Reviews and Problems with Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC
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Too large for small camera
Page Simon, Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: I have no comments about the quality of the images, but I found the weight of the lens to be very awkward and, for me, unusable with my small, light Sony a6000. I returned the lens (thank you, Amazon). Others have found it usable with small cameras; I guess it is just a matter of taste.
Excerpt: I bought this hoping to replace my canon 70-200 f/4L lens. Great for my wife and as an all around lens but if you expect great telephoto pictures don't waste time on this lens. Simply not sharp and very poor results.
Summary: I will classify it as an OK lens. It costs $720-740 It is not for a super good shots. I bought it for my Sony alpha 7R camera. The lens at 200 mm give soft edges of shots. Sony 55-200 mm lens produce a perfect result compared to this one. at 18 mm-100 mm range, you do not get soft edges. Because of soft edges at 200 mm, I gave it 2 stars. If you are into a serious wild life or distant objects photography, it is not the lens for you.
Summary: I actually ordered this for my Sony A7 full frame knowing that I could use it in the APS-C mode. All functions work properly and it's a nice lens. I find it a bit soft at the telephoto end, even stopped down, and I've noticed that focus is slow (or doesn't work) in low or even dim light. It also seems to indicate that it got a focus lock at distances just inside the minimum focusing distance, meaning you think you got focus but you really didn't.
Summary: I tried to register this lens on the Tamron USA site and got an error code w/ the serial code provided on a piece of paper. No serial code was on the lens itself. No paperwork came with the lens. No booklet etc. The seller (D-Solution) claimed I could not get the six year warranty from Tamron because it was a grey market lens from Korea. He suggested I buy a year of expensive drop and break insurance from him.
Summary: The quality of the pictures are the same as the Sony lenses. Reason for the 5 stars is that you can carry a single lens to cover the 18-200mm range. Decently weighted to give you a solid feel. Unlike Sony lenses, when zooming the lend had a very rough feel to it. Could be a con for dinner people. Compared to the Sony kit lens (18-50 mm), when switching on the camera, the camera takes a slightly longer time to start up.
Summary: This lens is very sharp. The vibration compensation works very well. I'm very happy with this lens. I use it most of the time with my camera. Update 7/19/2014 This is my go-to lens. It has been used on these Sony Alpha Mirrorless Interchangable-Lens Cameras: NEX-5R, NEX-6, NEX-7, A6000 (ILCE-6000). I've owned it for 16 months and have no complaints whatsoever.
Summary: I have an NEX-5N and -6 and am considering this lens. But only 4 stars here for the price. It seems the identical lens is available on Amazon for about 120 bucks less. (I'm on mobile and can't add a link, but search for this same item at 590 dollars. It ships from Japan.) Edit: I just ordered it. Shipping from Japan is about 14 bucks for 2-4 weeks delivery. But for only 5 bucks more it's "2-3 days." Wow! OK, this is very weird.
Summary: Works for half hour on my Nex-6 then got an error message saying the camera couldn't recognize the lens. Manual and auto focus modes were both glitchy too. Clarity was okay, but kit lens was still better.