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

18_250mm
Review Date: Apr 17, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $479.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Size, Weight, Versatility, Range
Cons:
As mentioned, not a low light lens but that's not what it's made to handle.

I bought the Tamron 18-250 as an "all around" lens for my 30D. On receiving it I was really surprised at the size and weight of it for a superzoom lens. In testing I found my copy to have excellent center sharpness across the whole focal length. Edge sharpness at 250mm is somewhat lacking if you "pixel peep" at 100%. Distortion at 18mm is well controlled and I have seen worse for sure.
To date there is one review on the net and I pretty much agree with most of his evaluation. Just "google" for reviews on it.
I also recently picked up a Pentax K10D and to be honest have been checking daily on the availability of the 18-250 for it. That should sum up my thoughts on the lens Smile. Gerry