Tamron AF 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) A-mount lens review by DAVY793

reviewer#5796 date: Aug-1-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 18-70mm DT
Minolta 70-210mm Beercan
Sony 70-400mm
Sigma 10-20mm
Tamron 28-300mm XR Di
Tamron 55-200mm
Carl Zeiss 16-80mm
price paid:Ł289 new
positive:Sharpness throughout the range (for a zoom)
Colour and bouquet excellent.
No noticeable distortion
No noticeable flare
negative:Zoom creep
comment:I have bought and sold many lenses in my plight to find the right combination of lenses for my use and I have settled with the Sigma 10-20 for wide angles, Zeiss 16-80mm for landscape, portraits, etc and the Sony 70-400mm for wildlife.
However, I have had the Tamron a lot longer than any of these and it has served me very well and will continue to serve me well as an all purpose walk a round lens. It beats the Tamron 28-300mm hands down and I've found it just as good as the supposedly legendary 70-210 Beercan (and much lighter).
If you cannot afford this lens, then the Tamron 55-200mm is just as good but doesn't have the same range.

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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