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

reviewer#8454 date: Dec-27-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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:Many lenses, like
Olympus 14-42
Olympus 12-60
Olympus 18-180
Sigma 17-70
ZD 16-80
Nikon 18-200
and more...
price paid:270 USD (Used, Mint)
positive:It's 18-250 after all!
Extension tubes made very well, sturdy
Relatively sharp if stopped down, compared to kit lenses and alike
I've mentioned the range, right?
Colors are quite nice
negative:3.5 is sure soft
Never too sharp, compared to upper class lenses
Zoom creeps easily
comment:I would definitely recommend this lens as a starting one for a newbie, this is a no-brainer. Get this and you can shoot anything you like, the range is just great. The IQ is acceptable. If you've seen only the kit lenses, the IQ will be great for you.
I've seen many lenses, so I see that this lens is not sharp enough to compete in this field with more expansive lenses. But it's unbeatable side is it's range!
As for IQ, well, shoot at 5.6-11 and do some sharpening in post process, and you'll get great pictures.

Check my review (in Russian, but you always can see the pictures, or google-translate it) - http://www.alphatraveller.com/2010/12/tamron-18-25035-63-sony.html

EDIT: I've sold this lens, but after some time I understood that it was a mistake, sometimes it is veery handy to have such a versatile lens, and I bought another one. The second one behaves very similar, maybe it's a bit sharper at the short end, but not too much.

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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