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

(based on 256 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (138)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (96)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (159)
  • Easily interchangeable (130)
  • Lightweight (130)
  • Consistent output (124)
  • Strong construction (98)

Cons

  • Slow focus (38)
  • Heavy (31)
  • Lens creep (30)
  • Poor in low light (30)
  • Blurry focus (10)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (136)
  • Wildlife photos (80)
  • Sports/action (69)
  • Macro photography (55)
  • Low light (49)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (93), Casual photographer (52), Semi-pro photographer (35), Enthusiast (26), Semi-professional (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (144), 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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1.0

Very disappointed.

By chemgen

from North Brunswick, NJ

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Blurry Focus
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

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

    I know that Tamron makes good lens.
    With all those 4-5 star reviews, I bought this for my Nikon D5300. Yes, it works but I just couldn't get sharp enough pictures. If you don't care about blowing up your pictures to look at the details and care less the sharpness of your images, this would be ok lens for the price.
    After simple auto focus test, I found that it always way-back focuses. To be fair and to make sure the problem is not caused my own D5300, I pulled out all my other nikon and sigma lenses and did the same test. Only this Tamron lens failed the test.

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    5.0

    Easy to use!

    By Margot

    from NYC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    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:

      I am an artist, not a professional photographer, so having a lens that can do a lot of different things for a good price was all I needed. This seems to help me take great photos of my art and designs... from up close to far away.

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      5.0

      Great lens!

      By Amy

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None so far

      Best Uses

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

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

      I bought this lens as an alternative to my 35mm that I use to shoot concerts. I also wanted a lens with a zoom so I could start doing wildlife photography. And this lens can be used for both of those scenarios. It was very inexpensive and works EXCELLENT with my Nikon D3100. I would recommend this lens to anyone who asked about it or anyone looking for a new lens.

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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

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      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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          5.0

          Great all around lens!

          By jayp

          from sacramento california

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          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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            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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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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

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                        • 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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                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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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                            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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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              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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