Summary: This lens works great for all general purpose pics. With one kid in sports and another learning how to walk, I needed a good lens that could take telephoto shots while also allowing me to take portraits and close ups with having to change lenses all the time. This lens does just that. It is a little bigger than the stock lens, but it appears to be a slightly bit smaller than the Sony 18-200mm lens.
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.
Excerpt: I am not an expert photographer by any means; I know just enough to get by. I recently returned from a vacation trip to the Grand Canyon and although I took several other lenses, I found myself using this one pretty much exclusively. The convenience of the zoom means everything when you want to photograph everything!
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Excerpt: I bought this as a travel lens. I hate changing lenses when on vacation. I have used several Tamron lenses in the past and they have been great. Quality control is good and I have never been disappointed. I currently use two Tamron lenses on my Nikon D700 and this lens has similar high quality. Autofocus at 200 mm is not ery fast but I think that is a function of the Sony autofocus system not the lens.
Excerpt: Super super nice - do not get a NEX body with a kit the 18-55 mm lens - get this lens. It is slightly longer than the kit lens retractet and it is not that heavy - it is slightly narrower then the Sony silver 70-200 so it suits the body better - it is also in black - it is a nicer lens then the black Sony 70-200 e-mount which is even more money.I compared all 3 lenses - it was a toss between the older silver Sony and the Tamron as far as speed and quality and use - but...
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Good lens, great glass and producing super photos in my outdoor photography
8 August 2012
Summary: I am using this lens on an NEX7 with great results, I will be selling my Konica 80-200 now as it is manuel focus and about twice as heavy as the Tamron. I will say though the manual focus on the Tamron at 200mm is a bit soft compaird to razar sharp on the Konica. anyway I'm happy with this purchas: Larry. NOTE: Had to send lens to Tamron Canada to remove a spot of oil on inside of front lens. The spot just appered while shooting wildlife on the so.TX. coast.