Tamron 18 200mm lens review

Tamron 18-200mm f 3.5-6.3 Di II VC product

Tamron – This name is not new in the industry of making camera lens for DSLR cameras. If you are looking for macro lens, tele lens, wide angle lens or portrait lens, Tamron has best fitting product for your camera lens demand. They keep on introducing lens tailored to capture your worthy moments of daily life to precious moments of special occasions.

Product overview:

Addition to Tamron’s professional quality camera lens range is 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens. This new camera lens is successor to AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO model A14. This predecessor model remained one of the best-selling product of Tamron when it was introduced in market 10 years ago before this new lens. Modern optical solutions are introduced in new 18-200mm VC via mechanical design and efforts to achieve eminent lens performance and great photographic result.

Long term experience in market and expertise in camera lens manufacturing helped Tamron great time to deliver product with classic features as well as modern features such as vibration compensation, auto drive module, double zoom lens etc…

Consolidation of image stabilization with other features makes 18-200mm Di II VC to deliver superior image quality. Beside other qualities it is the lightest zoom lens in its class. A lot of photographic opportunities and optimal lens experience is what Tamron intend to deliver through its brand new lens.

This new lens has many great improvements if we compare it to its predecessors. Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC is capable of capturing focal lengths from 18mm to 200mm. You don’t have to carry multiple range of lens with you and that’s when this lens with this range of focal lengths coverage and super zoom comes in handy.

 

Tamron 18-200mm f 3.5-6.3 Di II lens close up

 

This VC lens only weighs 400g or 14.1 oz. this makes it the lightest weight lens in its category. Its advance mechanical design makes it easy to use, adds incredible balance and comfortable feel even when attached with simple DSLR camera.

An autofocus drive module is induced in this lens with optimal DC motor-gear train integration making autofocus faster, quieter and more precise. This feature enhanced the accuracy of capturing fast moving objects.

VC (Vibration Compensation) is another remarkable feature of this lens. Vibration compensation is for sharp handheld shooting where other lens needs a tripod. Night shots and telephotos are usually prone to image shaking or bad results due to camera shake but VC feature keeps image precise and sharp. VC will help you to achieve smooth viewfinder image.

Zoom lock attribute helps to avoid undesired lens extension. Low dispersion element is also there in this 18-200mm VC lens for greater image sharpness and correction of any chromatic aberration.

Moisture is always an enemy for gadgets like lens, but don’t worry about it anymore. Moisture resistance construction is there in this lens for shooting outdoors. It helps to protect camera lens from inclement weather. There’s slight drawback in this feature. Lens is protected only in case of light rain. Moisture resistance construction won’t protect your lens in case of heavy rain.

Another attribute of this lens is tremendous round blurring effect keeping image in circular diaphragm. It provides naturally rounded shapes adding up in beauty of images. It also delivers perfectly round shape even when image is captured at two stops down from its maximum aperture. It blurs sources of light into perfect round shapes providing desirable and beautiful bokeh.

Broad range of creative options are waiting for a photography lover in Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens. There is a wide range of crops and compositions. You don’t need to change your lens to shoot close-ups, groups and distant objects. Composition can be changed on this same lens. Everyday shoots zoom range is covered in one lens. You can easily take group photos in tight places and make distant objects to appear near with this one lens only.

Best results via this lens are delivered at wider focal lengths between 18 to 50mm and at wide aperture settings up to f/8. If you are in to capturing a lot of pictures at the long focal length of 200mm, then mid-aperture settings of f/8 and f/11 offer the best sharpness and contrast for your images.

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens cost is priced relatively low than its market contender such as Canon. This pricing does not have very huge difference to the prices of competitors so this price is not a very strong competitive edge for Tamron. But this single lens gives you a lot of photographic juncture in your hand that can be undeniably useful.

Specifications:

  • Model: B018
  • Focal length: 18-200mm
  • Angle of view: diagonal. 75゜33′ – 7゜59′
  • Max aperture: F/3.5-6.3
  • Optical construction: 16 elements in 14 groups
  • Minimum object distance: 0.49m/19.3in. (180mm)
  • 0.77m/30.3in. (at 35mm)
  • Maximum magnification ratio: 1:4
  • Filter size: Φ62mm
  • Maximum diameter: Φ75mm
  • Length: For Canon: 96.6mm (3.8 in.)*
  • for Nikon: 94.1mm (3.7 in.)*
  • Weight: 400gm
  • Aperture blades: 7(circular diaphragm)*2
  • Focal length: 18mm, Exposure: F/3.5
  • Focal length: 200mm, Exposure: F/.5


Pros:

  • Great focal range of 18-200mm
  • rounded aperture blade produces quite great bokeh
  • convenient to use
  • wide angle photo to telephoto in a single lens
  • maximum magnification due to close focus
  • color rendition of image
  • well controlled chromatic aberrations
  • double barrel zoom design (3.8”/96.6mm, another 65mm/2.5 inches added when the lens is fully zoomed out)
  • magnified camera vibration (VC) in telephoto mode
  • slow shutter speed in dim lighting
  • improved aperture iris
  • amazing features in economical costing
  • built in image stabilizer
  • lightest weight lens in its category
  • zoom range of 28-310mm
  • autofocus system using DC motor gear train integration for high results
  • rotatory zoom method
  • number of new upgrades
  • moisture resistance construction feature
  • zoom lock switch

Cons:

  • no aperture ring
  • no distance scale
  • no DoF scale
  • flare prone
  • not super sharp results always while capturing
  • no power zoom
  • no tripod collar
  • micro contrast feature isn’t very good
  • focus ring spins while focusing
  • manual override is not available with this lens’ AF motor
  • slow lens in terms of aperture
  • Moisture resistance isn’t token of security from wetness. Only work in case of light rain

Final review:

In general this lens is great and somehow an extra effort for Tamron in class of budget lens. A lot of photographic opportunities are there for you if you get your hands on this lens. This lens is very lightweight, very convenient to use even for beginners and very economical and budget friendly with all its features.

Not only that but it is also equipped with optical image stabilization, new addition of VC system, moisture resistance shield giving it an edge in market as compared to other lens in this price range.

This lens has a lot of improvements if compared to its predecessor cameras lens from Tamron. Features like moisture resistance, image stabilization, lightweight, controlled chromatic aberrations, and maximum magnification make it great lens in inexpensive lens category.

Quality of super zoom feature is fairly increased in 18-200mm VC lens than its forerunner lens. This incredible characteristic is very less compromised.

This lens might appear that it is aiming to capture casual photographs, but in reality great results can be achieved by it in general. Few drawbacks and not very low priced than competitors, still 18-200mm VC can be one wise purchase if you’re interested in getting good results and experience ease while getting these good results.

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