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Tamron18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR
 
4.4

(based on 78 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent output (40)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (40)
  • Easily interchangeable (35)
  • Lightweight (30)
  • Strong construction (30)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (17)
  • Slow focus (15)
  • Heavy (12)
  • Lens creep (10)
  • Blurry focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (50)
  • Wildlife photos (29)
  • Sports/action (25)
  • Weddings (21)
  • Macro photography (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (40), Casual photographer (13), Semi-pro photographer (8), Enthusiast (6), Casual user (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (48)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An alrounder (Nice for the Price)

I bought this lens to use for my new Pentax K-30,
Really happy with the performance and glad to say that this is good lens with the price,
Very good to...Read complete review

I bought this lens to use for my new Pentax K-30,
Really happy with the performance and glad to say that this is good lens with the price,
Very good to take photos in the day light and not bad at all in the night as well, though struggle a little bit while focusing in the night but that is a common problem of almost the zoom lenses.
The build up structure is very nice indeed and match very well with rugged look of Pentax K-30,

I really appreciate B&H fast/rapid service. I have been buying stuff online from them almost a 2 years and don't have any problem with the delivery.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent for bright light

I was hoping i could use this lens to replace my kit 18-55, but i don't think so. I'll start with what i didn't like:
As other people have mentioned the...Read complete review

I was hoping i could use this lens to replace my kit 18-55, but i don't think so. I'll start with what i didn't like:
As other people have mentioned the focusing at low light isn't very good, borderline frustrating. I took it to a late evening party and probably spent more time focusing than snapping pictures. It also has much more noise focusing than the kit lens. In daylight, it works much better. I have noticed it also has trouble focusing on macro shots.
At the extreme's of the lenses focal length, there is a slight vignetting, but not bad. I can live with it. However, attaching a filter imposed darkening of pictures at once again the extreme focal lengths. Trying to stack filters made matters much worse resulting in unacceptable shots. 1 filter at a time for this lens. My 18-55 lens could take 2 with much less interference. However, I can live with it.
What I like:
The focal length is nice. Having the option of 18-200mm for any shot is very convenient. Having such a broad zoom I could zoom past some of the flaws mentioned earlier.
Size. The lens isn't that big, slightly longer and heavier than the kit lens i have, but not by much, especially considering how much more lens it is.
Zoom lock. Nice feature, but i didn't have any trouble with lens creep, not yet anyway. Perhaps when I use the lens a bit more it will wear in and this feature i'll learn to appreciate it more.
The zoom is quick, which is nice when covering such a broad focal length.

If i had a chance to do it over, and I had more money, i would probably try a lens with less zoom, ex:18-125, and another lens, 70-250,300...but that's quite a bit more money, and when you're on a budget, like I am, this lens will do.

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4.0

Fine lens for the price.

By pixelshooter1

from Newport Beach, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Lens Creep
  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

Of course, there are better lenses out there.But, for $ you are getting a VERY good value.At the long tele end the sharpness gets a little soft,unless you can shoot with f.11 or higher.I'm using it on a K-30 for portraits and family photo.In the mid-range sharpness is excellent; you can count the hairs on the model's head.This lens likes a lot of light, though. In low light you'll have to nudge it with patience to get it to focus.All in all, I'm happy with it and I don't wrinkle my nose over the plastic barrel.

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4.0

Good Light All Around Lense

By Preacher John

from Columbia, MD

About Me Casual Photographer

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Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight
  • Rugged

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

The light weight and large focal range makes this a good lens for family outings. I used it hiking and it was great. It has a little problem in low light (under tree cover when cloudy). The autofocus seemed to hunt a bit more than my lenses with a smaller range in darker (thought not night time) conditions. I went to manual focus and it worked fine.

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5.0

Better than expected

By Agalliac

from Brazil

Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

Good walk around lens. I would say that this lens is much better than should be for only [$] and it's perfect to every day use. Very light, good autofocus and nice image quality . Good for birthdays party, travel, photojournalism.

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5.0

Great all around lens

By Pentax Fan

from Fredericksburg, VA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

I've used this with my Pentax K-x for a couple years and very happy with it's flexibility. It doesn't compare with prime lenses or the short zooms but for the price and 95% of the users, it is all the lens you will need for the consumer to pro-sumer level shooters. A definite upgrade to the box lenses 18-55 and 55-200 rolled into one. You will grab it and go knowing it has you covered. If you are on a budget, don't hesitate to get it. If the sky is the limit with your budget and $ + lenses are your norm, maybe pass on this one.

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5.0

Very nice all around lens

By hmnmn

from Minnesota

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Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

    perfect lens to keep on your camera all the time if you are going with one lens.
    I was impressed with build and quality
    sample images on my Pentax K5 and K7 were very nice and sharp close focus at least that is that my eyes can see.
    focus was better than i thought it would be.

