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Tamron18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 25 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (14)
  • Durable (12)
  • Easily interchangeable (11)
  • Consistent output (10)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (9)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (17)
  • Sports/action (9)
  • Travel (7)
  • Wildlife photos (7)
  • Everyday (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (11), Casual photographer (3), Enthusiast (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Well suited for its purpose

I use this product as a sort of "catch all" lens. I normally shoot prime lenses, but, sometimes need a zoom for practical reasons. Rather than try to guess...Read complete review

I use this product as a sort of "catch all" lens. I normally shoot prime lenses, but, sometimes need a zoom for practical reasons. Rather than try to guess between the two 18-55 and 55-210 lenses, I wanted one that covered that same basic range. I shoot any subject with this lens.So far, it's a good size. It handles fine. I have no problems using it for hours at a time. The only minor quibbles are that the manual focus ring may be a little more sensitive than I'd like (though with practice I no longer bump it on accident, sending myself into DMF manual focus mode) and the motors are a bit noisier than the regular kit lens.Optically it's as good or better than any other super zoom I've used. It's almost identical to the Sony E 18-200 in most respects with slightly better aberration control.The vibration control seems very effective, almost as if the lens was stuck in mid air.I have nothing particularly bad to say but will point out that this is obviously a super zoom lens and behaves like one. That means you're getting optical quality compromises in order to achieve a small and flexible package. It's heavier than most lenses and you'll need to expect that to impact handling. That said, if you ever used any super zoom from Nikon or even other Tamron lenses, then you can understand what to expect and having the right expectations will leave you satisfied with this lens.

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Not fully compatible with my Sony NEX 7

Travel and family photography.

1.The shutter does not work correctly every time, remains open over 30 sec.
2.When starting the camera it say´s sometimes...Read complete review

Travel and family photography.

1.The shutter does not work correctly every time, remains open over 30 sec.
2.When starting the camera it say´s sometimes "unknown lens" and it is not possible to take any photos.
3.Sometimes the camera (Sony Nex 7) is totally dead.

When changing the kit lens, sony 18-55mm, the camera, however, works ok.

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2.0

Not fully compatible with my Sony NEX 7

By grandfather

from Espoo, Finland

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Compability Wit Nex 7
  • The Automatic Exposure

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography

Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

Travel and family photography.

1.The shutter does not work correctly every time, remains open over 30 sec.
2.When starting the camera it say´s sometimes "unknown lens" and it is not possible to take any photos.
3.Sometimes the camera (Sony Nex 7) is totally dead.

When changing the kit lens, sony 18-55mm, the camera, however, works ok.

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5.0

Great lens

By LE in Alabama

from Fairhope, AL

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

    I am not an expert photographer by any means; I know just enough to get by. I recently returned from a vacation trip to the Grand Canyon and although I took several other lenses, I found myself using this one pretty much exclusively. The convenience of the zoom means everything when you want to photograph everything!

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    4.0

    pretty good, not thrilling

    By Miriam

    from Virgina

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • One Lens Does Most

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus

    Best Uses

    • All in one
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

    Things that are great: one lens, many focal lengths. Less great, the longer focal lengths are not as good as the shorter ones. I was hoping to use it to shoot some events. It is only so-so at the longer lengths. I bought this to go with my NEX-7. This set is to be a lightweight sub for my big DSLR and lens.

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    5.0

    Another Great Tamron Lens

    By alansf

    from San Francisco, CA

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Solid feel

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

    I bought this as a travel lens. I hate changing lenses when on vacation. I have used several Tamron lenses in the past and they have been great. Quality control is good and I have never been disappointed. I currently use two Tamron lenses on my Nikon D700 and this lens has similar high quality. Autofocus at 200 mm is not ery fast but I think that is a function of the Sony autofocus system not the lens. The trick is to focus before extending the telephoto to the full 200mm.

