Tamron 18-300 for E-mount

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MarioV Veteran Member • Posts: 6,953
Re: Lens review in German

dgsjsj wrote:

Mario, thanks for the video link and test shots.
In my opinion, everything is acceptable for such a wide range of focal lengths.

18 mm

At full screen viewing, they look ok.

I notice an issue with both german review lens copies:

1. Look at the yellow/orange house on the far right.  Just above that, there seems to be a lack of detail.  However, on the far left, the detail is quite good.

2. On the other video, I noticed this same issue, but the softness was on the upper left side.

Decentered lens variation?  I dont know.

If you dont pixel peep so much, then you should be fine with this lens.  I'm just expecting a little better than that level of detail above that house on the right.

As I wrote to Dirk, I think we need more samples to look at.

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Dick Barbour
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Re: Tamron 18-300 for E-mount

MarioV wrote:

theworstphotographerontheinternet wrote:

geopapa wrote:

theworstphotographerontheinternet wrote:

I'm sure I can't be the only one who's excited about the announcement of this lens - if the performance is good enough (and there's no reason to doubt that it will be very good, given Tamron's recent offerings), then I can imagine this replacing my beloved Sony 18-135, which is something I never thought I'd say!

It could actually replace 2 popular sony lenses. 18-135 and 70-350.. Obviously it won't be as sharp at that price but maybe sharp enough to make the compromise. We'll have to wait for the reviews

You're absolutely right. I've considered the 70-350 a number of times, but I've always held off because I wanted it be a bit wider at the short end. This lens would solve that, without sacrificing too much on the tele side of things. Not to mention it's cheaper, and weather sealed. Honestly, the optics would have to be pretty poor to convince me not to go for this one over either/both of the Sony lenses.

Agreed. Also, a more user-friendly minimum focus distance with the 18-300.

Yes, my only complaint about the 70-350 is min. focusing. Otherwise it's the perfect lens for me, along with the 16-55, of course. If I got the 18-300 I would be back in the same old dilemma as when I had the RX10iv: do I take the do-it-all or the separate lenses with (somewhat) better optics? And I hate changing lenses in the field!

Dick

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Dirk W Veteran Member • Posts: 3,587
Re: Another German review, with 1.7GB of RAW files to download!

MarioV wrote:

Dirk W wrote:

Thanks, very interesting! After downloading and pixel peaking on the full size RAW-files I am not so sure if I want that lens any more, but that's just me being so spoiled by the 16-55f2.8 and 70-300 combo. The lens gives a fantastic range otherwise and allows an RX10III/IV like use of the A6###

Hi Dirk, I know what you mean.

I have mixed feelings about the lens, based on these samples. Would really need to see different samples from other sources first before making a final decision.

I also wonder if the APSC lens isnt playing as nice with the crop mode of the A7RIV. The official Tamron samples taken with an a6600 did seem better quality to me.

Further investigation required.

Yes, Mario, I will also closely follow up, because I so want to like this lens The A7RIV should normally offer even better results than the A6600 because it doesn't have the low pass filter and higher resolution in the crop.

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Dirk W Veteran Member • Posts: 3,587
Re: Tamron 18-300 for E-mount

Dick Barbour wrote:

Yes, my only complaint about the 70-350 is min. focusing.

Dick

This is exactly the reason why I returned the 70-350 and kept my good old 70-300. Also, in my case, the 70-300 was a wee bit sharper at 300mm than the 70-350 at 350, and the IQ at the longest focal length is important for me.

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geopapa Contributing Member • Posts: 774
Re: Tamron 18-300 for E-mount

I'll wait for the Christopher Frost review to decide if this lens is for me..

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MarioV Veteran Member • Posts: 6,953
Re: Tamron 18-300 for E-mount

Dick Barbour wrote:

MarioV wrote:

theworstphotographerontheinternet wrote:

geopapa wrote:

theworstphotographerontheinternet wrote:

I'm sure I can't be the only one who's excited about the announcement of this lens - if the performance is good enough (and there's no reason to doubt that it will be very good, given Tamron's recent offerings), then I can imagine this replacing my beloved Sony 18-135, which is something I never thought I'd say!

It could actually replace 2 popular sony lenses. 18-135 and 70-350.. Obviously it won't be as sharp at that price but maybe sharp enough to make the compromise. We'll have to wait for the reviews

You're absolutely right. I've considered the 70-350 a number of times, but I've always held off because I wanted it be a bit wider at the short end. This lens would solve that, without sacrificing too much on the tele side of things. Not to mention it's cheaper, and weather sealed. Honestly, the optics would have to be pretty poor to convince me not to go for this one over either/both of the Sony lenses.

Agreed. Also, a more user-friendly minimum focus distance with the 18-300.

Yes, my only complaint about the 70-350 is min. focusing. Otherwise it's the perfect lens for me, along with the 16-55, of course. If I got the 18-300 I would be back in the same old dilemma as when I had the RX10iv: do I take the do-it-all or the separate lenses with (somewhat) better optics? And I hate changing lenses in the field!

