I stopped by the only decent camera store in town wanting to look at a Tamron 18-270 and 10-24. Both are new. I have never had a Tamron. I have had 2 Sigmas (kept 1, sold 1), and 1 Tokina that I still have. I am looking at the 18-270 for a lens for my soon to be here D40x. I just want an all around wide range lens so I don't have to carry any more (for lite traveling, whole reason I bought the D40x). I am looking at the 10-24 becasue I want a wide lens. Widest I have now is a Nikon 17-35 f2.8d. So 25.5mm on the digitals. My local store who stocks Tamron doesn't have either and said they will not carry them. Special order only. Has anyone actually handled one? I have read Tamrons feel on the cheepish side. I sold my Sigma 170-500 about 5 months after buying it, due to the cheapish feeling and lens creep. Want to order the lenses in a couple days so they will be here before I leave for work again.