Finally got myself to get the new Tamron 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 AF Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro (boy that was long) lens for my Sony DSLR A-100 camera at Yodobashi-Akiba. This will replace my previously good Sigma 18-50 mm f/2.8 DC EX lens. Why the switched? Read on…
First of all, I wont be doing a in-depth review on the lens, the internet has done it for me at BobAtkins.com which covers everything. Together with this review and rave comments by users itself at Digital Photography Review forum I made up my decision to get it. For the next couple of weeks there is going to be a whole lot of events happening and I can’t afford to miss any of those action due to range. If you have seen Japan crowds, you should know it is not an easy task to navigate around them.
These are some of the features I like about this lens:
- Wide focal range, from 18mm-250mm (13.9x zoom)
- Minimum focus range at 45cm on all focal range with Macro capability up to 1:3.5, which is pretty good for a superzoom lens.
- Good Image Quality (IQ) according to reviews and my initial few tries on it.
- All-in-one solution with good IQ, avoiding changing lens. I got sensor dust phobia on my last attempt cleaning the sensor until it was sent back to Sony for professional cleaning 😦
And when compared to my old SIGMA:
- Slow focus, fairly quite but accurate auto-focus (AF)!
My old SIGMA tends to “hunt” for focus a lot and this has been really driving me nuts. The only way to counter that is using spot focus (center focus) or manual focus.
Any weight reduction is good for the already heavyweight camera
- Extra 15cm added to the minimum focus range and slower (or darker)
My old SIGMA was able to go up to 30cm for minimum focus range so I can approach the subject closer and brighter/faster because of the larger aperture F/2.8.
- Unwanted lens barrel extension
This was expected for a superzoom lens due to the longer barrel. Not much of a problem for me since you can zoom lock on the barrel to avoid unwanted extension when moving around.
Alright, after I’m officially broke getting that, I switched the lens right away and went out to Akiba for the first shot. Nice, there is some live Akiba idol but, Oh oh… cloudy sky. 😐
I head back after that, and took some more shots outside the station
I’m pretty happy with Tamron overall. I really like the fact that I can really zoom up when needed (almost always when I’m outside). Real field test will be tomorrow when I go to Chara Hobby and bring in the Gundam goodness 🙂