The price range of the Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC is pleasantly surprising. For the most part, those of us who care about quality opt to shoot with either prime or normal zoom lenses.

It makes sense to spend a lot of money on a superzoom camera for taking casual photos, but you should try to keep the price as low as possible. This lens is an excellent choice since it satisfies the requirements perfectly and has an extremely lightweight construction.

Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Zoom Lenses

$249.00
7 new from $249.00
11 used from $208.55
as of November 28, 2022 1:15 am
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$249.00
11 new from $249.00
24 used from $169.00
as of November 28, 2022 1:15 am
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$249.00
3 new from $249.00
as of November 28, 2022 1:15 am
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Tamron produces a variety of zoom lenses of professional quality, some of which I personally use in my own equipment; nevertheless, their bread and butter have been in manufacturing zoom lenses of consumer-grade, which frequently give a larger zoom range than competitors at relatively competitive costs.

Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Zoom Lens Specifications

Mounts OnAPS-C
Lenses / Groups15/13
Angle of View: Diagonal75°-7°
 
Aperture  
Aperture Range – Wide / Longf/3.5-22 / f/6.3-22
Aperture Max by Focal Length18-30mm = f/3.5
31-46mm = f/4.0
47-59mm = f/4.5
60-72mm = f/5.0
73-124mm = f/5.6
125-200mm= f/6.3
Number of Aperture Blades7
Rounded Aperture?
 
Weight  
Manufacturer Specification Weight14 oz  (398g)
Actual Weight14.3 oz  (405g)
Lens Hood Weight0.5 oz  (15g)
In-Use Weight14.8 oz  (420g)
 
Size  
Manufacturer Spec Size (DxL)2.91 x 3.3”  (73.8 x 83.7mm)
Measured Size (DxL)2.94 x 3.66”  (75 x 92.9mm)
Max Length at Full Extension6.26”  (159mm)
Internal Zoom? / Extends with Zoom?N / Y
Zoom Extension Length2.6”  (66.1mm)
Internal Focusing? / Extends with Focusing?Y / N
Lens Hood Size (DxL)3.22 x 1.61”  (81.8 x 41mm)
Lens Length with Hood (Min-Max)5.09 – 7.7”  (129.4 – 195.5mm)
Size of Rings: Focus / Zoom0.84” / 1.59”  (21.4mm / 40.3mm)
Filter Size62mm  UV ► CP ►
Front Element (Filter Mount) RotatesN
 
Focus  
AF Motor Type
Full Time Manual FocusN
Focus Ring Rotation42°
Focus Limiter? / Focus Limiter RangesN
Distance Scale? / TypeY / Printed
 
Close Focus  
Specified Min Focus Distance17.72”  (450mm)
Tested Min Focus Distance (Wide / Long)15.55” / 17.01”  (395mm / 432mm)
Maximum Magnification (MM)0.27x
Magnification Range with 12mm Ext Tube
Magnification Range with 25mm Ext Tube
 
Features  
Zoom Ring Rotation87°
Tripod Ring Included? / Removable?N
Zoom Ring Lock Switch?Y
Lens Hood Included / Model?Y /
Weather Sealed? / Filter Required?N
Image Stabilization? / Stops? / Tripod Sensing?N
Extender Compatible?N
Case Included? / Type?N /
47.25″ x 31.5″ Subject Framing DistanceOn APS-C DSLR:
18mm = 3.31′
28mm = 4.96′(est)
35mm = 6.58′
50mm = 9.19′
75mm = 14.15′
100mm = 18.03′
135mm = 23.27′
200mm = 32.06′
1200mm x 800mm Subject Framing DistanceOn APS-C DSLR:
18mm = 1010mm
28mm = 1512mm(est)
35mm = 2007mm
50mm = 2802mm
75mm = 4312mm
100mm = 5496mm
135mm = 7093mm
200mm = 9771mm

When I was in New York City not too long ago for a week, I saw a LOT of cameras, and the vast majority of the time when I saw a Tamron lens mounted on a camera body, the lens was typically one of Tamron’s popular “superzoom” lenses. I saw a LOT of cameras. According to Tamron, the lens’s ancestor was first made available to consumers exactly 10 years ago.

The following was taken from a news release issued by Tamron a few weeks ago: Tamron’s AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A14) has been one of the company’s best-selling lenses ever since it was released ten years ago. The new 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B018) is the successor to that lens.

The new 18-200mm VC employs the most cutting-edge optical and mechanical design in the industry to achieve its goals of portability and superior performance. The 18-200mm VC is the lightest zoom in its class and gives the best image quality possible thanks to its use of image stabilization technology.

Tamron took full use of its extensive knowledge and expertise as a pioneering force in high-power zoom lenses to build an optimum all-in-oneTM lens. This lens opens up new photography possibilities for users of DSLR cameras.

Performance

However, the focusing speed is somewhat slow, despite the fact that it is normally highly precise. The optical stabilizer has a good efficiency compared to around 4 stops, but the autofocus speed is slow. The lens has less color fringing and distortion than many other superzoom lenses, and it maintains a more constant level of sharpness over the whole zoom range.

Conclusion

This superzoom that is easy on the wallet only has half the telephoto reach of Tamron’s 18-400mm lens, but it is far smaller and much lighter than that lens. It has an ‘effective’ zoom range of 28.8-320mm for Canon DSLRs and 27-300mm for Nikon DSLRs, both of which are in the APS-C format.

Due to the fact that it offers such a broad range of focal lengths in a single compact and extremely travel-friendly form, it is ideally suited for use as a travel lens or as a lens for walkabout photography. In addition to this, the image quality is rather high, especially considering the superzoom nature of the device. In general, it’s a good buy and an outstanding value for the amount that you’ll pay.

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