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Tamron 18-200mm vs 18-270mm

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    Cookie_Monster
    Cookie_Monster e2 Member 2Cookie_Monster vcard Germany1 Constructive Critique Points
    18 Oct 2013 - 6:12 AM

    Contemplating which one to get. The aim is to have an allrounder which allows me to take land-city-seascapes as well as close ups/details to avoid carrying all the gear on short trips.
    Any thoughts?
    Is the 'higher' model worth the extra spent?

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    gala
    gala  1632 forum posts United Kingdom
    18 Oct 2013 - 8:48 AM

    In my experience, the 18-270 isn't that sharp as higher end and not quite as good as some of the Nikon kit lenses. However, (and this is a very big however), mine has been across the world, up mountains and is very robust. The distortion isn't that huge and I would say that it is worth it for just having the one lens with a very big range that seems to be able to take the knocks.

    I've not tried the 18-200 so can't comment on that.

    franken
    franken e2 Member 123126 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
    18 Oct 2013 - 9:35 AM

    If you've not seen them, both are reviewed on EPZ here.

    http://www.ephotozine.com/reviews/interchangeable-lenses-46/p-0

    Ken

    Chant57
    Chant57 e2 Member 8372 forum postsChant57 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
    18 Oct 2013 - 1:35 PM

    I have the 18-270 and bought it based onThis road test article on ephotozine. It's a very capable lens and great value for money.

    discreetphoton
    discreetphoton Site Moderator 93453 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
    18 Oct 2013 - 6:01 PM

    Here's some more info from that road test (which I ran) that might help you.

    Noteworthy posts about the 18-270
    Why the 18-270 may be the perfect travel lens

    It's worth having one. Honestly.

    Cookie_Monster
    Cookie_Monster e2 Member 2Cookie_Monster vcard Germany1 Constructive Critique Points
    18 Oct 2013 - 8:47 PM

    Love the London sample photos as I've been there many times and that makes a photo of the Gherkin taken from the London Eye so much meaningful! Amazing shot.

    Funnily enough I just traveled to Rome this summer so the second review with the photos was a perfect example as well.

    I think I made up my mind.
    (Luckily I have a supportive and generous husband. Smile)

    SlowSong
    SlowSong e2 Member 64430 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
    19 Oct 2013 - 10:09 AM

    The 18-270mm is light and rugged. I love this lens and bought the latest version after reading discreetphoton's blog. One of my best purchases.

    Last Modified By SlowSong at 19 Oct 2013 - 10:09 AM
    seahawk
    seahawk e2 Member 7557 forum postsseahawk vcard United Kingdom
    25 Oct 2013 - 6:00 PM

    The 18-270 is good but quality seems to be variable - Tamron's quality control seems to be patchy. If you're lucky enough to get a good copy it's great, otherwise... I tried one in my local shop - very unhappy with the results. I ended up with the latest Sigma 18-250mm, very lightweight, small (62mm) filter size and a great walk-around do-it-all lens. I thought the build quality was way better than the Tamron.

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