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Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Macro Lens for Nikon

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  • Ultra-compact and light construction

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Product details

Style Name: For Nikon
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 7.4 x 8.4 cm ; 404 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 5579
  • ASIN: B0007XD4LM
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 29 Jan 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)

Product Description

Style Name: For Nikon

Tamron objected. 18-200 f / 3, 5-6, 3 x nikon ta14nii, ld low dispers

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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389 of 401 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. White TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Oct 2009
Style Name: For Canon
I happen to have this as well as its rival, the Canon 18-200. So please bear that in mind when assessing my review. Secondly, please ignore the (inevitable) forthcoming two thumbs down as I happen to have a complete i--ot, who trolls all of my reviews. In fact, he who always thumbs my reviews down has written more in the comments section of my reviews than anything else on the whole of Amazon, which should say something to you about how much worth you should give to his thumbs down to my review. And now, my review which I hope most of you will appreciate. :-)

Is this a great lens? No. Is this a reasonably good lens at a fantastic price? Yes.

Selling at almost a third of its Canon equivalent, its quality is respectably about 2/3 of the more expensive lens. So on pure price to performance ratio, the Tamron is a winning budget lens and deserves serious consideration mainly if price is an issue to you. Note too that second hand values are strong - whichever lens you choose. So it definitely is worthwhile trying the Tamron first to assess its quality for yourself. Otherwise if you can comfortably afford the Canon, buy that instead - as there are definite differences in overall output quality which, frankly, are noticeable at times.

This Tamron's build quality is first rate, and apart from the fact that it's a not particularly heavy lens, you'd be hard pressed to tell that this is a budget zoom at all. Yet when it comes to output on my Eos 40D, the said differences between the lenses become apparent. In particular, compared to its far more expensive rival, there are two areas where overall quality is compromised: Colour reproduction and sharpness. Colours are restrained at best and otherwise somewhat lifeless.
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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Sam Bentley on 18 Aug 2011
Style Name: For Nikon
This lens fascinated me. I read the reviews online and bought the product due to its low price. From the reviews that i had read, i expected the lens to be of lower quality build, lower functionality after a certain focal length, and overall just an ok lens. However, as soon as i lifted it out of the box my assumptions were proved wrong. The quality of build was amazing, and i soon decided that the build quality of this lens is actually better than the NIKKOR lens that I already had. The zoom range is very very high quality and doesn't become blurred after a certain length. The only thing i would say is a con is that it makes my camera from heavy, even with a battery grip, but you can only really tell when you try to stand it up and it falls forward.... but most of the time its either on a tripod, around my neck/back or in its bag. Overall I love this lens and this it is superb quality for its price... forget the price... this is an amazing lens and takes great photographs. Also, i love the included lens hood, and i especially love how fast the autofocus works, although it is a bit loud... but you can even control the focus in autofocus mode without breaking it, as the motor is strong but flexible in how tight it holds the focus. The button to stop the lens extending when not in use is a very clever one, and all this adds up to one conclusion to me. I won't tell you what it is but ill say it has replaced all my lenses and makes me very very happy. Have a guess what I think!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By G. C. Ferguson on 16 Jun 2012
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I initially bought this lens to use with a Canon 600 as a temporary replacement for an older expensive lens that had become unreliable. After a couple of months of use I have decided I will stick with it until I can justify spending many times as much on a real top end lens. Reviews of the the mid-price alternatives still mention the same lack of perfection I have seen with this lens, but they cost three times as much - the Tamron is the best in this budget class. The range is perfect for 'one lens' days - as you are ready for any situation and can capture reasonable results.

Good points are, it is compact, it focusses pretty well in most circumstances, it is fast and quiet to zoom and focus, it is lightweight and while not the most expensive construction I have seen, it seems well enough made. Like all Tamron lenses I have owned it comes with a hood included in the price.

The downside is exactly what you would expect on a lens of this range and price - at either end of range there are the expected issues with Chromatic Aberration and at some focal lengths the focus sharpness is not consistent all the way to the corner when images are blown-up.

My conclusion is that any large range zoom is a compromise and you know that before the purchase. If you need perfect professional results then this is not for you, but for the money I am very pleased with what this lens lets me do and the images captured.
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159 of 173 people found the following review helpful By Simon on 12 Mar 2011
Style Name: For Canon
This lens has had some very mixed reviews, it's a toss up between this and the similar range Sigma as to which is best. Some reviews favour one, some the other.
I decided on this because I've had Tamron lenses before (many years ago) and always found them to be high quality.
I'm very glad I did buy this one!
The lens is not perfect, but for the price it's damn close.
Wide open it's fairly soft at most magnifications, but close it down a stop or two, and the story is very different. Everything seems to sharpen up a huge amount, it then becomes a very capable lens. The colour saturation is spot on, natural and accurate.
Barrel distortion at the wide end is more than acceptable; pincushion at longer settings is also well controlled. Contrast is strong and edge definition is surprisingly good for a lens of this type. Chromatic aberrations are evident, but only in high contrast detail where most lenses exhibit these. They are no worse than on the 18-55 Canon lens I also use.
The construction may be mainly plastic but it handles and feels like a quality, well made product. The zoom ring operates smoothly and evenly, as does the manual focus ring. The overall build feels solid, well designed and durable.
Having one lens that covers such a large range of focal lengths is remarkably convenient. for trips, holidays etc it's the ideal "walk round lens" Not having to fumble around changing lenses means your less likely to miss that shot when the moment presents itself.
All lenses of this type are a compromise between convenience and quality, but I would rather catch the shot and sacrifice some quality in absolute terms, than miss the shot altogether!
For the cost, just over £150, this thing is a steal.
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