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Tamron 18-200mm Lens Review

Tamron 18-200mm: On the 18 to 200-millimeter f3 point five to six-point three-d i2 v.c, it’s a superzoom lens for app-c digital SLR cameras. Which comes in at the astonishingly low price of only 179 pounds or 250 US dollars for a brand new Tamron 18-200mm lens. such a huge soon range as well as image stabilization. that really is a very low price indeed presumably. this new lens is meant to be a smaller and much less expensive, alternative to command own 16 to the 300-millimeter lens. don’t mix it up with air 18 to 200 millimeter di3 bc lens. which is more expensive and designed for smaller mirrorless cameras. if you own a digital SLR camera. Not a mirrorless camera, then you want this newer mark lens.


Tamron 18-200mm lens zoom range of 18 to 200-millimeter covers. a fairly wide-angle to long telephoto focal length, which makes it a handy all-in-one lens, useful for traveling in case anyone’s interested to know here’s .what the picture looks like if you use it on a full-frame camera obviously it’s much happier at home. On a smaller aps-c sensor but lenses with huge zoom ranges often have weaker picture quality as well as a dark maximum aperture. They don’t let in much light this Timon then starts at F 3.5 at.

The wide-angle end and darkens to a rather narrow F 6.3 as. you zoom in as you can see here thankfully this new lens has image stabilization. which Tamron calls VC which will help you to get sharper pictures. Here’s some video footage without stabilization. Here it is turned on as you can see it holds, your image very still and it works. however, as you pan and move around the stabilization. Becomes quite jerky which isn’t great news.

Tamron lens handling

 If you’re trying to get some nice handheld video footage. well, let’s look a bit more at its build quality despite. It’s very low price the lens feels solid enough to handle, it’s relatively light and not very big, it’s built on an interesting lens mount which seems to be half plastic and half metal. as you can see here there is however a rubber gasket around the lens. the amount which gives you an extra level of weather sealing. The lenses rubberized zoom ring is not particularly smooth.

Its resistance gets a little stronger and lighter at the various point but it works well enough. There is a zoom lock switch in case the mechanism gets looser over time the lenses focus ring lies at the front end. it actually turns more smoothly than the zoom ring with hard stops at either only travels about thirty degrees, at the most that’s one of the most emphasis focus rings. I’ve ever used so focusing manually is not easy with this lens also you should.

 only turn the focus ring when the Tamron 18-200mm lens, is set to manual focus otherwise, you could damage the focus motor both, The zoom and focus rings turn the same way as makan lenses do and the opposite way to canons lenses. So some Canon users will just have to get used to that the lenses. autofocus mechanism uses an old-fashioned DC motor but in fairness.

 It is pretty much the quietest, I’ve ever tested which is good news,  you can see it works at quite an average speed. its accuracy during testing was reasonably good but then again that’s not a hard Fenne aps-c camera lens. A dark maximum aperture here you can see the lens, autofocusing in the video mode, unfortunately, the internal microphone of the camera picks up quite a bit of noise from the lens focus mechanism. it comes with a free lens hood, that clips on quite securely and an impressive 5-year warranty from Timon the whole package.

 It is not too bad and on the whole, you get a decent enough lens for your money here, it’s quite good-looking as well the only major black mark. is that imprecise manual focus ring, it’s still workable enough if used with care let’s take a look now at image quality. I’ll be testing the lens on a camera with one of the canons venerable 18-megapixel sensors. the Canon 100 D really fun little camera to use, by the way, let’s start at 18 millimeters with the aperture wide open at F 3.5 in the middle of the image. the lens is averagely sharp with neutral colors and good contrast over in the corners.

The lenses pretty soft at F 3.5 stop the aperture down to F 5.6 for considerably more sharpness and brightness, in note corners although some green and pink chromatic aberration, becomes apparent on contrasting edges image quality in the middle though is great at F 5.6 stopped down to f/8 for another improvement. in the middle and back in the corners although that colourful chromatic aberration.

It is still quite apparent so it’s rather an average performance at 18 millimeters let’s zoom in now, halfway to 100 millimeters at the new maximum aperture of F 5.6 the image. is a little soft in the middle of the picture and slightly softer again in the corners, stop down the aperture to f/8 for the slight improvement in a corner but the unacceptably sharp picture in the middle of the image frame, nothing special here really although at 100 millimeters.

There is a little less chromatic aberration finally let’s zoom, in all the way to 200 millimeters at F 6.3 the picture quality is noticeably soft in the middle of the image. the corners of the image are very soft indeed with strong green and pink chromatic aberration. what a shame stop down to f/8 for a slight improvement in those corners and acceptable image quality. in the middle of the image, the frame stops all the way down to f11 for good quality.

 in the middle and a somewhat clearer picture again in those corners. if you were to stop the aperture down any more than, this though the picture would start getting softer again, due to the physical effect of diffraction overall. I was pretty disappointed by this Tamron only offers the kind of image quality, we were seeing on super zoom lenses 15 years ago. it’s simply not a sharp lens and its problems with chromatic aberration.

 only make things worse weak in terms of distortion and vignetting the lens performs quite averagely at its widest angle. we see strong barrel distortion and some darkness in the corners at F 3.5 stop down to err 5.6 though for more brightness in those corners. when you zoom into 30 millimeters the distortion straightens out and when you zoom, in a bit further it flips into pincushion distortion at 200 millimeters the pincushion distortion is strong.

 we see some pretty dark corners here too until we stop the aperture down to f/8 so. it’s your typical super zoom lens rollercoaster a vignette again distortion here nothing out of the ordinary. I’m afraid the lens, can focus as closely as 50 centimeters from your subject not as close as some other super zoom lenses but not bad either. you can get quite close if you zoom in, unfortunately, the lenses close-up image quality is poor producing some extremely soft images. at F six point three stop the up to down to f/8 for slightly better quality and Stan at f11.

 You can get a sharp image, so if you’re planning on shooting close-up with this lens, stop down your aperture let’s take a look at how the lens works against bright light, it’s not really a great performance,you can see quite a bit of flare, A bit of loss of contrast when very bright light come into your picture frame, not a very good performance.

 I have seen worse than this finally let’s look at the quality of these lenses, bokeh or the out-of-focus background at wide angles. you can’t really get a very out of focus background but they do look a little busy and unattractive, the good news is that as you zoom in the bokeh starts to look very nice and smooth overall. I was pretty disappointed with this Newton on an 18 to the 200-millimeter lens. it’s a very low price is impressive and its build quality is nice enough. the image quality didn’t quite make it to the party.

 I think that even beginner photographers will find to themselves wanting more, I’d recommend saving up a bit more money for their Sigma 18 to 200 millimeter C lens, canons very nice eighteen to one hundred and thirty-five millimeter STM. if you’re looking for a smaller super zoom lens they are both noticeably sharper lenses. The Canon lens has the lovely build quality, I would avoid this particular Tam on the lens.

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