Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD

Last updated (01 April’12):
- Review by SLRGear.com

Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD is a macro zoom lens. The lens features 18-200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5-6.3. The lens construction has 15 elements in 13 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 75 to 7 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 17.7 inches and has a filter size of 62mm. The Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD lens weighs 14 ounces and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 3.3 inches long.

Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Reviews

SLRGear.com reviews the Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD and writes;
“Chromatic aberration is high at both ends of the zoom range (wide and telephoto), but is actually quite low over a broad range of medium focal lengths. Vignetting is very low, with a maximum of about 1/3 stop at wide angle and maximum aperture. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photoreview.com.au reviews the Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD and writes;
“Tamron’s AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II lens is more remarkable for what it can do than for its faults. As a lightweight, all-in-one solution for everyday picture-taking it’s a good performer on the whole and would make a fine travelling companion, especially if you don’t make large prints. “
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Tamronlensreview.com reviews the Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD and writes;
“Center is very sharp on all focal length. The optimal aperture for the wide end (18 to 34mm) is f/5.6. For normal and telephoto end (35 to 200mm) the optimal aperture is f/8. Border is also quite sharp, except on 18mm at f/3.5 and on 200mm at f/6.3 (due to vignetting).”
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Photozone.de reviews the Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD and writes;
“The build quality of the lens is actually quite fine with pretty tight tolerances (aka no significant wobbling) but the subjective quality reception isn’t all that great due to the used materials which have a distinctive plastic touch….Both the zoom as well as the focus ring operate quite smooth.”
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Kenrockwell.com reviews the Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD and writes;
“This is a pretty good lens if you want a do-it-all lens. For the same money you can get both the Nikon 18 – 55 and 55 -200 lenses and get much less distortion for the same price, but you have to carry two smaller lenses and change them as needed. “
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Cameralabs.com reviews the Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD and writes;
“Unsurprisingly a lens with this kind of focal range is rarely going to perform as well as one with a shorter range, but we were impressed overall by the results possible. Certainly unless you’re into extreme wide or telephoto work, or demand the ultimate quality, you could really be very happy with one of these lenses. Indeed many photographers could fit one and never take it off again – and that’s not only highly convenient but also greatly reduces the potential for dust to enter the camera body.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD User Reviews

Nice amateur lens | Rating: ★★★☆☆
“I had the Tamron 24-135 lens and really loved it but it accidentally was dropped and broke so I replaced it with this because it was cheaper and I wanted to try the wider 18mm. It turns out this is an okay lens for casual shooting but I’ve noticed many shots coming back with poor focus points. I love the 18mm and can stand in a small room and still get the whole shot in. The 200mm is decent and seems to focus fine. This is not a lens for the professional but is a nice amateur stay-on-the-camera lens. “ – by Darin Terry

Unbeatable value for money | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Great product, and compact. The perfect choice for a holiday trip without carrying a large volume of photography equipment. The AF is not the quietest, but it is not too bad either. Cannot beat this value for money! “ – by Mario E. Campos

Love the range! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I really like the flexibility of this lens. I also have the 18-55 that came with the camera, and a 70-300, but I found myself changing lenses about every 2-3 shots sometimes, because I take a lot of wide-angle shots, as well as full zoom. I can’t afford the L-series 18-300, and this lens is a good compromise until I can. It is not quite as reliable with my Kenko 1.4 teleconverter, especially on the auto-focus function. However, overall, I’m very satisfied. “ – by LoNita S. Fattic

a dream lens, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I am an old film-photo enthusiast who remembers the days when high quality long lenses cost an arm and a leg. I also spent a few years in the wilderness of point-and-shoot digital cameras and have recently returned to SLR land via a K200D plus this lens. For the price this is an mazing piece of work. Just remember, all tools have some limitations and lenses are no exception. Telephoto lenses are generally for bright daylight, unless you have $3000 to spend and are willing to carry a 10lb bazooka. I use this lens in daylight, and the solidity, versatility and the sharpness are awesome. I have pictures of lions shot at the Bronx zoo at about 40ft MANUALLY FOCUSED; I can count the whiskers! “ – by Samuel P. Kigongo

BEST VALUE FOR THE MONEY | Rating: ★★★★★
“I recently purchased this lens for my Canon EOS Rebel XS and I love it. I use it to take pictures of the birds in my Georgia backyard. The quality of the photos is terrific and the detail is awesome! Amazon was so easy to deal with, I trust them implicitly. If you purchase this lens you will not be disappointed. “ – by G G Kathy

Upgraded from stock lense | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I bought this lens to upgrade from the lense that came with my Rebel XTI. I used the “old” lens (18-50mm) on a two week trip to Scandinavia last year and did not bring a longer one due to luggage limits. I bought this one for a three week trip around the Canadian Maritimes this fall and it provided much more flexibility in the shots I could take using just one lens. As for improved quality of the photos, I guess its hard to say since I sharpen all of my photos and when framing an image in the view finder, I allow for a little cropping during post-processing in Photoshop. I much prefer it to the original lens for the range of shots I can take while travelling without having to switch out lenses.” – by C. Peterson

Great Lens Great Price | Rating: ★★★★★
“I purchased this lens instead of two or three other lenses. I do wish I had the extra money for the Tamron 18-270 lens with vibration reduction but for the amount extra I could not justify it. I was fortunate enough to purchase this lens while Tamron was offering a $60 mail in rebate that i just received the other day. The lens itself is great with no problems at all and arrived on time.” – by P. Eldridge

Great Travel Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“Great travel lens with plenty of versatility. The quality is far from USM glass obviously but for the money and peace of mind knowing how much it costs, you dont have to worry about losing it or getting it stolen. The quality is acceptable and is pretty good for what it is. I would say the photo quality is slightly better then the Canon 18-55mm IS kit lens.” – by T. Friesen

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Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Specifications

Designed for exclusive use on Canon digital SLR cameras with smaller-size imagers, this Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II aspherical macro zoom lens is ideal for a host of situations. The high-power zoom lens–which offers an equivalent focal length of 28-300mm in 35mm format–adds versatility to your lens menu, zooming from a true wide perspective to an ultra tele zoom, all in an amazingly easy-to-use design. As a result, the lens is ideal for everything from landscape shots to sports and wildlife photography. The lens also incorporates several of Tamron’s proprietary core technologies, including aspherical elements that minimize chromatic aberration, a multiple cam mechanism, and an integrated focus cam design. The technologies combine to create the world’s lightest, most compact 11.1x digital zoom lens. Other features include an angle of view of 75 to 7 degrees, a minimum focusing distance of 17.7 inches, and a 62mm filter diameter. All Tamron lenses carry a six-year warranty.

Note: The Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II zoom lens is not designed for conventional cameras or digital cameras with image sensors larger than 24mm x 16mm.

Specifications

* Focal length: 18-200mm
* Maximum aperture: f/3.5-6.3
* Lens construction: 15 elements in 13 groups
* Angle of view: 75 to 7 degrees
* Type of zooming: Rotation
* Diaphragm blades: 7
* Minimum aperture: f/22
* Minimum focusing distance: 17.7 inches
* Macro magnification ratio: 1:3.7 (at f=200mm)
* Filter size: 62mm
* Corresponding mounts: Canon
* Lens hood: Yes, flower shaped
* Dimensions: 2.9 inches in diameter and 3.3 inches long
* Weight: 14 ounces
* Warranty: 6 years


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