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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.
Is the 'higher' model worth the extra spent?
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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.
If you've not seen them, both are reviewed on EPZ here.
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.
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.
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. )
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.
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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