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 Post subject: Tamron 18-250mm
PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:47 am 
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Hi all
Any thoughts to the older Tamron 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DI II IF Macro?
Is it worth spending the extra and getting the latest 18-270mm version?
Is there a big improvement in IQ?
This would be on a Nikon DSLR.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:47 am 
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Come on, a bit of own research. We arent your Google!
Here's two links though where you could compare those:
http://lenstip.com/lenses_reviews.html
http://www.the-digital-picture.com

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:39 am 
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Hello
Fair comment, i have been looking at a number of reviews.
Just would be good to talk to someone who actually owns one or the other with real world usage of it.
Ive joined a couple of flickr groups to see what results people get,
i just respect people's opinons on here.
Will check those 2 links out, not come across those yet..
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 Post subject: Went for it...
PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:43 pm 
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Got one in the end S/H.
Its better than what i was expecting. Its a bargain really for the money, not the sharpest and a bit of CA going on but for a walk about lens that doesn't matter to much you can't go far wrong.
I found the extra focal range much more usable than the 18-105mm but im sure the Nikon lens will be much better IQ all round.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:00 pm 
which one did u end up getting???

I am wanting to buy a walk around lens and looking at Tamron ones...


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:58 pm 
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Hi
I went for the 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DI II IF Macro, S/H on Ebay.
To be honest i didn't expect to get very good results with it but its been a pleasant surprise.
Tweak the picture settings on the camera and you get very good results, i use mine on a D90. I have stored settings now for all the lenses i attach to make it easy.
Quite a bit of distortion on the wide end but nothing that can't be fixed if your that bothered about it.
I've found it very useful and has been on the camera for weeks now, i really like the focal range it gives you.
I only take it off when im out to put a 500mm mirror lens on if im on a wildlife mission, but its good for that anyway if your fairly close.
Auto focus can be pretty rubbish if you catch it out, but pre-focus on something close to where you need to be and its fine.
You can always go manual :). Also you can lock the zoom at the wide end as it will creep other wise.
I think if your on a budget and need this sort of focal range its a pretty good option. They do a newer 18-270mm but i don't know what that's like.
Here's a few pics taken with the Tamron, they have been through Photoshop but nothing too tweaked.


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