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

(based on 102 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent output (60)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (59)
  • Easily interchangeable (57)
  • Lightweight (50)
  • Strong construction (41)

Cons

  • Slow focus (21)
  • Heavy (14)
  • Poor in low light (14)
  • Lens creep (7)
  • Blurry focus (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (62)
  • Wildlife photos (37)
  • Macro photography (27)
  • Sports/action (26)
  • Weddings (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (43), Casual photographer (18), Semi-pro photographer (18), Enthusiast (16)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (67)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent lens for the money!

I purchased this lens for my new Sony SLT-A57 DSLR body, and it doesn't disappoint, it's a great all round lens for the money. I really like using it with the new feature...Read complete review

I purchased this lens for my new Sony SLT-A57 DSLR body, and it doesn't disappoint, it's a great all round lens for the money. I really like using it with the new feature of the A57 which doubles your zoom size, while keeping it high definition, unlike your standard digital zoom feature. It's pretty trick, I used it on the moon shot. You can't go wrong buying this lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good deal for the price!

With rebate this lens cost $. This alone is a good reason to buy,as I'm saving quite a bit off the 700 dollars I could have spent. I bought it to replace two...Read complete review

With rebate this lens cost $. This alone is a good reason to buy,as I'm saving quite a bit off the 700 dollars I could have spent. I bought it to replace two kit lenses - a Sony 18-55mm and a 55-200mm. In the 18-55mm range, images look better than they do on the kit lens. In the 200 range, the tamron performs slightly worse than the kit lens (with regards to focus. However you can of course sharpen these areas in post)- but seeing as I use 200mm rarely, the trade off is worth not carrying and changing two lenses across Europe. One glaring issue is the long time it takes to auto focus. After timing it, auto focus on the tamron lens takes approximately twice as long as it does with the sony 18-55mm kit lens (about 1 Second for the tamron) I do not forsee this as being a deal breaker, as half the time I use manual focus anyway. Besides, fast auto focus is most useful for subjects like sports, for which you should be buying a different lens anyway.the feel of the lens barrel moving as you zoom feels a little cheaper than the Sony kit lenses, but as mentioned above, 18-55mm ranges do look better using the tamron.In conclusion, the setbacks of the tamron lens are minor compared to the money you save, and the space you save in your camera bag.

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4.0

Exelent But not for SONY a77ii

By TV SPOT 3D

from Mexico City

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

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

      I have use TAMRON 18-200 in the past wit my SONYa37 with no problems and getting ECELLENT pictures.

      I decide upgrade my SONY a37 with the new SONY a77ii with a new TAMRRON 18 200.

      The Manual Focus in the lens it isn't working properly, the body lens doesn't have a focus switch to activate manual or Automatic Focus, and if you use the camera Focus switch in the SONY a77ii body for Automatic or Manual focus it is differ from the older SONY a 37 or 58 and the camera doesn't release the autofocus system like the older models, so you can not manual focus with the TAMRON 18-200 or the SONY 18-250) You will need a Lens that has these switch. Autofocus it´s working perfectly, the only problem is the Manual Focus.

      I get a SONY 18-135 and these lenses have the autofocus Switch (AF or MF) so you can activate or deactivate with no problems the Manual or Automatic Focus.

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      5.0

      wonderful lens

      By ginrummy55

      from Woodland Park, NJ

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography

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

      I purchased this lens and am 100% satisfied with its results.

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      5.0

      Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro

      By speedbird286

      from Charlotte, NC

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

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

        Nice, solid, well made general purpose zoom lens that works well out of the box on all Sony Alpha cameras.

