Tamron AF 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) A-mount lens review by ifreedman

reviewer#10015 date: Mar-10-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 15-88 kit
Tamron 28-75 f2.8
Sony 35 f1.8
SMC Takumar 50 f1.4
Minolta 50 f1.7
various other manual focus lenses
price paid:225 USD (used)
positive:Wide range. Good image quality.
negative:Very slow auto focus.
comment:I bought this for the range, but don't use it much. I'm more likely to shoot with a prime or the faster Tamron 27-75 F2.8. However, this lens work quite nicely when I use it, which is primarily for evens where I want a wide focal range without switching lenses. I know some users will talk about the distortion at the short end, or softness when open, etc. However, for a lens with such an enormously wide focal length range, I'm more than pleased with the image quality. The main thing I dislike about this lens -- and the reason why I'd consider selling it to buy the similar Sony 18-250 -- is that the AF can be fairly slow at times. Otherwise, I'm quite pleased. Primary uses so far: travel photos, outdoor sporting events, family events where kids are running all over the place.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 36
  • sharpness: 4.44
  • color: 4.64
  • build: 4.33
  • distortion: 4.08
  • flare control: 4.42
  • overall: 4.38
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