So Tamron sent me their new super telephoto lens 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD to test out and I wanted to share some of my thoughts with the community.
I wrote out a full in-depth review discussing image quality, build, and with more examples etc... over at Fstoppers.com So please head over there and check it out if you're looking for an affordable and versatile all in one APS-C lens.
This new lens like all Tamron's newest lenses shares a much improved overall design aesthetic. Has a minimum focusing distance of 17", and a magnification ratio of 1:2.9. Not to mention vibration compensation and compatibility with Tamron's new TAP-In USB console.
I’d say this lens is for anyone who is looking for something better for family photos while traveling or at sporting events. Anyone looking to get past the 200mm range for a decent price for the occasional wildlife or shot of the Moon. Someone who is looking to upgrade from a kit lens or get more variety of shots while out shooting. If you're pixel peeping and looking for the sharpest details at 400mm than you might be disappointed, and I’m willing to bet you already knew that. However, if you're the photographer that doesn't need the best of the best but would rather have one lens to capture all those epic adventures while still enjoying being in the moment. This lens is probably for you.
What I Liked
- Vibration Compensation (VC) especially at 400mm
- TAP-In USB Console compatible
- Overall design aesthetic
- Insane 18-400mm range
- Overall image quality in real-world usage
What I Didn't Like
- Variable aperture is always a disappointment but for its range, I think it's reasonable
- No true weather sealing
- Although easily fixed the pincushion distortion amount was surprising