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

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.
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.