Tamron Auto Focus 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras (Model A14E)
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- Photo Filter Thread Size: 62mm
- Flower-shaped Lens hood
- 6-Year Warranty
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF-S||Canon EF-S||—||Canon EF-S||Canon EF||Sony/Minolta Alpha DT|
|Focus Type||Micromotor||Auto/Manual||Auto/Manual||Micro-type ultrasonic||Micro-type ultrasonic||Micro-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||2.91 x 3.31 x 2.91 in||3.1 x 3.1 x 4 in||4.1 x 5.3 x 4.1 in||2.91 x 3.5 x 2.91 in||3.11 x 3.86 x 3.11 in||2.91 x 3.46 x 2.91 in|
|Item Weight||0.88 lb||1.39 lbs||1.25 lbs||1.04 lbs||1.32 lbs||0.99 lb|
|Lens Type||Macro||Multi-purpose||Macro lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 millimeters||250 millimeters||300 millimeters||250 millimeters||200 millimeters||270 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||18 millimeters||18 millimeters||70 millimeters||18 millimeters||18 millimeters||18 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 millimeters||—||62 millimeters||62 millimeters||72 millimeters||62 millimeters|
Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
From the Manufacturer
Tamron's original development of proprietary core technologies such as Aspherical element production, Multiple Cam Mechanism and Integrated Focus Cam design lend to the creation of the world's lightest, most compact 11x zoom lens made for digital SLR cameras.
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.
Extra Refractive Index Glass (XR)
Low Dispersion (LD)
Low dispersion (LD) glass elements in a lens help reduce chromatic aberration; the tendency of light of different colors to come to different points of focus at the image plane. Chromatic aberration reduces the sharpness of an image, but glass with an extremely lowdispersion index, has less of a tendency to separate (defract) a ray of light into a rainbow of colors. This characteristic allows the lens designer to effectively compensate for chromatic aberration at the center of the field (on axis), a particular problem at long focal lengths (the telephoto end of the zoom range), and for lateral chromatic aberration (towards the edges of the field) that often occurs at short focal lengths (the wide-angle end of the zoom range.)
Internal Focus (IF)
Internal focusing (IF) provides numerous practical benefits to photographers including a non-rotating front filter ring that facilitates the positioning of polarizing and graduated filters, and more predictable handling because the lens length does not change during focusing. Even more important, Tamron’s Internal Focusing (IF) system provides a much closer minimum focusing distance (MFD) throughout its entire focusing range. In addition, IF improves optical performance by minimizing illumination loss at the corners of the image field, and helps to suppress other aberrations that become more troublesome at different focusing positions.
Another original Tamron mechanical engineering concept is the Zoom Lock (ZL), a simple convenience feature that prevents undesired extension of the lens barrel when carrying the camera/lens unit on a neck strap.
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Price is worth it:
So you want a wide range of focals but you don't want to buy an 85mm 100mm, and 200mm and lug them around? Maybe it isn't in the budget. This lens is a great solution, and very versatile telephoto zoom lens.
Big help with Ghosting and Flaring:
Ghosting and flaring are a nightmare to any photographer. The reason ghosting and flaring occur can be directly linked to the lens. To counter this, buying a filter may be the most reasonable thing to do. This unnecessary cost doesn't assure you that ghosting and flaring won't occur because there are filters that have been known to aggravate the situation.
It looks like a hopeless situation but there is an awesome solution by the name of Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro zoom lens. It is mainly for the Canon Digital SLR cameras (model A14E). It can also work with any EOS digital cameras. Tamron's macro zoom lens has internal coating that reduces ghosting and flaring. It rocks the highly recommended flowered shaped lens hood. This external design has been known to bear elevated presentation and high precision images. The extra refractive index glass that makes this lens also reduces aberration by winding light rays at sharper angles thus reducing the physical lens without compromising on the speed of the lens. You have to give it to Tamron for having core features in-built.
Good Internal Filter & Optics:
The IF (Internal Focus) has a static anterior filter ring that aids in effective handling by ensuring that the lens does not change during focusing. This IF also provides minimum focusing distance (MFD) during the focusing period. The zoom lock in the lens thwarts unnecessary leeway of the lens tub when carrying the camera around the neck. Tamron's macro zoom lens allows you to take excellent images with switching lens from close range to far away by zooming the shots. This walk with lens allows one to take wide angle shots (around 18mm-20mm) and if you want to get a great telephoto lens of around 200mm, then all you have to do is twist the zoom ring. The only shortcoming is that this lens does not have an inbuilt image stabilizer so a tripod would come in handy if you need the lens to be steady.
There can blurriness and deficiency of sharpness at lengths over 100mm and a tripod would compensate for this. Auto focusing is also slow if you are focusing on a slow moving object. With so many pros you would expect Tamron Macro zoom lens to cost a leg and an arm. This lens goes for $199.00. Nikon's 18-200mm VR lens goes for $700 yet it does the same task as the Tamron's lens. With Tamron, you get value for money and their 6 year US warranty is a reassurance that their product delivers on what it promises.
Focus Can be Slow:
Auto focusing is also slow if you are focusing on a slow moving object. If you are trying to focus on a dog playing in a yard, forget about it. It just will not do the job. It will frusterate you to no end. Also for sports, or shooting your children playing in the yard, it is not a great tool for that.
The only thing I noticed that bothered a little is some purple fringing at the higher magnifications and larger apertures. Usually only noticeable if you are really looking for it. I started using f8 and iso 400 to 1600 for everything and got quality equal to any of my walk around lenses.
I bought mine off the "USED" tab from "ewave7" also shown as "EWAVE". It says used like new, but it seems to be a brand new "grey market" lens.
This means you get a new lens, but the only stateside warranty you get is probably the 30 days that they provide. The "factory" warranty probably requires returning to Japan. All this doesn't bother me, as I don't think warranties are usually worth much anyway. I will take the $50.00 savings.
The price is only $149.99 as compared to the other new sellers here, and they may be selling "grey market" also and just not mentioning it.
I am pleased with the performance of this lens. A similar lens by Sony (or respective camera manufacturer) is several times more expensive.
I have compared this lens with the stock lens (18-55mm) Sony sent with my camera. I tried both the lenses at 18 and 55 positions, with auto focus and manual focus, with flash on and with flash off. Visual comparison of the photos looked similar to my eyes even after I blew up the images on my computer monitor. The only difference I see is that the Tamron produces more fish-eye type distortion on the extreme edges (making straight walls appear slightly curved). Apparently that is bound to happen as the number of lens elements increase in a high-zoom range lenses.
I was expecting blurry pictures at full zoom, but didn't find any. I don't know whether to attribute this good news to the lens or the Sony camera. Regardless, I am very happy.
Overall, I am impressed with this lens and I am telling my friends.
I used to use 50mm only, but found that it was too limiting because of the cropped nature of my entry-level DSLR. I couldn't take any group shots or any photo without going much further from the subject. That was a huge problem when I went to a trip to Europe too, because I had to stand so far back but then so many people got in the way between me and the subject.
This lens is much more flexible, and it is mostly what stays on my camera. I only use the 50mm now for portrait shots.