Nikon 18-300 over Tamron 18-270

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Lowells
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Nikon 18-300 over Tamron 18-270
Mar 27, 2013

I got a chance for the first time today to check out the Nikon 18-300 lens

I went to my local camera store and he put it on a D7000 which I own.

Yes, its a bit heavy but did not have any problems handling it. I do own

a Tamron 18-270 VC lens( the second version) and I thought about changing

to the Nikon lens. I  would only get a bit more reach with the Nikon ( 419 for the Tamron to 450 for the Nikon. And  the rebates  end  on the 30th and I heard that  Nikon is not going to extend  the rebates after the 30th of this month. Not sure what I should do.

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bflood
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In reply to Lowells, Mar 27, 2013

Is there some problem or limitation caused by the Tamron that the Nikon will solve?  Your description of the difference in zoom ranges makes me think the extra 30 mm isn't particularly important to you, so there ought to be something else important enough to spend the money.  Otherwise, I'd save my money for future needs.

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In reply to bflood, Mar 27, 2013

The Tamron 18-270 actually performs quite well and I know a number of people who have  the same lens. I probably do not need the extra weight  and I would have  to get another camera bag for my D7000 and the Nikon lens. Maybe  because of the great deal that Nikon is having for this lens, that it would be a great deal not to pass up.

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Leonard Migliore
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In reply to Lowells, Mar 27, 2013

Lowells wrote:

The Tamron 18-270 actually performs quite well and I know a number of people who have  the same lens. I probably do not need the extra weight  and I would have  to get another camera bag for my D7000 and the Nikon lens. Maybe  because of the great deal that Nikon is having for this lens, that it would be a great deal not to pass up.

But if you don't buy one, it doesn't cost you anything. And you already have an 18-270. That looks like a better deal to me.

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Re: Nikon 18-300 over Tamron 18-270
In reply to Leonard Migliore, Mar 27, 2013

Do you know if D3100 automatically correct distortion in Tamron lenses?

I know that it does auto correct barren/pincushion distortion in Nikon lenses but no idea about 3rd party lenses.

For me, 18-300 is beyond my budget. So I'm trying to decide between Tamron 18-270 and Nikon 18-200.

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In reply to mobi1, Mar 27, 2013

until march 30th you can pay 696 for the Nikon 18-300 lens and  the Tamron is 649 with a 100 rebate.

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In reply to Lowells, Mar 27, 2013

I'm in UK and don't see any such offer here. No discount from Tamron and Nikon cashback is on cameras only.

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In reply to Lowells, Mar 27, 2013

you are right. I had not checked the prices on the Tamron 18-270 PZD lens and now I see it is selling for 449 . It was selling for 649 plus a 100 rebate. Great price on it now. The Nikon 18-300 is still selling for 696 until March 30th. Do not know the way things are sold in the UK with cameras and lenses

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In reply to Lowells, Mar 27, 2013

To the OP:  Frankly, you are just looking for a rational reason for us to talk you into buying the 18-300.  No-one responding thinks there is a rational reason for your doing so.  Since rationality is now out of the picture, my humble advice is to just buy the 18-300 merely if you like it better! If you don't like it better, whatever "better" means to you, then don't buy it.  This is not a life-and-death decision.

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In reply to Lowells, Mar 27, 2013

Lowells wrote:

I got a chance for the first time today to check out the Nikon 18-300 lens

I went to my local camera store and he put it on a D7000 which I own.

Yes, its a bit heavy but did not have any problems handling it. I do own

a Tamron 18-270 VC lens( the second version) and I thought about changing

to the Nikon lens. I  would only get a bit more reach with the Nikon ( 419 for the Tamron to 450 for the Nikon. And  the rebates  end  on the 30th and I heard that  Nikon is not going to extend  the rebates after the 30th of this month. Not sure what I should do.

It's been a while since I've owned the Tamron of which you speak, but I do own the Nikon 18-300mm now.  As I recall the the Tamron's aperture was 3.5-6.3 while the Nikon's is 3.5-5.6.  Not a huge difference, but in a darker environment, every little bit helps so the Nikon wins on that one.  Also, I recall the Tamron tended to hunt more in darker places than the Nikon.  They both do the back and forth seeking focus, but I get the impression that the Nikon did less of it.  If you're going to get it, now would be a good time.  I bought the Nikon when it came out for $999 before tax.  With the rebate, it's a steal.  However, now that I'm mulling over a move to full frame in about a year, I slightly regret selling my Nikon 28-300mm.

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In reply to KennyXL, Mar 28, 2013

Kenny,  thank you very much for your comments. yes,  the rebate is on till March 30th and I heard from Nikon that they are not going to extend it. You are right about the difference in aperture at the long end of each lens ( 6.3 for the Tamron and 5.6 with the Nikon). I did go to my local camera store and tried out the Nikon lens on a D7000 which I have, and it was pretty well balance and not really that  heavy which a lot of people complain about. Thank again

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