Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) XR macro - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)

Sample Images

In the field the Tamron proved to be a quite decent performer when avoiding the weak spots mentioned above. Surpringly the lens wasn't overly prone to flare in contra light.

Here're some sample images taken with an EOS 350D and RAW-converted via RSE 2006.

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 67.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/1600s
Size 2133x3113
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/500s
Size 2311x3471
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 95.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/1000s
Size 2311x3471
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Exposure Data: f/6.3 @ 1/2500s
Size 2311x3471

Verdict

There's no such thing as a free lunch and the Tamron is no exception here. The extreme zoom range combined with the small lens dimensions comes at cost of some compromises. One is the rather slow max. aperture which limits the creative potential regarding shallow depth-of-field and the other compromise is, naturally, optical quality. In absolute terms the lens shows rather extreme distortions at the 18mm and vignetting as well as border quality don't impress either. The latter is also true for the 200mm setting. Nonetheless the lens is capable to deliver decent quality images under controlled conditions - reads: f/8 (see also the sample shots). In the field the Tamron AF 18-200mm XR felt far more convincing than the Sigma AF 18-200mm DC thanks to a decent AF performance so if it has to be such an extreme zoom lens the Tamron is the better bet. For critical applications you should consider to split the zoom range into at least two lenses though.


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