- Cheap, fragile.
- Zoom is not smooth, one must flip an AF switch to manual focus,
which has a very short throw. Wide end is cramped onto one end of the
- Below average performance for part of the range, proceeding to
- Only paid $100 used, so at least it's cheap
- Welcome to mediocrity, or worse.
There is a reason
super-zooms have a bad reputation, and this is one of them. One
day shooting the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 AF XR Di IF Macro
enough to convince me never to do it again. The Tamron 24-135mm is
wider but has less on the telephoto range, but surpasses in all aspects
of optical performance. Super zooms are notorious
being compromises, and this one is no exception. It's light, it's
small, and it's best suited for shooting images destined for online
use. But why on earth would anyone use a FX camera if the images are
destined for online use only? There are better super zoom options out
there, for this style of shooting it really makes more sense to use a
DX/APS-C camera and 18-200mm zoom that will be similar in weight and
size, but trying to cover less sensor area. It's worth nothing the VC
version is supposed to be considerably better (and heavier, and more
for kayaking: 5/10 - If you don't care about your image quality,
it's small, light and has a huge range.