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Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II

18_200mm
Review Date: Jan 10, 2008 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Price, weight, I guess.
Cons:
Noisy AF, hunts a lot in low light, not too sharp, not very fast, pronounced CA.

I bought this lens before I knew much about lens quality, and while I loved the ability to only use a single lens for all my needs, I was rather disappointed in the results I was getting.

After buying a couple of primes (recommended by a pro), and trying out some more high end Canon lenses, I became aware of why exactly I was unhappy with the pictures.

The lens isn't very sharp compared to, well, anything else I own, and the CA, although easily fixable in post, is quite pronounced (2 pixels) at very short or very long focal lengths.

It's also not very fast, making hand held long range shots next to impossible, and indoor shooting without the aid of a flash is just not going to happen.

After it had been collecting dust for a few months, I eventually sold it.