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Tamron 18-200mm vs 18-270mm

18 Oct 2013 6:12AM
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 4 1.1k United Kingdom
18 Oct 2013 8:48AM
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 Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2013 9:35AM
If you've not seen them, both are reviewed on EPZ here.


Chant57 Plus
12 395 3 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2013 1:35PM
I have the 18-270 and bought it based on This road test article on ephotozine. It's a very capable lens and great value for money.
discreetphoton 13 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2013 6:01PM
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.
18 Oct 2013 8:47PM
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 Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
19 Oct 2013 10:09AM
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.
seahawk 10 1.2k United Kingdom
25 Oct 2013 6:00PM
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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