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

(based on 253 reviews)

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    (136)

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    (96)

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    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

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    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (157)
  • Easily interchangeable (129)
  • Lightweight (128)
  • Consistent output (124)
  • Strong construction (98)

Cons

  • Slow focus (37)
  • Heavy (31)
  • Lens creep (30)
  • Poor in low light (30)
  • Blurry focus (9)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (134)
  • Wildlife photos (79)
  • Sports/action (68)
  • Macro photography (54)
  • Weddings (49)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (91), Casual photographer (52), Semi-pro photographer (34), Enthusiast (26), Semi-professional (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (141), Yes (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very good multipurpose lens for the $$

I am an ameteur photographer, and I bought this lens to have something that covered the 18mm to 200mm range, without having to constantly change lenses. First of all, I shoot a Nikon...Read complete review

I am an ameteur photographer, and I bought this lens to have something that covered the 18mm to 200mm range, without having to constantly change lenses. First of all, I shoot a Nikon D3000, and this lens works perfectly with my camera. For the price, this lens cannot be beat. I've already taken several hundred pictures, and put this lens through the paces. I've taken shots in the morning, blazing bright day, evening, and astrophotos at night. Through it all, this lens has proven consistent.

I did a lot of research on this lens before buying it. The three biggest things I saw negatively against it was the focus, image stablization, and barrel drift. Well, either my lens is speacial or those are not factors at all.

The focus is quick and crisp. I can go from macro focusing to long distance focusing in a snap, and the lens doesn't "hunt" for a proper focus. Even focusing on the bright star Sirius proved no problem for the lens...it gave a quick and pin-point focus, without the hunting problems of my Sigma (and sometimes my Nikon) lens. Also to note, the focus is very quiet...a lot quieter than my Sigma lens and quite possibly quieter than my Nikon lens.

Another issue I saw in my research was the image stablization. I do not by any means have the world's steadiest hands. That's why I can't draw! However, from the 18mm to the 100mm range I have not found IS to be any problem what so ever. I have always had a general rule of thumb that when I go above 100mm I always put it on a tripod. No questions asked. So, obviously above 100mm sitting on my heavy duty tripod there was absolutely no problem with the IS. To test the 18 - 100 range, I photographed all sorts of things like jewelry, my out of control children and much more...again, no IS issues to note what so ever.

The last issue was barrel drift. I conducted a total of 4 runs, two in manual focus and two in auto focus. In each run, I took a bunch of photos at each of the focal length positions. On the first two run throughs, I had the camera pointed 90 degrees down. On the second two run throughs I had the camera pointed 90 degrees up. Not once did I get any drift from the barrel.

As far as quality of images, I have not found anything wrong with the quality. It seems consistent from the very center all the way to the edges. Colors are very good and sharpness is very good. Again, I'm not a pro so I may miss small quality issues that a pro would see. However, I've gotten compliments on my photos and I have yet to see any issues with the quality.

In summary, if you want a quality lens for a low price this is the lens you want. If you want an all purpose landscape to portrait and more lens for a great price this is the only lens you want.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

General Purpose

Recently took this lens on a trip and put about 2000 clicks thru it. This lens is NOT a pro lens if that is what you are looking for then do not purchase this...Read complete review

Recently took this lens on a trip and put about 2000 clicks thru it. This lens is NOT a pro lens if that is what you are looking for then do not purchase this item. It is however a very nice general shooting lens with decent clarity. Auto focus is a bit slow. This functions best in Mid light conditions and decently in low light. Again not a pro lens but I will take it with me on non work trips.

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5.0

Amazing

By Fred

from Greenville, SC

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

I seriously thought I would have to pay around $[$]for a replacement lens until I found this brand and site! Such a great website and the lens works just as good if not better than Nikon! You will definitely have me as a repeat customer. The customer service department was very helpful as well and I got my package sooner than I expected.

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4.0

if you have tight budget

By Chemist

from west lafayette, indiana

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events

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

    If you would like to buy a money saver lens, this is a good one for you. The sharpness is not as much as I want when you zoom. But I would recommended if you have tight budget like me.

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    4.0

    A very good decision!

    By Javier

    from BA, Argentina

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      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 Nikon Digital SLR:

      I used it on my Nikon D300S. It´s the only lens I have, because my all equipment was stolen. And I´m very happy with it´s! Only in one: angular, tele and macro.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great all around lens!

