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

reviews found: 36    << 1 2
reviewer#3004 date: Nov-30-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:18-70 Sony
16-105 Sony
70-210 Minolta Beercan
70-300 Sigma APO
price paid:570 cdn
positive:Compact size for a lens with a 13.9X zoom range. Nice lens grip, compared to the Sony version which collects dust. Great 1/2 macro feature, throughout the whole zoom range. Pro test results verify it's a much sharper lens than the earlier 18-200, yet is about the same size for only a small increase in price, from the older 18-200mm Tamron. Front element doesn't rotate when focusing, and has a nice petal lens hood. Has a round aperture same as the Sony.
negative:You must use the zoom lock or the lens slips from it's short length to it's longest, when storing in a case or walking around. Slight distortion at the shortest end, but for a zoom of this range it's an expected compromise in the design. A little slow at the long end in lower light at F6.3, but is workable for all the other benefits of the 13.9X zoom range.
comment:This lens was one of PopPhoto's lens of the year for 2007. If you were to buy one lens, to cover most common lens range situations, this would be the one. Best walkabout lens on the market at the moment. Great if you are walking in dusty locations like beaches etc., since one lens covers most situations and you avoid changing lenses. The Tamron lens grip than the Sony version (doesn't collect dust like the Sony grip). Far improved from the earlier 18-200mm Tamron, much sharper, yet same size and lens speed, for a slight increase in price. Very nicely built lens with a nice lens grip, and a functional petal lens hood.

This lens covers from wide angle to telephoto (28mm-375mm 35mm equivalent), and 1:3.5 macro feature throughout the whole zoom range. It is ADI flash compatible, with the 8 contacts for Sony/Minolta digitals.

There are compromises for a lens which covers a 13.9X zoom range. One is the lens speed of F6.3 at 250mm (AF may hunt under lower light), and the other is slight distortion at the wide end. But the pluses far outweigh the negatives. Quite a lens design accomplishment for such a compact lens. Overal it's a great little lens. Great vacation or walkabout lens, when you want to travel light.

Compared to the Sony repackaged version of the Tamron 18-250, optically they are the same lens. Both the Sony and Tamron hav round apertures. Both are excellent and far superior to the earlier 18-200 lenses. Tamron is slightly less expensive, and has a longer warranty than the Sony. Personally I prefer the Tamron look to the Sony, and the rubber lens grip is superior. One reviewer of the Sony claimed the focusing speed of the Sony was slightly faster, but I didn't really find it so. The slower focusing speed of the lens is mainly related to it's lens speed of F6.3 at it's longest point, which may be a problem for some. Also it depends on which camera you use it on. On a A-700 it will be faster than on a A-100. The A-700 focuses faster. Firmware versions on cameras may affect focusing speed (obviously always best to have the latest firmware version on the camera). Choosing between a Tamron or a Sony is like choosing between a Chevy or a Pontiac. They are close. Regardless of which one you choose you will have picked an exceellent lens superior to the older 18-200 lenses, in physically the same size lens, but far improved over the older 18-200.
reviewer#2536 date: Jul-11-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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:Sigma 18-200, KM 18-200, Tamron 28-300, Sony 16-80
price paid:479.99
positive:Sharp throughout the zoom range, even wide open
negative:focus is slow in lower light levels (average in normal light)
comment:I bought this lens as a replacement for my Sigma 18-200, which had served me well for about the last year. The extra range is very nice, and optically, it's better than the Sigma, especially wide open. Focus speed is only really a problem in low light. Bought at the same time as the CZ 16-80, and found the Zeiss was rarely on the camera, so this one stayed and the Zeiss was sold. Pretty impressive lens, even more so when you consider the unparalleled range.
reviewer#2534 date: Jul-10-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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:Minolta 18-200, Sigma 28-200
price paid:449.99 USD
positive:Single lens that does the work of several with very good optics. Better then other tele zooms
negative:Slow focus, noisy, and somewhat expensive
comment:Long trombone almost insures you will get dust and the focusing is slow. That said, you will almost never take this lens off and when it does focus it is dead on and does not hunt. This is a great travel lens as you don't have to carry a bag full of lenses. The only exception is if you need an ultra wide or a faster lens.
reviewer#2382 date: May-28-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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 used to own this lens
compared to:28-135mm Max
28-75mm Max
100-300 APO
price paid:499 USD
positive:Zoom Range
Lightweight
Compact
negative:Focus too slow
Very noisy
comment:This lens is pretty good optically but the focus is much too slow and noisy for my taste so I sent it back for a full refund.

reviewer#2326 date: May-19-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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:Really it's my first time that I own such "Super Zoom" lens type...so don't have any comparability to do...with another lens
price paid:$:600.50 (Due Taxes)
positive:Cover ALL my needs with out changing lenses...so my sensor in my 7D body will be spotless clean ever! Extremely important for me!
negative:Very slow & mechanical noise focus...hard to move (Maybe because is new...?), front ring focus at "Manually" position.
comment:Folks!

Really I love it...it's much possible that my specific sample cames "Optically" SUPERBLY GOOD.

Mechanically it's focusing slowly & noisy...still very difficulty/hard to move the front focus ring at "M" front 7D body knob setting (Maybe as still new...hope that with more usage will go freely...?).

What I can say "Highly Recommended"!...really!!!
reviewer#2248 date: May-2-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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:Tamron 18-200mm
Konica Minolta 18-200mm
Sigma 18-125mm
Tamron 28-300mm
Carl Zeiss 16-80mm
Minolta 24-105mm
price paid:369 GBP
positive:Longest zoom range made at 13.7X
Extremely sharp lens
Better geometry than 18-200mm
Better resolution than 18-200mm
Closer focus scale
negative:Extremely slow AF
Price 35-40 per cent more than 18-200mm
comment:This lens is surprisingly good. It manages to fit 250mm in at the same f6.3 aperture without increasing the front element diameter, yet has good illumination. It is as compact as the 18-200mm when collapsed to 18mm. It handles well, but best of all, it seems to have excellent optical qualities - sharpness, distortion levels, freedom from flare, chromatic fringe levels and so on. Overall an exceptional lens for its range but also better than most superzooms from 18-125mm upwards. See my website review:
http://www.photoclubalpha.com/tamron18250/tamron18250.html
reviews found: 36    << 1 2

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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