About a 3rd party lens.

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Ruman, Jan 22, 2006.

  1. Ruman

    Ruman Guest

    Hi all,

    One of my friends in UK is buying a Canon EOS 350D (digital Rebel XT).
    He wants to use Tamron AF 18-200 mm F3.5 - F6.3 Di-II with it. How good
    is this lens compared to its price range? I can not find it in
    fredmiranda (http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showcat.php?cat=43).

    However, I see the lens has received some TIPA Award 2005 (Technical
    Image Press Association) for BestDigital Photo Consumer Lens Product in
    Europe, if that really means anything
    (http://www.dpreview.com/news/0504/05042602tipa_2005.asp).

    I also saw few shots taken with this lens in
    http://www.pbase.com/cameras/tamron/af_18-200_35-63_di_ii

    Reading different opinions in the Web, it appears to me that the lens
    varies greatly with each unit.

    FYI, my friend does not believe in buying from Ebay - he is that kind.

    Thanks in advance.
     
    Ruman, Jan 22, 2006
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  2. Ruman

    Douglas Guest

    Tamron lenses have for years been the alternative to a Nikon lens. Some
    people buying the hugely cheap 24-70 f2.8 Tamron are extremely pleased with
    the results. I didn't like it on a 5D but that's not the feeling of a friend
    who has one.

    Any zoom of the type your friend has under consideration will have a sweet
    spot. It probably won't be very good outside that spot. Such a wide aperture
    variation should serve as a warning in a zoom lens that it is a very big
    compromise. F/6.3 is at the ideal aperture for maximum sharpness on the 350
    sensor yet this is wide open for the lens!
     
    Douglas, Jan 22, 2006
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  3. Ruman

    Ruman Guest

    So what are the lenses that you suggest for him? He is just an
    enthusiastic beginner asking for some advice for the lens he should buy
    on his EOS 350D body.
     
    Ruman, Jan 22, 2006
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  4. Ruman

    Douglas Guest

    Any suggestion I might make is tainted with my needs. As your friend is not
    a Professional, he may well accept the results from the lens under
    consideration and be perfectly happy with it. Ask him to take his camera to
    the store and shoot some pictures with the lens. He can then make a decision
    based on knowledge.
     
    Douglas, Jan 23, 2006
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