A travel lens that beats the Tamron 18-270 PZ?

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Krocket
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A travel lens that beats the Tamron 18-270 PZ?
May 21, 2013

I own the a65. Love the camera, - I am currently using a new Tamron 18-270 pz lens for travel. My question is- is there another lens in the same range that will beat the Tamron as far as price, quality, performance? Thanks in advance, planning a trip to Greece, and want to get the best out of the A65 as far as travel lens go-

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A travel lens that beats the Tamron 18-270 PZ?
In reply to Krocket, May 21, 2013

Perhaps you look at the Sigma equivalent. It seems to have a better rating. Also the macro performance of the Sigma might be a bonus. The difference between the two might be minimal. Try both out ?

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In reply to Krocket, May 21, 2013

All these superzooms have similar performance. They do a reasonable good job, but you need to stop them down to get sharpness and they all suffer from a fair amount of barrel/pincushion distortion, depending on the focal length. The only real advantage of the Sony 18-250 is that it is supported by the in-camera lens correction feature. But this is only relevant if you shoot jpeg.

I take a different approach. I also use the Tamron 18-270 PZD, but also add the Sony DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM in the camera bag. It is light and small, so it uses little space in the bag. Optical quality is vastly superior to all the superzooms.

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I use the Tamron all the time as a walkaround lens and really like it.
In reply to Krocket, May 22, 2013

When I bought the lens, I thought that I might use it occasionally. However, I use it frequently because it's so convenient. Also, it's an excellent video lens, particular for sports. When you boil it down, there are mainly nuances that differentiate the good lenses that are produced today. A skilled photographer might notice differences but the average person would never see them. I have several images taken with the Tamron posted in my gallery. Look at the first 4 images and view them in their original size. With the recent $200 price reduction, it's a bargain.

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Re: A travel lens that beats the Tamron 18-270 PZ?
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Krocket wrote:

I own the a65. Love the camera, - I am currently using a new Tamron 18-270 pz lens for travel. My question is- is there another lens in the same range that will beat the Tamron as far as price, quality, performance? Thanks in advance, planning a trip to Greece, and want to get the best out of the A65 as far as travel lens go-

Not really, unless you are willing to lose quite a bit of zoom:

Sony DT 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 SAM

Sony DT 16-105mm F/3.5-5.6

Sony DT Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 16-80mm F/3.5-4.5

... or as EXX posted, use 2 x lens. The Sony DT 35mm F/1.8 is a lot sharper, almost a third the weight, half the size, several stops faster for low light shooting.

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Re: I use the Tamron all the time as a walkaround lens and really like it.
In reply to Steve Cohan, May 22, 2013

I agree to that. The 18-270 PZD is just so convenient, that I use it a lot, in spite the disadvantages and the fact you have to post process a lot of the pictures (in most cases only some barrel / puncushion distortion correction).

I pack the Sony DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM in additiion to the Tamron 18-270 PZD in the camera bag, just for the cases that the Tamron just doesnt cut it.

Pictures taken with the Tamron 18-270 PZD can be found in this album: http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/9239768447/albums/tamron-18-270mm-f3-5-6-3-di-ii-pzd

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I looked at the Tamron images in your gallery and they
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are excellent. You have a very good eye. And, of course, you confirm my thoughts on this Tamron lens.

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Re: A travel lens that beats the Tamron 18-270 PZ?
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Thanks for the advice!

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I had the 18-270 PZD for over a year using it on my A77. I finally got aggravated with it's fairly soft results at the long end no matter what micro adjustments I made. So now have the 16-50 f/2.8 and Tamron 70 300 USD. Both razor sharp. I don't regret selling that 18-270. But I agree, it was convenient but that's the only good thing I have to say about it.

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In reply to texascbx, May 22, 2013

Sharpness with this lens (and other superzooms for that matter) can only be improved by stopping down. I try to use at least f/8 at the long end, better even f/11. Only if there is not enough light (and I cannot use a longer exposure), I use it wide open. It is e.g. better to use f/8 at ISO400 than f/5.6 at ISO200.

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There are people who disagree with micro focus adjusting.
In reply to texascbx, May 22, 2013

Maybe you micro adjusted your lens out of focus. There is a school of thought that if a lens is not in focus out of the box that it should be returned. Could you post some of those images?

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