Reviews and Problems with Tamron AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD
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You get what you pay for.
9 December 2013
Summary: I purchased the Tamron lens because I desired more options than my Canon 18mm-55mm lens provided. I looked at several lens options including Canon, but for the price the Tamron seemed the better buy. The 18-200mm allows me more flexibility in zooming in less accessible objects though so far I dislike what appears to be a picture clarity not seen with my previous Canon lenses which had stabilization control built in.
Summary: Good lense for amatuer use, but I would not recommend it for professional use. Not as sharp as Nikon lenses and I am dissappointed with the distortion as compared to same focal length lenses manufactured by Nikon. Only non-Nikon lense I have purchased and I regret not spending more and getting the Nikon lense. The lense creep is also frustrating!
Summary: I used the lens for the first time on a trip to Israel where I was happy to have the usefulness of an 18-200mm lens rather than having to switch lenses often. The major problem I had with the lens is that it wouldn't lock into position when I was trying to use the autofocus and the shutter wouldn't depress. This happened many times and I lost many shots.