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

reviewer#5337 date: May-4-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210/3.5-4.5
Minolta 50/1.7, 35-105N
Tamron Di 17-35
price paid:$460 US (new)
positive:Ease of use, sharp through the range
negative:Slow to focus and slow f/6.3 at telephoto
comment:I dumped four other lenses when I decided to get this, and haven't looked back. While its shortcomings are clear they aren't a real burden in bright daylight and non-sports shooting. My keeper lenses are not in jeopardy, they each do things this one doesn't do as well - but the 18-250 is a real prize, worthy of all the praise I read before buying it. Torture-testing for flare showed the Di coating really works. The zoom-creep lock is a necessity. Colors are honest and neutral; saying 'understated' would be too harsh.

*Update* - I have sold the lens despite my satisfaction, having found a good copy of Sigma's 18-200 whose lighter weight and lack of zoom creep meets my needs.

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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