Tamron AF18-200MM F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II??

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Tamron AF18-200MM F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II??

I currently own a Tamron 24-135mm lens that I purchased 3 years ago when I got my D100. Although I don't use it as much anymore, it is still my favorite "walking around" lens when I don't want to carry alot of gear. I've been looking at the new 18-200mm for the extra reach. Has anyone tried it? How does it compare to the 24-135mm?
 
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I had the same SP 24-135 lens and switched to the 18-200 just a few weeks ago. The 18-200 is not quite has sharp as the 24-135. However, unless you are talking about making 20x30 blowups you won't notice it. Personally I will always use my prime lenses when I want to produce the highest quality image. So I switched. I will try and post a couple of samples later.

I shot about 30-40 images with each lens in a direct comparison in front of the store where I shop. Next I took the images home and looked at them on the screen. I felt the 18-200 wasn't as sharp but had better contrast then the 24-135. However, when I printed an 8x10 from each I didn't see any sharpness difference so the image off the 18-200 looked better. The choice was easy for me at that point.

Enjoy,
Scott
 

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