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    5.0

    An alrounder (Nice for the Price)

    By Imran

    from VN

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

    I bought this lens to use for my new Pentax K-30,
    Really happy with the performance and glad to say that this is good lens with the price,
    Very good to take photos in the day light and not bad at all in the night as well, though struggle a little bit while focusing in the night but that is a common problem of almost the zoom lenses.
    The build up structure is very nice indeed and match very well with rugged look of Pentax K-30,

    I really appreciate B&H fast/rapid service. I have been buying stuff online from them almost a 2 years and don't have any problem with the delivery.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Great all purpose lens

    By Bob

    from NJ

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Rugged

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

    If you are unsure what lens you will need, bring this one. Really wide coverage. Has lock so lens just won't expand. Does so many things for a low price. Kind of heavy, but most zooms tend to be. Most people have one of these in their arsenal, as it makes sense.

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    5.0

    nice all around lens

    By Perry

    from San Diego

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

      Good all around lens

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      5.0

      All Purpose Lens

      By DEH

      from E'town, KY

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      Pros

      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

      If you only want to carry one lens, like on a long walk, this is it. Very versatile and meets most of your needs.

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      4.0

      Decent lens despite creep

      By TLCinSEA

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Rugged

      Cons

      • Lens Creep

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography
      • Sightseeing
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

      Nice affordable zoom from Tamron for my Pentax K-x. I purchased it as an all-purpose vacation lens and it did a wonderful job. Lens creep is a problem when camera is pointed down however and without a lens lock It was persistent and I felt uncomfortable carrying the camera over my shoulder by the strap due to concern for damaging the lens in its fully extended position caused by the creep. An inexpensive holster bag solves the problem adequately enough. A lens lock would be nice but for the money I'm satisfied overall with the quality and performance of the lens.

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      4.0

      Excellent for the price

      By doctorg13

      from Western Montana

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      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

        Lens works smoothly, focuses quickly, and zooms easily. Initial impression of the optics is very good.

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        4.0

        low cost-high return

        By pennyolive

        from baltimore, md

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

        great so far for a low cost lens. will absolutely order this brand again.

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        4.0

        Good all-purpose lense

        By Shutterbug

        from Tennessee

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              Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

              Nice go-to lens. It does sometimes search when focusing as mentioned by other reviewers. I solve this by changing the focal length a bit and it usually fixes it. Images produced are crisp. It's not top-of-the-line, but functions very well, epecially given the cost.

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              4.0

              Great lens

              By Jim the Roadrunner

              from Washington, DC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

              This lens allows one to walk around and not be concerned with changing lenses.
              I use it in landscape and close up work.

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              4.0

              Initial impressions

              By Dan

              from North Central Pennsylvania

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

                I bought this lens with some trepedation and then tested it by trying to get it to fail using what others complained about. After a week of use I find their complaints without merit. It's going to be on my K5 as my walk-around lens for a long time.

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                4.0

                You will out grow it

                By 40besos

                from Perth Amboy, NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged

                Cons

                • Blurry Focus
                • Lens Creep
                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

                  I gave this lens four stars for the price as a good starter lens. It's not what you will keep as you grow in your hobby or business. Now that I've used it for two years and my eye has grown more critical, I notice that the focus at the longer ranges is very very soft. It's time for an upgrade for me.

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                  5.0

                  Great All Around Lens

                  By Lazooli

                  from Tampa, Florida

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

                    I bought this for a planned vacation. Up to this point I had the two lenses which came with my Pentax K-R the 18-50 and 50-200. I normally used the closer range but wanted the ability to have the longer zoom on my trip without having to carry my camera bag and extra lense while away from my hotel. This lens fit the bill and worked perfectly. The lens worked very well with the autofocus built into the camera. I got amazing sharp pictures using this lens. From this point forward it is my all around multi-purpose lens. I don't have any reason to use the other lenses. And I have shown this off to friends and family and recommended to them that they invest in this lens.

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                    4.0

                    Great value and performace for great zoo

                    By Solanadude

                    from San Diego area

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Great value
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

                    Used for general land and seascapes in range of lighting conditions. Good image fdelity at wide zoom settings with minimum distortion.

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                    4.0

                    I'm very happy of this zoom

                    By Fil

                    from Italy

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                      Cons

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                          Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

                          it's very compact and very powerful. Great

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                          5.0

                          Great lens for the money

                          By Pentax1

                          from Newport N.C.

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Poor in Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR:

                          Lens is well built,focuses good,and the colors are very vivid.I have mine mounted on a Pentax K10D, and I have never seen it shoot such vivid photos.No lens creep! I would highly recommend this lens to any Pentax user.

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