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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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Style: For Nikon
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 10.9 x 10.7 cm ; 399 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 640 g
  • Item model number: AF014NII-700
  • ASIN: B0007XD4LM
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 29 Jan. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (360 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,431 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Style Name:For Nikon

Focal Length:18 mm - 200 mm, Magnification:1 / 3.7, Zoom Adjustment:Manual, Min View Angle:8 degree(s), Features:Internal focusing system, LD glass, aspherical lens, zoom lock switch, XR (Extra Refractive-index) glass, Max View Angle:75.5 degree(s), Diaphragm Blades:7, Special Functions:Zoom, Type:Zoom lens, Lens Aperture:F/3.5-6.3, Intended For:35mm SLR, digital SLR, Min Focus Distance:45 cm, Lens Construction:13 groups / 15 elements, Lens Coating:Multicoated, Focus Adjustment:Automatic, manual, Filter Size:62 mm, Optical Zoom:11.1 x, Mounting Type:Nikon F, Minimum Aperture:F/22, Included Accessories:Lens hood, dust cap, lens cap

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Style: For Nikon
I recently bought this lens for use on my Nikon D3200 while on holiday as I was finding carrying my kit bag with a selection of lenses literally a pain (Nikon 18-55, Nikon 35 and Tamron 70-300). Physically this lens is very compact. When at 18mm minus the supplied hood it is about the same length as the Nikon 18-55mm kit lens. This is handy for storage in bags etc (always have to remove my 70-300 before placing camera in bag).

In use the lens is fine, the AF works well but is noisy compared with the Nikon 18-55. Focus speed is fine in decent light. I have used the lens for insects and for landscapes. Despite the name this is not a Macro lens, even at 200mm as close as you can focus, you need to crop a lot to fill a picture with a butterfly for example. Luckily it is a sharp lens and with 24mp I can do this. At 18mm this lens does show considerable distortion, with very noticeably curved sea horizons for example. Photoshops camera raw plugin can correct this as it has a profile for this one fairly old lens.

Overall I am happy given the low price and the quality is good enough for me to carry this as my standard zoom rather than the Nikon 18-55, and it has great flexibility when travelling, avoiding needing to lug a selection of lenses.
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Style: 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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Style: 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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Style: For Canon Verified Purchase
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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