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Old 14-09-2006, 13:53   #1 (permalink)
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Question Best Walkabout Lens - New Tamron 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro

Do you reckon this will become the most useful walkabout lens with the 18-250mm range ?


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This new AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro is the ultimate high power zoom lens boasting the world’s greatest zoom ratio of 13.9X, a milestone that Tamron, the pioneer of high power zoom lenses, has achieved by commanding its technologies to further expand the capabilities of high power zoom lenses.



The new zoom lens covers up to a 250mm telephoto focal length, the longest focal length among zoom lenses that start with an 18mm wideangle focal length available on the market for exclusive use with digital SLR cameras. Thus, it provides an impressive telephoto effect that is entirely different from the effect obtainable at 200mm on conventional high power zoom lenses. The new zoom lens will satisfy the expectations of photographers that are used to the 300mm tele-end of Tamron’s AF28-300mm Di (Model A061) when used on a digital SLR camera.

Di (Digitally integrated)-II lenses are designed for exclusive use with digital SLR cameras having APS-C size imagers. Di-II lenses are not designed for use with 35mm film cameras nor digital SLR cameras with image sensors larger than 24 x 16mm.

The ratio Tamron uses to convert 35mm focal length equivalents is 1.55X.

Delivery date, prices and more information on this model will be available at Photokina 2006.

Compare Prices for Tamron 18-250mm Lens in USA & in UK
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Re: Best Walkabout Lens - New Tamron 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macr

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Do you reckon this will become the most useful walkabout lens with the 18-250mm range ?
Depends on image quality really I suppose. Looks very usable though.
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Re: Best Walkabout Lens - New Tamron 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macr

Anyone used this lens yet? How's the glass? What kind of results can be expected??
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I doubt that we'll see this lens for some time yet. They are not even going to release a delivery date until Photokina 2006 according to the press release. I've got to say I'm suspicious of lenes with huge zoom ranges. If they were that good, there would be no market for the others, and you don't see many pros or serious photographes using this sort of lens.

You could argue that this lens is aimed at the hobby photographer to be the 'most useful walkabout lens', and to that end I could see it being used by someone who wants just that. It would have to be very good indeed to find it's way onto the camera of anyone who is more demanding of his/her gear.
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Re: Best Walkabout Lens - New Tamron 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macr

I have the 18-200 and it's a cracking walkabout......but......it starts to get soft over 175. So...I don't fancy this lens's chances over 200 unless you have a tripod.
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I use the Tamron 18-200 a lot, especially for site photography where you really don't want to be changing lenses. Sharpness is pretty good provided you don't shoot wide open - it's best at f/8 or above - and photos I've taken with it have been on a few A4 magazine covers, so it'll do for me.

However, I seldom use it above about 150mm - there's no IS, and for longer shots the Canon 70-300 IS is better, so I don't think I'd use the extra length of the new lens. BTW Tamron (and Sigma) tend to be a bit optimistic about focal length. The Tamron 18-200 is nearer 17-175 in reality, and the Sigma 18-200 doesn't seem to go much above 160mm.

It's still a very useful lens if you want to travel light or avoid lens swapping, so the new one would be worth a look if the price is right.
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