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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 2:10 am 
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I'm thinking Tamron 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 VC.
Have no idea if it's a good lens or should I look somewhere else?


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I am thinking 17-50 Tamron 2.8. :P

What do you currently have?

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Depends what you are looking for, I like superzooms, but you've got to bear in mind its not as sharp say a 17-55 f2.8 type lens.

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As a previous owner of the 18-270, it is not a bad lens for what it is, but of course you will get better quality if you get multiple lenses covering the same range. Over the 18-50mm range it is about as sharp as the others in the middle, although it does degrade more in the corners. Trading off that, of course you get a massive zoom range. Personally once you get to 200mm+ on that lens it does lose sharpness.

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Tamron makes quite decent glass, and some quite knowledgeable people say their vibration control is as good or better than the big boys' versions. Lens creep can be a bother, if the camera is oriented vertically, but that is true of all superzoom SLR lenses, including Nikkor and Canon. My wife and I have personal experience with pre-VC Tamron 18-200mm lenses on Nikon and Canon cameras. She likes the superzoom concept; I do not. She accepts lens creep and sharpness compromises at each end of the focal range in exchange for not ever having to swap lenses in the field.

True, there is a latch to prevent creep, but it only latches at the 18mm setting.

If you have a Canon, be SURE to buy the right version! Di is for full-frame Canons, Di II is for cropped-frame Canons. Di will fit cropped-frame Canons, but the electronics will not "talk" to each other.

Superzooms are not without merit! My wife can get a shot at a distant bird or something, while I miss some opportunities due to having the wrong lens mounted. On the other hand, I am more likely to have my camera in hand, with a fixed-focal-length 50mm making the whole package handier.

Just to be clear, my wife is much more experienced and talented than I am.

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