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Tamron 28-200MM F/3.8-5.6 XR Aspherical (IF) Macro AF

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Review Date: Nov 14, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Superb travel/one lens does all. light and compact (compared to similar). Excellent price. Bright, sharp and quick to focus in all light levels (except pitch black)
Cons:
A little soft at 28mm. Difficult to use hand held at 200mm. Minor distortion at extremes of focal length.

Have used the lens for over 3 years. I think it is fantastic value for money and from 35mm - 130mm, the lens is faultless. Below 35mm some softness creeps in, getting worse the closer to 28mm you get.
Above 130mm camera shake starts to become a factor in handheld shots, if using a tripod then this is not an issue.

There is some image distortion at the extremes of the focal lengths but this is not bad enough to stop me regularly using both 28mm and 200mm.

I still use mine and am overall very pleased with it.