Dick

I hear you, Dick. Loud and clear.  I'm not sure if the 18-300 will be the answer. Jury is still out.

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MarioV Veteran Member • Posts: 6,953
Re: Tamron 18-300 for E-mount

geopapa wrote:

I'll wait for the Christopher Frost review to decide if this lens is for me..

I do like Chris, but my concern is that he may test the corner of the image that is good.  He needs to show all corners of the image because on one sample, the bottom left may be good, but on another sample it may be soft.

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Dick Barbour
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Dirk W wrote:

Dick Barbour wrote:

Yes, my only complaint about the 70-350 is min. focusing.

Dick

This is exactly the reason why I returned the 70-350 and kept my good old 70-300. Also, in my case, the 70-300 was a wee bit sharper at 300mm than the 70-350 at 350, and the IQ at the longest focal length is important for me.

Even with the close-focus issue, the a6600 allows some tight cropping, so I still get some "closeups" while standing 5 feet away.

Dick

Original, uncropped

Cropped

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MarioV Veteran Member • Posts: 6,953
Review and samples
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Re: Review and samples
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MarioV Veteran Member • Posts: 6,953
Re: Review and samples
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dgsjsj wrote:

https://www.rentio.jp/matome/2021/09/tamron-18300mm-b061-review/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rentiopress/albums/72157719890356167

Thanks for the links.

Some of those samples look better and give me more hope about the lens.

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MarioV Veteran Member • Posts: 6,953
Ton of photos. 3 pages

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sonyalphablog/albums/72157719911586591

I think the lens is sufficiently competent. I believe I will order one.

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OP theworstphotographerontheinternet Contributing Member • Posts: 685
Re: Ton of photos. 3 pages

Nice sunstars in some of these. I quite like the bokeh too. I think I'll be placing an order at some point, but I might wait a bit to see if it goes on offer over Black Friday or something.

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Dirk W Veteran Member • Posts: 3,587
Re: Ton of photos. 3 pages

MarioV wrote:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sonyalphablog/albums/72157719911586591

I think the lens is sufficiently competent. I believe I will order one.

Impressive indeed!!! I am tempted, too.

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MarioV Veteran Member • Posts: 6,953
Review from these photos.
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https://sonyalpha.blog/2021/09/28/tamron-18-300mm-f-3-5-6-3-di-iii-a-vc-vxd/

I do hope that quality control is in place so that there is every chance of getting a lens this good.

I'm sold.

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Dirk W Veteran Member • Posts: 3,587
Re: Review from these photos.

MarioV wrote:

https://sonyalpha.blog/2021/09/28/tamron-18-300mm-f-3-5-6-3-di-iii-a-vc-vxd/

I do hope that quality control is in place so that there is every chance of getting a lens this good.

I'm sold.

Thank you, Mario! Very interesting link! For me, it's a tricky one. Reading that from 100-300, the 70-350 (and therefore also 70-300) is clearly better, and having become such an addict of high IQ and sharpness all over the frame, I think I will stick to my 16-55 + 70-300 two lens solution after all.

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MarioV Veteran Member • Posts: 6,953
Re: Review from these photos.
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Dirk W wrote:

MarioV wrote:

https://sonyalpha.blog/2021/09/28/tamron-18-300mm-f-3-5-6-3-di-iii-a-vc-vxd/

I do hope that quality control is in place so that there is every chance of getting a lens this good.

I'm sold.

Thank you, Mario! Very interesting link! For me, it's a tricky one. Reading that from 100-300, the 70-350 (and therefore also 70-300) is clearly better, and having become such an addict of high IQ and sharpness all over the frame, I think I will stick to my 16-55 + 70-300 two lens solution after all.

You're welcome, Dirk.

If you want maximum sharpness throughout the frame, then your 2 lenses certainly have you covered well.

For me, the 18-300 has such versatility and freedom, at acceptable levels of sharpness,  and a user-friendly focus distance.   It will complement my 16-55.

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OP theworstphotographerontheinternet Contributing Member • Posts: 685
Re: Review from these photos.

MarioV wrote:

https://sonyalpha.blog/2021/09/28/tamron-18-300mm-f-3-5-6-3-di-iii-a-vc-vxd/

I do hope that quality control is in place so that there is every chance of getting a lens this good.

I'm sold.

Same. I think whilst the Sony 70-350 may be a bit better at the long end, I'd rather spend somewhat less money and get a more versatile lens. It looks more than good enough for my purposes anyway.

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Robert M.T. New Member • Posts: 21
Re: Review from these photos.
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Same here.  The samples look good enough for me.  This could be the replacement for my 18-135mm and 70-350mm, much more convenient when hiking.   This tamron 18-300mm and samyang 24mm 1.8 for lowlight, and I think I am good (or maybe tamron 11-20mm in the future)

Bolshevik Regular Member • Posts: 271
Re: Tamron 18-300 for E-mount

Nice review in Polish, a lot of full-size samples, all without PP.

Tamron 18-300 mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD - pierwsze zdjęcia i test | Fotopolis.pl

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