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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 97 reviews)

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    (42)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent output (59)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (58)
  • Easily interchangeable (54)
  • Lightweight (48)
  • Strong construction (39)

Cons

  • Slow focus (19)
  • Heavy (14)
  • Poor in low light (12)
  • Lens creep (7)
  • Blurry focus (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (58)
  • Wildlife photos (36)
  • Sports/action (26)
  • Macro photography (24)
  • General purpose (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (41), Casual photographer (18), Enthusiast (16), Semi-pro photographer (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (62)

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

 

Great Value, Auto Focus Not So Hot

I bought this lens as Christmas present. It is used mostly for portrait's, landscapes and general overall hobby photography.

It is light and compact enough not to interfere with carrying...Read complete review

I bought this lens as Christmas present. It is used mostly for portrait's, landscapes and general overall hobby photography.

It is light and compact enough not to interfere with carrying it for long periods of time; the macro feature works great;as well as the lower aperature for low light situations.

I would, however like to see the lens auto focus work faster. It seems to take it longer than average to focus on stationary objects, as well as moving subjects.

Overall, my gift choice was dead on for my friend, and I would buy Tamron lens and other products again in the future. They have most defintely come a long way since my first Tamron purchase 18 years ago!

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5.0

Great Buy

By Old Bill

from McMinnville, Tennessee

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

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

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                        Verified Buyer

                        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

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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                          4.0

                          Great lens!

                          By Heather

                          from Salt Lake, UT

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Poor in Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          This is a great all around zoom lens. It is best used in well lit situations. The colors are vibrant and pictures are clear. So far I love it!

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                          4.0

                          Great purchase for the money

                          By Farmer snapper

                          from Mississippi

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Rugged

                          Cons

                            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:

                            I do alot of landscape and agriculture photography with this lense. It is very clear and focused on long distance shots.

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                            5.0

                            Love it!

                            By Snapping Away

                            from Doylestown, PA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Sports/Action

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

                              I purchased this lens to replace the lens that came with my Sony that went from 18-55. I was finding that lens wasn't getting me close enough. Many lenses that went higher, started higher. I love that this goes from 18-200. Its my go to lens. And I've noticed a difference in the quality of the closer up pictures. Definitely worth the money.

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                              5.0

                              very good deal

                              By Leo

                              from Bronx, NY

                              About Me Casual Photographer

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                Use with Sony alpha 330. Good balance, large focal range. Autofocus doesn't seem slow contrary to other reviewers. A bit tricky to put a cap on/off with the lense hood engaged.
                                Zoom lock is a great plus, though needs to be trained for an unconscious use.

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                                4.0

                                great

                                By ron

                                from los angeles of california

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                Cons

                                • Poor in Low Light

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action

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

                                The 18-200mm focal length was auto focus . fast and accurate, great all around lens,

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