      By jayp

      from sacramento california

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Bought this lens to replace the 18-55mm & 55-200mm Nikon lenses included with our D40. Nice to have the versatility of both without having the hassle of changing lens.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Great everywhere lens

        By Dalou

        from Glendale, AZ

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

        Nice lens for general purpose

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        4.0

        Simple, and versatile

        By hymerdude

        from San Antonio TX

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

        • No Anti Vibration Functio

        Best Uses

        • Great In Bright Light

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

        This is a great lens for the money. It offers a better zoom than the standard 18 to 50 lens that comes with most Nikon SLR cameras. The only draw back is, that there is not an anti vibration function on this lens. So, you must have a steady hand to use it.

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        2.0

        ok, but disapointed in the soft focus

        By Rachelle

        from Evans, Colorado

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus

          Best Uses

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

            Was hoping for a good close macro lens for photographing spiders and snowflakes. This lens had very soft focus at this close range. I haven't used it much.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS LENS!!

            By terrysue

            from Forks WA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              This lens is perfect for me: an avid photographer but a non-professional. The range (18-200) is great. The size and weight are perfect for me. Since I am approaching past middle age and suffer from arthritis in my hands, that is important. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who wants the zoom function while keeping the 18-35 range for your photos.

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              5.0

              It's a great all-in-one for me

              By The family paparattzi

              from Springfield TN

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

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

                I've been looking for an all-in-one lens like this for some time when I'm shooting family photos and for spots when I do some action pics at the school where i work. Just when you thing you need a wide lens my big telephoto was there and when I needed the big zoom I had the wide angle on. This lens allows me to have the right focal lengths when I need it to capture all those million dollar middle school smiles.

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                4.0

                Perfect quality-price relation!

                By Caro

                from Buenos Aires, Argentina

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                This is a very good lense with an ample range that makes it perfect for a trip. Highly recommended!

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                4.0

                Tamron 18-200 macro for Nikon, works for

                By Butterfingers

                from Long Beach, CA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography

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

                  I purchased the Tamron 18-200 macro lens to replace the original Nikon lens which was damaged during a Desert outing. Tamron functions well, can't complain about the price either. I keep having to remind myself to keep my fingers off the focus ring, while in auto focus mode.

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                  5.0

                  Great vacation lens

                  By CJ

                  from Houston, TX

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Wide zoom range

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Vacation
                  • Sports/Action

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

                  Bought this lens to cover the full range for vacation and general family shooting. The wide angle makes it easy to get those tight indoor shots and the 200mm zoom works well for longer distance close up. I shot a lot of nature, architectural, and family snapshots over the last couple of months and have loved the flexibility. It is also right at 3" which gets me into concerts and other events that have the 3" lens limitation.

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                  5.0

                  Price and value,,, good lens

                  By Tee

                  from Charlottesville, VA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    Love this lens

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    so far so good

                    By Cait

                    from New york

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      the images are sharp. looks amazing

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      So far - great!

                      By Sayeem

                      from Davis, CA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

                        Just started using this lens. For the price, this thing is awesome. I am a very beginner photographer, and I find this lens really useful. I should have gotten this one instead of the kit lens.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        good product...has flexibiltiy

                        By Gary

                        from new castle, indiana

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        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 Nikon Digital SLR:

                          use the product for work and family. so far I'm pleased that this product has a wide range and flexibility for use. like that I can lock the lense to the widest setting.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          fast clear and versatile

                          By Photo Rabbi

                          from Philadelphia, PA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            This is a fantastic purchase. I use it for everything from shooting macros of flowers and insects to wildlife zooms. I also shoot my 6 children at all ranges. I hesitated before I purchased it. I am so glad that I did.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Tamron 18-200mm lens

                            By Adavis

                            from Bridgeport, Conn.

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

                            Very pleased with purchase. Very versatile and clear pictures from lens. Would recommend to a friend.

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                            4.0

                            So far, so good!

                            By Lilly

                            from Brazil

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

                            Honestly, i bought this with a low expectation due to the price gap between this and the Nikkor. But i'm very pleased with how it's performing so far. The focus is quite fast and the images come out fairly clear. Also, it's very versatile.

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                            4.0

                            Good value lens

                            By Bob

                            from Olney, MD

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            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 Nikon Digital SLR:

                            I was looking for a versatile lens to take on an upcoming trip. Although my camera bag has a number of faster lenses which I use most often, this lens will serve the purpose by being a wide range zoom that will meet my needs in most situations. I would have liked a lens that is one f-stop faster, but it wasn't worth the additional cost for the few times per year that I will be using this one. I have several Tamron lenses and have always found them to be well made and produce excellent results.

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