Tamron 28-200 on a6500 - thoughts?

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lyj111121 New Member • Posts: 1
Tamron 28-200 on a6500 - thoughts?

Hi all,

I'm looking for a longer zoome to complement the 16-55 on my a6500. The main purpose is to take photos for my kid for longer zoom. I find the tamron 28-200 has the most versatile range, and pretty sound performance on full frame. Size and price are right, too. My main concern is how it performs on apsc such as A6500 in terms of:

1. IBIS - can the ibis on a6500 (weaker than FE) handle the long range well?

2 - AF - any hunting/mis-focus issue as a 3rd party lens on apsc bodies?

3 - sharpness - is it as good as it on a Full frame body?

The other choices are 70-180 (less useful range/bulkier/pricier but better image quality and larger apeture) or 70-350 (native lens and can be had with a price of Tamron 28-200, but with much smaller apeture in the 70-200 range).

Or, I'm not sure if the E18-135 should be a more realistic option compared to 28-200? I don't really mind the 18-28 diff, but more appreciate the 135-200 diff. How's its performance in the overlapping range 28-135 compared to the tamronon an apsc? I'm not really into the apsc 18-200 options given their bad reputation. I've had the 55-210 and it is BAD.

Really appreciate if anyone with this 28-200 and apsc body can chime in. Thanks in advance!

Sony a6500 Sony a7 Sony SLT-A65
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Martin_99 Senior Member • Posts: 1,903
Re: Tamron 28-200 on a6500 - thoughts?
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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.

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SamKnopf Contributing Member • Posts: 559
Re: Tamron 28-200 on a6500 - thoughts?
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I bought the 28-200 for use on my FF camera, but have also used it a few times on my APSC, both for macros of flowers and for distant subjects.  I have been quite pleased with its performance, both in terms of sharpness and accurate focus.  I haven't taken shots of moving subjects, so can't say how well it does with active kids.

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Joshua1209 New Member • Posts: 22
Re: Tamron 28-200 on a6500 - thoughts?

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.

Martin_99 Senior Member • Posts: 1,903
Re: Tamron 28-200 on a6500 - thoughts?

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.

It's difficult to find direct test comparison on the same body, but maybe some leading points you can find here:

https://sonyalpha.blog/2020/03/02/which-lenses-are-the-sharpest-for-a-a6xxx/

https://sonyalpha.blog/2019/11/10/which-lenses-to-maximise-the-potential-of-the-sony-a7riv/

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 compared 18-135 with Sony 20f2.8 in the past (at 20mm of course) . the picture quality was quite similar, so I can see it as succes for a zoom. Acc. the reviews Sigma 19f2.8 have similar image quality as 20mm.

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.

Don't you miss wider focal lenghts (in case of choice 28-200)?

EDIT: you already have 16-55, so wide si covered

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Bender79ita
Bender79ita Contributing Member • Posts: 785
Re: Tamron 28-200 on a6500 - thoughts?

How old are your kids? Right now the 28-200 might look like the best choice, but once they start doing school stuff indoors (recitals, sports... I have no clue what kids do )... then perhaps the 70-180 will be better in this kind of low light situations.

If they might do soccer and other outdoor sports then the 70-350G for the reach, usually you can't get very close in these cases so 350mm might come handy.

What I'm saying is, if you're the kind of guy that isn't big in selling/buying perhaps you want to plan ahead a couple years. Just a different POV.

Having so many choices (all are good) is nice.

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QuietOC
QuietOC Veteran Member • Posts: 5,017
Re: Tamron 28-200 on a6500 - thoughts?

lyj111121 wrote:

Hi all,

I'm looking for a longer zoome to complement the 16-55 on my a6500. The main purpose is to take photos for my kid for longer zoom. I find the tamron 28-200 has the most versatile range, and pretty sound performance on full frame. Size and price are right, too. My main concern is how it performs on apsc such as A6500 in terms of:

1. IBIS - can the ibis on a6500 (weaker than FE) handle the long range well?

2 - AF - any hunting/mis-focus issue as a 3rd party lens on apsc bodies?

3 - sharpness - is it as good as it on a Full frame body?

The other choices are 70-180 (less useful range/bulkier/pricier but better image quality and larger apeture) or 70-350 (native lens and can be had with a price of Tamron 28-200, but with much smaller apeture in the 70-200 range).

Or, I'm not sure if the E18-135 should be a more realistic option compared to 28-200? I don't really mind the 18-28 diff, but more appreciate the 135-200 diff. How's its performance in the overlapping range 28-135 compared to the tamronon an apsc? I'm not really into the apsc 18-200 options given their bad reputation. I've had the 55-210 and it is BAD.

Really appreciate if anyone with this 28-200 and apsc body can chime in. Thanks in advance!

I haven't tried the 18-135 OSS or any of the 18-200's.

I compared the 28-200 to the 55-210 OSS. I would say the 28-200 is a very decent option on APS-C. The first copy I tried was soft on the right side on full-frame--that was mostly outside the APS-C area. I have another one coming. The first copy was plenty sharp in the center at all focal lengths.

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isvana Contributing Member • Posts: 518
Re: Tamron 28-200 on a6500 - thoughts?

Bender79ita wrote:

How old are your kids? Right now the 28-200 might look like the best choice, but once they start doing school stuff indoors (recitals, sports... I have no clue what kids do )... then perhaps the 70-180 will be better in this kind of low light situations.

If they might do soccer and other outdoor sports then the 70-350G for the reach, usually you can't get very close in these cases so 350mm might come handy....

Good point, but remember 200 on APS-C is 300 equivalent which is quite nifty on the edge of a sports field - indeed the variable play might make the 28-200 the best option!

As usual with these lens questions, the answer also depends on what other lenses you might have or use in future. I found the 18-200 just a little too wide-ranged for its compromises, and now use the 16-70 + 70-300 as needed.  But the 28-200 is on my consideration list (as I also use FF) as I like the Minolta 28-105 on my APS-C and suspect the 28-200 would be ideal as an outside rural lens when you don't need wide angles. Good luck with the decision anyway!

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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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Joshua1209 New Member • Posts: 22
Re: Tamron 28-200 on a6500 - thoughts?

Martin_99 wrote:

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.

It's difficult to find direct test comparison on the same body, but maybe some leading points you can find here:

Thanks for the links.

https://sonyalpha.blog/2020/03/02/which-lenses-are-the-sharpest-for-a-a6xxx/

https://sonyalpha.blog/2019/11/10/which-lenses-to-maximise-the-potential-of-the-sony-a7riv/

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 compared 18-135 with Sony 20f2.8 in the past (at 20mm of course) . the picture quality was quite similar, so I can see it as succes for a zoom. Acc. the reviews Sigma 19f2.8 have similar image quality as 20mm.

That's indeed a good showing for a zoom. I was only looking at the Tamron as it has that reach on an APS-C body. However, I have held off because of no Optical Stabilisation in that lens.

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.

Don't you miss wider focal lenghts (in case of choice 28-200)?

I usually take most of my pics between 35 and 50 mm full frame equivalent. A fast 40 would be my favourite lens only if it existed. Alas! Sony is not treating the APS-C line up very well. I wish Sony had a the equivalent of the Olympus 12 to 100 F4 pro at similar kind of price. 24 to 200 equivalent, sharp, stabilised and weather sealed. Too much to ask of Sony.

I hope Tamron will bring the 70 to 200 for Apsc. Even an F4 will be great 17 to 70 f2.8 + 70 to 200 f4.

Better still 16 to 135 f2.8-f4.5.

Thanks.

EDIT: you already have 16-55, so wide si covered

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