Reviews and Problems with Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC
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Better price is available on Amazon
Amazon Customer, Amazon
7 November 2013
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.
Excerpt: Things that are great: one lens, many focal lengths. Less great, the longer focal lengths are not as good as the shorter ones. I was hoping to use it to shoot some events. It is only so-so at the longer lengths. I bought this to go with my NEX-7. This set is to be a lightweight sub for my big DSLR and lens.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, One Lens Does Most
Excerpt: i bought this lens two weeks ago for my NEX7. i have experience with a few lenes from different manufacturers (zooms & primes), but never had a super-zoom before. i needed a travel lens and the Tamron 18-200 seemed the best choise for size, quality and price. i also have very good experience with Tamron 17-50 but didn't expect the same IQ.The bottom line is that the 18-200 has much better optics than i expected.
Pros: Efficient stabilizer, Huge Range, No lens creep, Sharp, Silent AF, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I bought this in conjunction with a NEX-7 body. I've used Tamron lenses before and like them as a more affordable option to propritary lenses. My only complaint is the focus creaps sometimes when fully-zoomed. Aside from that, it's a good walk-around lens.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I have a Sony Nex 5N. The 18-55mm lens is good for local photography but not for distant stuff eg events like airshows etc. In these circumstances the 18-200mm lens is great. The wide zoom range makes it easy to locate moving objects with wide angle before zooming in with telephoto. It is portable and powerful. The stabilizer works well and detail / definition of the photos is great. It is a little too big for everyday use.
Excerpt: So far I'm loving this lens, which I use as my "walk(ski)around lens on a new NEX-7. I haven't done any formal tests, but it seems to be sharp throughout the range. This combo is very light and responsive for my hiking and skiing adventures in the back-country of Washington's Cascade Range where I spend a lot of my free time.
Excerpt: I bought this lens for my Nex 5N. I have a dslr camera and have used other super zoom lenses before, so I had reasonable expectations. In certain lighting situations there is "purple fringing", but that is corrected in my photo software. The image quality is very good and I'm quite satisfied with it. There is a known issue with this lens not doing well with the sweep panorama mode...the panoramas are quite blurry.
Summary: I picked the Tamron lens after renting it and the Sony OSS to try out. I ended up choosing the Tamron. For me the major reason was the faster automatic focusing. When turned on you can actually see it working through the lens. You can also see the VC working. Others who shoot video may want to use the "Sony's OSS lens" because of the slower focusing. Image quality is just as good if not better than the "named" brand.