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Tamron AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Lens 35mm Zoom

4.5 star rating
                      4.5 / 5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $529.57
Focal Length : 18mm - 250mm | Max. Aperture : f/3.5-f/6.3  | Focus : Autofocus  

  • Camera FormatDigital SLR
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Focal Length18mm - 250mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/3.5-f/6.3
    Min Aperturef/22
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWith Macro Lens
    Macro Magnificationx 0.29
    Closest Focusing Distance17.7 in
    Diaphragm Blades7 Blades
    Picture Angle6.38 - 75.55 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size62 mm
    Groups / Elements16 Elements in 13 Groups
    Designed for Digital CameraYes
    Diameter2.9 in
    Length3.3 in
    Weight15.2 oz
    Product ID37462428

Product Description

Di II Lenses are designed for exclusive use on digital cameras with smaller-size imagers and inherit all of the benefits of our Di products. These lenses are not designed for conventional cameras and digital cameras with image sensors larger than 24mm x 16mm.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Class A a Casual

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2008

Strengths:    I like it a lot for its versatility. Having 18mm at the low end of the focal range is great. The 10mm difference compared to a zoom that starts with 28mm is dramatic. In comparison, 50mm more or less at the end of the focal range do not matter that much. In many tests the 18-250mm has been found to be a great improvement over the Tamron 18-200. (Note that the Tamron and Pentax versions of the 18-250mm lens are identical modulo cosmetics.)

With body shake reduction activated, I found that I could take tack sharp shots even at 250mm without a tripod, with proper holding techniques.

I love its close focus ability of 45cm throughout the entire zoom range. Strictly speaking its not a true macro (1:1 magnification factor) as its magnification factor is "just" 1:3.5. This is due to the fact that changing the focus also changes the effective focal length. Bob Atkins reckons that the effective focal length of the 18-250mm is ~125mm at its close focus distance of 45cm. (See his Tamron 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 AF Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Review (http://www.bobatkins.com/photography...on_18_250.html) for his findings on this matter.) Still you can make some great macro shots with it with an incredibly low barrel distortion of just 0.01%. I've heard one person moan about focus influencing focal length -- a common side effect with internal focus lenses -- but frankly I couldn't care less. I get maximum zoom for objects that are far away, plus great macro capability. A 300mm telephoto with a close focusing distance of just 150cm gives less magnification.

An advantage of the internal focusing system (IF) is that you can use a polarising filter, which won't turn when you are changing the focus.

Like many modern designs from Tamron/Sigma, the 18-250mm optimises the centre sharpness in favour of better average across the field performance. That means that you'll get excellent centre sharpness but corners won't be near up to that level, in particular not with higher apertures. I believe this is a good decision as you'll get the chance to get great IQ for where it matters. Often things that happen in the corners are not important and will not be in the plane of focus anyhow. If you want to take landscape pictures that are sharp from corner to corner, near to far, then you'll need much more expensive lenses or, best, a view camera. For a print size up to 8x10, the 18-250mm will deliver A/A+ performance in almost all focal length and aperture settings and even with 11x14 prints you'll only get down to a B with some settings. (Source: http://www.popphoto.com/cameralenses...-ii-macro.html)

My copy doesn't suffer from zoom creep. The barrel will extend on its own when you point it downwards and shake it hard but in normal shooting conditions, it will stay at the same focal length.

Weaknesses:    At this price point and the very high zoom range, there are obviously some downsides:

You'll observe vignetting across the whole zoom range unless you stop down the lens sufficiently.

The lens isn't fast to begin with (f/3.5-6.3) and the need to stop it down in order to avoid vignetting / increase corner performance doesn't make it faster. However, with body shake reduction and very good low light performance from my K100D I've always been a very happy user so far. Even low light indoor shots worked well for me. I have never tried a prime yet so I don't have the comparison but on an absolute level, I'm more than happy.

The barrel distortion at 18mm is quite high but in normal scenes you'll only really notice it by comparison with a corrected version. This, and some CA (chromatic aberration) can be easily corrected with post processing (e.g. Photo Laboratory or Raw Therapee).

Bottom Line:   
This lens has been called the "undisputed king of superzooms" (http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/p...tili-zoom.html).

For specific applications (corner to corner sharpness, 1:1 macro, available light shooting, etc.) you'll obviously find specialist lenses that will outperform the 18-250mm. However, they will also be much more expensive and you'll have to be prepared to change lenses all the time. This is not only cumbersome and may make you not take a shot sometimes, but also increases the risk of getting dust/pollen on your sensor when changing lenses outdoors. In terms of versatility I think the 18-250 is hard to beat and it provides remarkable optical performance, not only with respect to its zoom range, but also in absolute terms. If your print sizes are 11x14 and lower, I believe you'll be very happy with this lens all the time. Used within certain parameters, it will provide outstanding performance for even bigger print sizes.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by NoKnees a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2008

Strengths:    Wide range, wide to tele without needing to swap lenses..
Good focus speed. Not as fast as a HS lens, but not as slow as most older lenses..
Sharpness when stopped down is very good.
No signs of vignetting anywhere...
As good as Sony version for $100 less...

Weaknesses:    Dust seems to get into the lens easily. After only a few months, there were definitely cloth type fibers showing as well as random little dust particles. So far no issues with the photos, but I've never seen this before, even on 20+ year old Minolta zoom lenses that I have...
Manual Focus is stiff. Not easy to work with...

Bottom Line:   
Best do-it-all walk around lens for an APS-C sized DSLR... At least in my opinion.. :) It's not GREAT! at anything, but good at everything.

I've shot everything from landscapes, outdoor sporting events, to wildlife. It works... Best results are to not shoot wide open, but it's usable wide from short to midrange. Over 150mm or so you should really stop it down to maintain sharpness. Best results at 250mm for me were f71 - f8 or so...

This was tested on the Sony a700 where I've had good results with focus speed and accuracy.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   2nd Hand

Similar Products Used:   Tamron 18-200
Sony 18-250
Minolta 28-135
Minolta 28-75 f2.8
Minolta 70-210 f4 "beercan"
Minolta 100-300
Quantaray 75-300

Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kevin dean a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2007

Strengths:    compact, light weight, good range.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I have been using this lens for about 3 months and so far I am very happy with the results.
It is no problem to carry this lens around all day due to its compact size and very light weight. It has become my go to all around lens due to it's range.
I recently went on a trip to Lake Tahoe and pretty much used this lens exclusively, only changing when I needed a longer lens.
I use a Sony Alpha body and have taken a lot of pictures with this lens and have no complaints at all.
I recommend this lens very highly.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   B&H Photo

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ponderpics a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2007

Strengths:    light weight
wide angle and good zoom.

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
I didn't realize how much I was going to like this lens. I've been to Europe twice and to the smokies since buying this lens and I've learned that I don't need to take any other lens with me except maybe my 60mm macro to the Smokies. It is really an all purpose lens which means that I don't need to change lens all the time like I did before. It is light weight and relatively small so my camera and lens are easy to carry. The pictures I take seem to be sharp and the color is good so I have no complaints. I use this on my Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTI. I highly recommend this lens.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Penn Camera

Similar Products Used:   Canon EFS 75-300 is

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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