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Reco: Nikon 18-200 VR or Tamron 28-300 VC

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by chandler, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. chandler


    Oct 21, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I am in the market for a walk around lens for city shots. Which one of the two would you guys suggest for sharp outdoor shots?
    Along with one of these I am also going to use the 50 1.8 for low light indoor shots.
  2. 18-200 has a more useful range in my opinion.
    I personally like the 28-300 for outdoor shots. The VC works amazingly well and I often find myself needing the extra reach. Really a terrific lens and perfect for walking around except indoors... the autofocus will drive you nuts.

    Maybe you can consider the 18-105VR once that hits the market. That's also a very useful range.
  3. slapshotk


    Jul 17, 2008
    Houston, Texas
    I actually rented the Tamron 28-300 for the weekend..I've never used the 18-200 but I must admit that the Tamron was impressive...I'm new to DSLR cameras etc..Here is a link of a few baseball game images I took at Minute Maid Field in Houston Texas during a night game...Tough scenario for the Tamron from a lighting standpoint but it performed well IMHO..

  4. gugs


    Feb 24, 2006
    on a DX sensor: 18-200VR, definitely the best
    on an FX sensor: 28-300VC, in normal light, AF is terrible in low light
  5. I have no experience of the Tamron 28-300 VC, but the Nikon 18-200vr lens is perfect as a walkabout lens on a cropped sensor DSLR. I love mine and the VR is excellent.
  6. I'm one who loves the 28-300mm range on DX. 28mm is wide enough for me most times, and the 300mm reach can be a lot of fun. A Tamron 28-300mm XR LD Di was my first dSLR lens and really helped me make the transition from a string of super-zoom p&s cameras... I let it go as I was upgraded and really did miss it... enough that I bought another for use as a travel zoom. Lately I've been scaling back and replaced both the 28-300mm and my Sigma 15-30mm EX with a Tamron 18-200mm... it's a great lens, but the range isn't as much fun for me (though it serves 2 purposes and put about $250 back in my pocket). Eventually I hope to replace it with another dedicated wide-angle as well as the 28-300mm VC... this range with the benefit of VC looks to be the perfect travel zoom for me.
  7. JusPlainCrayzee

    JusPlainCrayzee Administrator Administrator

    I've not shot with the Tamron, but I own the 18-200VR and absolutely love it. It's the lens that I usually keep on my DSLR.
  8. smodak


    Jun 11, 2007
    Franklin MA US
    I own both. I love the 18-200. But in good light the tammy wins - no contest. It is a super lens with great color, sharpness, contrast and the VC in 28-300 is way better than the VR in 18-200 (albeit much noisier). In less than perfect light...that is another story..the Tammy will get better picture if it actually autofocusses LOL. I mainly use the tammy in FX (if I know I would be shooting in bright daylight) and the Nikon in DX. I took some pictures today with the tammy in King Richards Faire...I will post some pictures when I get a chance....
  9. joeholmes


    Nov 23, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Can anyone offer an opinion of the distortion of the Tamron 28-300, especially at the wide end?
  10. jacaldwell


    Sep 5, 2008
    Choose based on the focal range you anticipate using most while you walk around and not on brand name. Both are excellent at what they do. I personally use the Tamron 28-300 as my walk around lens. If I were looking to purchase now I might also consider the newer Tamron 18-270 based on my experience with the 28-300.

  11. I got to used the Tammy during a workshop held by Don Gale. I think it is quite impressive given the enormous zoom range. Also, it works for full frame. However, Nikon does cover the wider end but is for DX.

    A few examples of the Tammy on D80.

    I think the bokeh is nice, not extraordinary but nice. However, the details are clear.
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    I don't like the specular highlight bokeh in this image, but notice the details picked up... the details of the fur and hair is very nicely captured.
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    Reasonably sharp for a 10x zoom.
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  12. bigshot


    Aug 17, 2008
    Hollywood, USA
    For city shooting, I would be more interested in the lower range of the zoom around 18mm than the upper range above 200.
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