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        4.0

        Very good versatile lens

        By Alexey

        from Miami, FL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Great zoom range
        • High quality images
        • Inexpensive

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Regular Everyday Use
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I have several great fixed focal length lenses for my Sony DSLR, which I use when doing "serious" photography shooting landscapes, cityscapes, etc. However, while doing more "casual" everyday shooting, which may not need the highest image quality, I was getting tired of switching lenses and decided to get a wide-range zoom lens. This 18-200 mm lens (equivalent of 28-300 mm for 35 mm cameras) by Tamron seemed to fit the bill. My initial impression is very positive. It has a great zoom coverage, relatively compact and not heavy, and inexpensive. Quality of images is very good.
        The only flaw is that its auto focus is relatively slow, particularly in low light situations. Thus, this may not be the best lens for fast action photography. But I would happily recommend it for almost every other use.

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        4.0

        Very Light but not so sharp

        By Cass

        from São Paulo, Brazil

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow Focus
        • Weak Casing

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

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

        I use it with a Sony a77ii as a side option, for situations I consider less important. It's a versatile and very easy to carry piece, very lighweight. It's not so clear tough, and at the full reach it's not so sharp, it requires a bit of technique to adjust the exact focus (in AF mode, I lost some pics; in manual, it took me a while to understand it, specially in low light situations). In good light conditions and precise photometry you can get excellent results! But I would not advise to go birding in sunset or sunrise hours.
        As I'm not a professional, I guess it's a good gadget thinking of price and unpretentious photographing. There are more modern stuff from Tanrom, but they are a bit more expensive. It also seemed a little fragile as well.

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        5.0

        Great Buy

        By Old Bill

        from McMinnville, Tennessee

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Good Price
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          For me and what I do ( general ) photography it's great, I can get more done and spend less time changing out my lens. The picture is sharp, the lens handles well, auto focus is good, and the range 18-200 is good for my needs. Good price, great lens, good buy.
          Bill Raline

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          4.0

          A very nice lens at a great price point.

          By sony jack

          from Arizona

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          Pros

          • Great price
          • Versatile
          • Well-made

          Cons

          • Built With Plastic

          Best Uses

          • Great all-around lens

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

          This will make a fine gift for my sister, and at a great price!

          I bought this lens anticipating that I'll give it to a relative who just bought a Sony alpha camera from me. I expect to suggest to her that it is a great all-around lens. After using it a bit myself, I'm convinced that it is exactly that. I can't see any material difference between the pictures I take with this lens as opposed to the Sony SAL 18250 I own. I've shot with both lenses on the same Sony A77 and there's no material difference in the photographic results.

          This lens lacks a bit in build quality, having more plastic in it than my comparable Sony lens. That might diminish the useful life of the Tamron's lens mount, compared to the Sony with a metal mounting surface. But I expect that will be a marginal-to-minimal issue because my sister will probably never have to take this lens off her Sony A350 camera body.

          Focusing was quick and accurate, though it could be different in low light. I live in a very sunny part of the lower 48 so not a concern for me, but sis lives in the northeast so . . . . I did get the Tamron to take a picture when it was out of focus though I've never been able to get my camera to do that with a Sony lens on it so the focusing thing seems to be different but not a big deal in my opinion. I didn't experience any zoom creep or focus creep.

          In summary, a great, versatile, and very affordable lens.

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          5.0

          Great Product for the price

          By TMP

          from Queens, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

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

            I am totally satisfied with this product. It is a very good price and pictures come out crystal clear.

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            5.0

            Versatile

            By Photo Hacker

            from Chicago, IL

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                Gives me the option of bringing one lens without sacrificing the clarity of pictures. I've found there is no distortion of pictures at any focal length. It was a steal for $[$].

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                4.0

                a good all purpose lens

                By Jon

                from Philadelphia, PA

                About Me Casual Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    I got this lens to have a lot of versatility without having to change lenses very often. The price was low enough that I didn't have to break the bank to have a lens that would serve a lot of purposes. I plan for this to be my general "walk-around" lens.

                    A number of others had complained about lens creep, but the lens does have a lock - so, though I haven't experienced that yet, I don't see how it could become a problem with that feature.

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                    5.0

                    Excelente!

                    By TV Spot 3D

                    from Mexico City

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      Usandolo en una Cámara SONY SLT-A37
                      Y lo recomiendo ampliamente.

