Sony 18-200mm vs the Tamron 18-200mm lens

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by tranceplant, May 6, 2008.

  1. tranceplant

    tranceplant TPF Noob!

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    I just thought I'd share with you guys since I didn't find a lot of review on the Sony 18-200mm lens online.

    A few weeks ago I found the tamron 18-200mm on special at the camera store. (lensandshutter.com) It was selling for $299CAD so I got it on my Sony mount and I was not very happy with the result plus I found a little chip on the lens even tho it was new. Now that happens and I wanted to have it exchanged simply, but they were out of stock so I just paid the 200$ more for the Sony equivalent and I was extremely surprised with the quality and sharpness difference. The sony is much faster and much much more quiet. The 200$ made a huge difference and I will never go back to any tamron lens. Now, I read somewhere that rumours are saying that Tamron may have actually made the lens for sony, but I have no way to verify that.

    I don't know how it is called in English, but you know when you zoom too much you get purple around your lines. Well, you get a lot lot less on the sony lens. Also the quality and the focus is made much easier on the sony. Also I found my shots are much less darker and much better exposed on my sony lens.

    In conclusion, I am not a pro and I don't know all the technicalities on the field, but as an amateur photographer I am much more pleased with the sony 18-200mm.

    Hope it will help at least one person. I really wish I had read about someone that tried or compared both.

    :)
     
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    ChickenFriedRyce TPF Noob!

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    I guess I'm one of the only other Sony people on the forum.

    If you check out dyxum.com , you can find tons of information on A-mount lenses and you can read so many reviews. I heard that the 18-200 Sony had less IQ than the 18-250 Sony. Not sure about the Tamron. I heard that the Sigma 70-300 APO DG was a good choice.
     
  3. krackobvius

    krackobvius TPF Noob!

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    It has been very useful for me! I'm just making a comparison between Sony and Tamron Lens to decide which I purchase.
    Thanks a lot.
     

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