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    5.0

    This is an excellent purchase

    By Rob

    from Leopold Australia

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • A little slow to focus

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

    This Tamron Lens is an excellent alternative to Sony's example.
    It is a beautiful lens and is a perfect match to the Black NEX7, It produces good sharp contrasting images through zoom ratios.
    The internal focusing mechanism without the body ring turning is good feature

    I am very happy with my purchase from B&H

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    5.0

    A nice surprise - worth getting

    By jon i

    from San Diego

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

      Super super nice - do not get a NEX body with a kit the 18-55 mm lens - get this lens. It is slightly longer than the kit lens retractet and it is not that heavy - it is slightly narrower then the Sony silver 70-200 so it suits the body better - it is also in black - it is a nicer lens then the black Sony 70-200 e-mount which is even more money.I compared all 3 lenses - it was a toss between the older silver Sony and the Tamron as far as speed and quality and use - but with the ligher weight and narrower and being black to match my NEX 7 it was a no brainer. It is not fair to compare this allaround 18-200 lens with a prime lens at its focal lenght - but this lens is absolutly close to the best allaround 18-200 out there - all 18-200 have some weaknesses compared to primes and narrower focal lenghts like 24-70 - but this is a good as it gets - Nice build quality and very quiet.adjusting focal lenght is a bit firmer than the Sony but the great advantage over the Sony is that the Tamron has no lens greep lile the Sony has.The vibration control works well and gives you at least a Stop when hand holding in low light.For events now I can unload the full size DSLR with my Nikor 70-200 2.8 for some periods and just use my 2 Sony NEX bodys - NEX 5n with a 16mm 2.8 for group shots etc. and the NEX 7 with the Tamron - even though I do cary with me the Sony 50mm 1.8 for very low light situations - so a varied aperture lens of course cannot compare with a constant 2.8 lens - but when possible there is a great advantage of the small size of a NEX body and a small lens like the Tamron - not just weight but also when taking candit shots - people feel more relaxed with a smaller camera kit verses the full size DSLR body and say the long 70-200mm 2.8 So allaround a superb allaround lens - not to mention for street photography - traveling with a NEX 5/6/7 and this Tamron 70-200 verses a full size DSLR us a drean - safe your back :)It is about [$] cheaper then the silver Sony - and much better then the black Sony and less money - I only hope that Tamron come out with more lenses to get the e-mount lenses down in price.Compared to the 18-55 mm Sony kit lens this is just a tad heaver and a tad longer detracted - but what a differense in build quailty and reach and out of focus blur - An absolute must have for your NEX body -

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      4.0

      a surprising super-zoom

      By raviv m

      from israel

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Efficient stabilizer
      • Huge Range
      • No lens creep
      • Sharp
      • Silent AF
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Allround
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

      i bought this lens two weeks ago for my NEX7. i have experience with a few lenes from different manufacturers (zooms & primes), but never had a super-zoom before. i needed a travel lens and the Tamron 18-200 seemed the best choise for size, quality and price. i also have very good experience with Tamron 17-50 but didn't expect the same IQ.The bottom line is that the 18-200 has much better optics than i expected. when shooting in good light it's really sharp, has good contrast, vibrant colors and has no isuues like heavy distortions, CA and flare. i guess the NEX7 handles some of these problems typical for long zoom lenses.the build quality is very impressive, lens body made of metal and the size and weight are reasonable. the focus is completely silent, and tha stabilizer is very efficient.When shooting indoors you get to the limits of the lens, especially slow focus. this is typical to super-zooms but still irritating. i use primes indoors instead of the Tamron.Final word: I find this lens a VERY good super zoom, especially the optics, build quality and stabilizer. as long as you understand the limits you'll get great photos.

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      4.0

      Good, but could be a bit better

      By msklbright

      from Honolulu, HI

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus
      • Lens Creep
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Silver):

      I bought this in conjunction with a NEX-7 body. I've used Tamron lenses before and like them as a more affordable option to propritary lenses. My only complaint is the focus creaps sometimes when fully-zoomed.

      Aside from that, it's a good walk-around lens.

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      4.0

      GREAT FOR AIRSHOWS

      By Rosco

      from Sydney Australia

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        Cons

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            Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

            I have a Sony Nex 5N. The 18-55mm lens is good for local photography but not for distant stuff eg events like airshows etc. In these circumstances the 18-200mm lens is great. The wide zoom range makes it easy to locate moving objects with wide angle before zooming in with telephoto. It is portable and powerful. The stabilizer works well and detail / definition of the photos is great. It is a little too big for everyday use.

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            5.0

            Sharp, versatile, balances the camera.

            By Bill

            from Amarillo, Texas

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            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

              Even the kit lens makes the NEX7 essentially unpocketable, so I use it on a neck strap, and this super zoom is not too heavy or bulky for strap use. The shiny surface matches the camera very well, they look like they were made for each other, which of course they were. The lens feels solid and functions smoothly. It is very sharp. It balances the camera well since the left hand has something substantial to hold on to, but like all (except the pancake) NEX lenses it's size looks a little disproportionate to the camera body. I think it is good value for the money; less expensive than the Sony offerings, with essentially the same specs as the new Sony zoom.

