Tamron 28-200 on a6500 - thoughts?

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SamKnopf Contributing Member • Posts: 559
Re: Tamron 28-200 on a6500 - better at the wide end (on full frame)

Joshua1209 wrote:

Martin_99 wrote:

Basically you can choose compact option (Sony 18-135), fast option (Tamron 70-180) and flexible option (Tamron 28-200). There is also long reach option (70-350).

I think, that only you can decide what is the most important to you. The optical quality should not be much different. All mentioned lenses are new sharp designs.

How's the performance of the 18-135 compared the tamrons? It has the size advantage and that OSS.

What's it like IQ wise?? I have the Sigma 19 f2.8. Does it compare at all with the Sigma 19 at 19mm f3.5. I do most of my shooting at f4 to f5.6.

I have the 56 f1.4 for portraits and will buy either the Sony 35 f1.8 or the Sigma 30 f1.4.

It is the zoom that I have not been able to make up my mind about.

I have both of these zoom lenses, using the 18-135 on my A6500 and the 28-200 on my A7RII.  Generally, I am quite pleased with both, though the former combo certainly has an advantage in terms of lighter weight.

If you need good sharpness in the border area (e.g., architecture and landscapes), the 18-135 is a little bit weaker at wide angle, with some border softness even when stopped down.   It's not terrible, but it's noticeable if you look at 100%.  For this purpose, the 28mm end of the 28-200 is better when used on full frame, than the 18-135 used on APS-C.  Otherwise, the quality is pretty similar.

Of course, if you use the 28-200 on the A6500, it doesn't give you wide angle at all.

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