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Old Jan 30, 2012, 4:03 PM   #1
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Default Tamron 18-270 DII VC PZD or Sigma 18-250mm?

Hi All,

Finally, with all your inputs and help, I made a decision on my camera and purchased Nikon D7000 body only.
Thanks for all your suggestions.

I am a beginner in SLR, so just started with one of my friend's default Nikon lens 18-55mm for the time being.

I am currently trying to find out an All-in-one lens for my camera.
Nikon lens seems to be expensive, so thought of going for Tamron or Sigma.

I can find latest release of Tamron Lens- 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
Just in a dilemma to decide with which one to go with?
Tamron 18-270mm (Model B008) or Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM
or the previous release : Tamron AF 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO.

Planning to buy in Feb.

Please advise.

Thanks & Regards

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Old Feb 1, 2012, 2:53 PM   #2
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G'day Vinoop

Both lenses have their followers & a few detractors as well > there's those of us who like the convenience of a 12x zoom lens and there's others who reckon that zoom lenses over 4x zoom lose too much sharpness

I would be comfortable with either lens > so for me it would come down to price & availability. I currently have multiple Sigma lenses, but have used Tamron lenses over the years too

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Old Feb 2, 2012, 6:11 AM   #3
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Old Feb 4, 2012, 4:38 AM   #4
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TCav asks the very key question to any lens choice, what to shoot and in what conditions (light). Lenses with such wide ranges in focal length are very much the jack of a few trades and master of none. If you want a lens to be used in good light and are not worried about great sharpness for general sorts of shot (as you would do with a bridge camera) then you should be fine. Outside of that you will be far better served with a couple of lenses, sure you have to switch them, but the quality is going to be better.
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Old Feb 4, 2012, 8:17 AM   #5
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I have the Tamron 18-270 VC (non-PZD version) on a D90 and it works well for an everyday use, walk-about lens. I have used Sigma brand lenses and have been pleased with their performance as well. I use mine primarily when I travel as the lens is compact and light. The PZD version is even more compact, but the glass is the same. The non-PZD version costs less.

As long as you understand and accept the limitations of this type of lens (i.e. a tad soft at the long end, some barrel distortion at the short end of the zoom, and smaller maximum aperture), it works well. At about f8 and up to about 250mm zoom, I've got some great images. Here are a couple of samples from the my lens:


F7.1 at 130 mm.

F7.1 at 65mm.

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Old Feb 9, 2012, 3:03 PM   #6
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Thank you everyone for your comments.
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