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              5.0

              nice superzoom

              By western runner

              from la, ca

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action

              Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Silver):

              relative to other superzooms, this is probably tops. i've extensively used a nikkor 18-200vrii and tamron 18-200 for sony aps-c slts. this lens is as sharp as the nikon and sharper than the other tamron. what puts it over the top is its great build (metal on plastic, nice zoom ring), tight feel, and the best image stabilization i've seen on a lens. given that nex bodies rely on the lens for stabilization, a superzoom really needs it and this lens has better implementation than either the sony 18-55 kit or the 50 1.8. 1/10th sec handheld zoomed in a decent amount has no blur (unless the subject is moving of course). a little large on a 5n, pretty good proportionally to a 7 (i use both). for the price, its a very good all-in-one solution. great for travel and when you don't want to carry all your lenses.

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              5.0

              handy

              By weaning

              from philippines

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Rugged

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action

                Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

                single lens for all the job

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                5.0

                GREAT!!!

                By Robert

                from Miami, fl

                About Me Casual Photographer

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                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video

                Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Silver):

                As a novice photographer, I was truly impressed with the quality of the pictures and ease of use of my new lense. I recently used my lense in Chicago with my 5 year old daughter- the pictures turned out fabulous.

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                5.0

                Surprisingly good value

                By Taos Dan

                from Taos, NM

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

                Bought to use with my NEX-7, and it will likely be my "normal" lens. Nice edge sharpness even wide open, integrates perfectly with the camera. Very fast focus too, and reasonably quiet in video mode (using an external mic). Wish it came with a fitted case for those times when it's off the camera. Only negative is that it is heavy relative to the camera body ... but then pretty much any zoom is going to be heavier than the NEX-7.

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                5.0

                Great alternative to Sony lens

                By Abucat

                from Florida

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

                  Excellent optical performance, supports all camera functions.
                  Great value

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                  4.0

                  So far so good

                  By JD

                  from Lake Stevens, WA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

                    So far I'm loving this lens, which I use as my "walk(ski)around lens on a new NEX-7. I haven't done any formal tests, but it seems to be sharp throughout the range. This combo is very light and responsive for my hiking and skiing adventures in the back-country of Washington's Cascade Range where I spend a lot of my free time.

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                    5.0

                    At least as good as the Sony version.

                    By romazicon

                    from Nevada City, CA

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Great vid only ok stills

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video

                    Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

                    I rented Sony's version of this lens for a week and the IQ is comparable. While IQ with long zooms such as this will never compare with primes, for video work, this type of lens is a fine choice, especially for the NEX-7. This is a solidly constructed lens. Zoom and focus rings operate smoothly. Optical stabilization works well. Black color is a plus as it blends better with the NEX-7. At less than the Sony, the decision to go with this Tamron was an easy one.

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                    5.0

                    Fine

                    By mmok

                    from Charleston, SC

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                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Quality of construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

                      The best features

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                      5.0

                      Great all in one

                      By Pete C

                      from Powder Springs, Ga

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy
                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Video

                      Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

                      The Tamron 18-200 Di III works well on the NEX-5N. A bit front heavy when mounted but necessary to have the 18-200 range and image stabilization.

                      The range and IS along with smooth and quick AF and still be smaller and lighter than the Sony 18-200, made up my mind. The black look was a factor too.

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                      4.0

                      Great all around lens

                      By Sandy

                      from MI

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Home
                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras (Black):

                        I bought this lens for my Nex 5N. I have a dslr camera and have used other super zoom lenses before, so I had reasonable expectations. In certain lighting situations there is "purple fringing", but that is corrected in my photo software. The image quality is very good and I'm quite satisfied with it.

                        There is a known issue with this lens not doing well with the sweep panorama mode...the panoramas are quite blurry. I had read of this problem on a review website, but I went ahead and purchased the lens, gambling that perhaps Tamron had taken care of the problem and that my lens might be a newly manufactured version. Unfortunately mine suffers from this ailment. I didn't return the lens, however, because I don't anticipate doing much with the sweep panorama and I do have the kit lens to use...and besides, I can't stand the thought of being without my 18-200 for the length of time it might take to get it fixed.
                        I love the compact size of the lens and it seems well balanced on the NEX 5N.

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