Tamron AF 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) A-mount lens review by claudio1612

reviewer#6434 date: Nov-23-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Tamron 18-200
Sony 50f1.8
price paid:459 EUR (new)
positive:Sharpness
Great colors
Very ample range (18-250)
Almost always focuses right
negative:Slow focusing
Noisy
comment:At first I bought the Tamron 18-200 (recommended by the store salesman), but the results were very poor (I have posted a review on this lens).
Decided to change it for the Tamron 18-250 based on what I read on this site (it costs twice as much as the 18-200) and... I could not be more impressed!! everything written here about this lens is true. The sharpness and the colors are a beauty. In certain conditions it has proved to be as sharp as my Sony SAM 50f1.8 lens, which I believe is considered a very sharp lens. On the end of the focal range however, it looses some sharpness.
Despide it cost twice as much as its predecessor (the 18-200), it is still a great value compared to the price tag of equivalent Sony Lens (16-105 and 18-250) which cost about 30% more.

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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