NickPrime wrote in post #13215709
Is a Tamron (for a Canon T3i) AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC lense a decent choice? Is there a better brand? Should I stay with the Canon brand?
No, I don't know why I want it. I love to experiment on:
Everything from sunup to sundown and inbetween.
Automotive racing (NHRA and NASCAR)
As someone who likes to shoot a bit on the wider end of things, I'd push for the Tamron 18-270mm VC PZD. You're going to get nearly the same reach, but are going to have a good wide angle as well.
As for the quality, as was mentioned above, getting two or three lenses to cover that range will yield better results in terms of total IQ, but will cost you both in terms of money and space (the Tamron is not much larger - if at all - than the kit 18-55IS). The Tamron does consistently rate better in overall performance than the Canon 18-200mm, plus it gets you closer by nearly half again.