I have been snooping around a bit looking for a good all-around lens that won't break the bank too bad. I am looking at the Tamron AF18-270MM F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD lens. I am a beginner, and had the opportunity to go down to my local camera shop and play with it a bit and was very impressed, so my question is am I correct in that this is a good lens for the money? Thanks in advance. Ed
I am very happy with my Tammy 18-270. However, I do occasionally have an issue with the dead battery syndrome. All that needs to be done is to remove the lens and reattach it. A little twist is all it needs. Simple to fix but irritating and causes one to miss shots.
I would say that it is optically better than the Nikon 18-200VR and the VC is much more effective. I will choose this over the Nikon any day despite its shortcomings.
I got to compare these head to head at a convention. The Tammy could not grab focus as well in low light as the Nikon. It often searched and sometimes could not grab focus at all. The Nikon was very fast to grab focus and did not fail.
If you will be using indoors with low light I would favor the Nikon. When the Tammy did focus the image quality was very good. I have the Nikon 18-200 vrII and am very happy with it.
I did only shoot about 10 shots with each and it may not be fair but it was enough for me to decide on the Nikon. The 6.3 vs 5.6 aperture max likely has something to do with it. this was not a scientific comparison and if I shot both exactly at 200 focal length at 5.6 aperture things may be different.
You should test side by side and decide for yourself if this would be an issue.
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