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Tamron 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) AF

18_250mm
Review Date: Feb 5, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $399.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Excellent for one lens solution to leave bag behind, .45m MFD through range for quick macro, weight, compact at wide angle. Zoom lock at 18mm.
Cons:
none for what it is. It's not meant to be a fast lens. Good lighting, tripod or steady hand is a must. Real long at 250mm. Hood is small and flimsy compared to older Tamron 28-200 I have.

You have to spend 2X - 3X as much to get the lower f for speed at that zoom range. I know that's too rich for me right now. I find it's great for well lit shooting and for a walkaround lens outdoors. I plan on getting a 580 flash to help me out if/when needed. I take a tripod wherever I go so I can use the long range of the lens. If indoors, I have been using a 50mm 1.8 so I have low light situations covered (night time in the house). For $500 (this lens and 50mm 1.8) I can't think of a better combo.

Bottom line, it's an excellent upgrade from kit if you can't quite take the next leap into L lenses just yet. I've read up on most of the lenses in this price range and I don't see anything that offers what this lens does.

I use this lens on an Xti and consider myself a quick learning intermediate. If I had to shoot for a living, I'd want faster lenses, but that's a lot of money! If it were real important, I could always rent a nice L lens for an event.

-Eric