Why do people shy away from superzoom lenses?

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Mark B.
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Re: Why do people shy away from superzoom lenses?
In reply to MarioV, 4 weeks ago

I had a Tamron superzoom and sold it.  Yes, the zoom range is nice - no need for multiple lenses.  I guess I'm just too discriminating, there were too many compromises for my taste.  A couple comments on your photos:

1. All but a couple of them were at f/8; there were 2 taken at f/6.3 and a couple others with no EXIF. Only a couple of them were at the long end of the zoom, where max aperture is f/6.3

2. All were taken in very good light and ISO 100.

These conditions are ideal for a superzoom - stopped down from max aperture, ideal lighting where a wider aperture is not needed.  Stopping down will also minimize distortion that is inherent in superzooms.  For conditions where someone might want a wider aperture for shallower DOF, or faster AF, the superzoom is less than ideal.


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