                      Ideal para tomar fotos de cerca y tener un telefoto práctico.
                      No hay que estar cambiando de lentes.
                      Precio más bajo que el de otras marcas, realmente lo hace muy atractivo ya que la calidad del producto es excelente, robusto y con buenos acabados.

                      He estado tomando fotos tanto en interiores como en exteriores y funciona sin problemas.

                      Posiblemente el auto foco es un poco mas lento que el de los lentes de SONY, pero nada importante o muy poco notorio.
                      Lo he podido comparar es el SAL 18-55 que trae la cámara.

                      Finalmente:

                      Es la primer compra en B&H vía internet desde México
                      Toda la experiencia fue muy agradable y sin problemas, el producto llego a tiempo y en perfectas condiciones.

                      Felicidades y Gracias por su excelente servicio.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome Lens

                      By jsjsand3

                      from Midlothian, VA

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                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Not Encountered Any

                      Best Uses

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

                        I've bought it for an upcoming wedding. But the focal range enables you to shoot in any situation. Great buy.

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                        5.0

                        Very versatile, just what I needed

                        By JB

                        from Oklahoma City

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

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

                          Just got back from 2 weeks in England on vacation and this was the only lens that I used. It replace my kit lens 18-70 mm and my 70- 200 mm telephoto. Good quality pictures through the whole range and saved me space in my camera bag.

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                          5.0

                          Excllent for the price

                          By Kenoki007

                          from Hidalgo TX

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Rugged

                          Cons

                          • Slow Focus

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Night Photography

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

                          it's a very good lens for the price, dont expect the AF feature to be fast as a sony lenses but, for me it's enougth. i have very nice pictures at 200mm and a very good wide angle at 18 even than my sensor is a 1.5 crop factor.

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                          5.0

                          Excelent

                          By Andi

                          from Buenos Aires, Argentina

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                            Excellent lens. Very versatile and good quality shots both near and far.

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                            5.0

                            Great Lens Great Price

                            By Rumrunner85

                            from Rancho Santa Margarita

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                            Pros

                            • Great price

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

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

                              I bought this lens to replace the 18-55mm lens that came with my Sony a390. Took it on vacation to Belize and got some amazing pictures with it. It's a great lens at an even better price. It is a little heavy but you get use to it.

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                              5.0

                              Loving this Lens!

                              By Rhonda K

                              from Fairbanks, Alaska

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro Photography

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

                                I recently purchased this lens because my husband was on a road trip, wanted to borrow one of my cameras, and I had plans to go out shooting, so I needed a spare lens.

                                In the few short weeks that I've tested it, I have shot various ranges, from macro to landscape style photos. The images are crisp and clear, absolutely beautiful!

                                This will most likely become my new all-round utility lens, as it covers the spectrum of both my wide-angle and mid-range lenses.

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                                4.0

                                Amazing lens for it's price

                                By Zero

                                from Santa Maria, Ca

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                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easily Interchangeable

                                Cons

                                • Slow Focus

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Wildlife Photos

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

                                Focus motor is slow especially indoors and a bit noisy. But images are superb for an affordable lens with this range.

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                                4.0

                                Good all in one lens

                                By Mojopix

                                from Georgia

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Poor in Low Light

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                I use this lens as an all purpose everyday lens. With the wide range of focal lengths it enables one to frame a shot for best resolution. The focus is not the fastest but not a problem...once you're in the general focus range it is very fast. Color and contrast are great. Is it the sharpest super zoom available..no, but it is plenty sharp enough for all but critical work. Sharpness is better with good light, not so great with low light. If sharpness is the goal, grab a prime lens!

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                                5.0

                                Excellent value, does the job

                                By norcal

                                from San Jose, CA

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                                Pros

                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Poor in Low Light

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Video
                                • Wildlife Photos

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

                                Great lens, great value. This is a great all around lens, works great for outdoor daylight photography.

                                For indoor I prefer fast prime lens though.

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