Superzoom alternative to Canon 18-85 IS ?

Started Jul 4, 2010 | Discussions thread
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garykohs Veteran Member • Posts: 4,183
Re: The Tamron 18-250 is optically superior to the 17-85...

I have the Sony 18-250 which is a rebranded Tamron and it is indeed very good. Optically it seems to be the best of the superzooms (unless you include the Canon 18-200 in the mix). However, on my Sony it's stabilized (due to SteadyShot in body). I cannot imagine using a superzoom hand held without stabilization, which is why I haven't purchased a Canon mount version.

You'll face image quality tradeoffs anyway with a superzoom. If the extra utility is worth that to you I think you'd be happier with a stabilized one such as the Tamron 18-270 VC or the Sigma 18-250 OS.

So far I'm using a combination of the 28-135 "kit" lens and 17-40L.
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Gary

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