-thousand dollar lens doesn't mean it doesn't do the job..

Go get it. You won't be sorry. That's my opinion...

Comment #6

There is reviews of this lens athttp://www.Photozone.de in several mounts..

You can find this lens (or the 18-200 version) rebranded for pentax too...

Comment #7

By pretty much all accounts the Tamron 18-250 is the "king" of the superzooms. It certainly won't match a prime or expensive glass but many users find it extremely useful. Just do a search on Google for "Tamron 18-250" & you'll be swamped by information !!.

Simon.

Http://www.landscapephotographyuk.com/.

North Wales photographs - Snowdonia & Anglesey..

Comment #8

Not exactly this one, but I have a 18-200 Tamron, never use it..

It is the worst lens I have ever had, slow (which I should know before buying), and not sharp at all. It makes no sense to mount it on any DSLR (Canon in my case), results are comparable to a cheap P&S..

I almost thought there is something wrong with that particular lens, bought it new in the US, I live in Toronto, never bothered to do anything about it.Rgds..

Comment #9

Marcamera wrote:.

Not exactly this one, but I have a 18-200 Tamron, never use it.It is the worst lens I have ever had, slow (which I should knowbefore buying), and not sharp at all. It makes no sense to mount iton any DSLR (Canon in my case), results are comparable to a cheap P&S.I almost thought there is something wrong with that particular lens,bought it new in the US, I live in Toronto, never bothered to doanything about it.Rgds.

Tamron and Sigma I only buy from local shops with a good return policy. With there consumer lens lines I find significant sample variation. I have had to return two Tamrons to get a good (third) sample. I was amazed at the difference. BUT... when I do get a good one, it is great and with a 6 yr warranty I cant complain...

Comment #10

Wchp wrote:.

Marcamera wrote:.

Not exactly this one, but I have a 18-200 Tamron, never use it.It is the worst lens I have ever had, slow (which I should knowbefore buying), and not sharp at all. It makes no sense to mount iton any DSLR (Canon in my case), results are comparable to a cheap P&S.I almost thought there is something wrong with that particular lens,bought it new in the US, I live in Toronto, never bothered to doanything about it.Rgds.

Tamron and Sigma I only buy from local shops with a good returnpolicy. With there consumer lens lines I find significant samplevariation. I have had to return two Tamrons to get a good (third)sample. I was amazed at the difference. BUT... when I do get a goodone, it is great and with a 6 yr warranty I cant complain..

I guess that's what I should have done, replace it or repair it..

Since then, though , I bought a number of L lenses and Tamron sits there pretty much useless, regardless of whether it is good or not..

It is 3 yrs old, this summer, I thought that I would use in challenging environments, but never did.Rgds..

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