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Tamron lens 18 to 400 mm or the 16 to 300 mm, which is better quality?
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May 3, 2021 11:07:07   #
cony25
 
What do you think of this multipurpose lens? Is it worth it or are they trying to take on too much?

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May 3, 2021 11:13:50   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
18-400???

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May 3, 2021 11:28:33   #
tropics68 Loc: Georgia
 
cony25 wrote:
What do you think of this multipurpose lens? Is it worth it or are they trying to take on too much?


I bought an 18-400 for Nikon last summer. Had a lot of issues with auto focus. Constant hunting and frequent blurred images at the 400 end. I sent it back and won't be buying another. As to the 16-300 I know nothing.

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May 3, 2021 12:25:24   #
newsguygeorge Loc: Victoria, Texas
 
I have been relatively satisfied with the Tamron 18-400 although it’s a little stiff sometimes. It’s also aa little soft at 400. But that said, I had it on my D5300 for nine months before needing another lens (for a class). Would I buy it again? Yes. The real strength of this lens is that I could take it and one other on trips — it constitutes travelling light. I took it on two trips to Ireland when I was limited by carry-on restrictions. If I am road tripping; predicting what I will shoot; or staying local, I would be more judicious in my lens choice.

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May 3, 2021 12:44:11   #
DaveO Loc: Northeast CT
 
The 18-400 has been reviewed here numerous times with excellent reports. After thousands of shots, it is the only lens my wife takes to Yellowstone. I bring several lenses, but she has no need to switch. From flowers to wildlife it has been an excellent all around lens.

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May 3, 2021 14:22:08   #
Ozzie2154 Loc: New Jersey
 
I have the 18-400 Tamron lens for my Nikon 7200. It's my walking around go to lens. I love its overall performance and it's reach is great. Rent it, try it out. That will be your test.

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May 3, 2021 14:38:48   #
PHRubin Loc: Nashville TN USA
 
I have a competing lens, the Sigma 18-300. It is not at all soft at the long end. It is on the camera most of the time. You can compare all 3 here:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/compare/Sigma_18-300mm_f_3.5-6.3_DC_Macro_OS_HSM_Contemporary_Lens_for_Canon_EF_vs_Tamron_16-300mm_f_3.5-6.3_Di_II_VC_PZD_MACRO_Lens_for_Canon_vs_Tamron_18-400mm_f_3.5-6.3_Di_II_VC_HLD_Lens_for_Canon_EF/BHitems/1082147-REG_1029404-REG_1345955-REG

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May 3, 2021 14:41:55   #
imagemeister Loc: Stuart, Florida
 
Having seen the Imatest numbers of these two lenses, for all practical purposes, they both have the same resolutions. Cost, size/weight and is 300 enough for what you do ? - are are the real differences here.
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May 3, 2021 16:12:00   #
Hamltnblue Loc: Springfield PA
 
I had an 18-400 on a 7500 body. Great lens. Price is right too.
Equivalent focal length is 27-600.
Excellent for wildlife

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May 3, 2021 18:06:24   #
Strodav Loc: Houston, Tx
 
I have the 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Tamron. I mostly use it on a D7200 and am getting good results with it after tuning. I also use it on a D500. I bought it for family vacations when I want to travel light and not have to worry about lens changes. It does have a quirk or two, but nothing that makes me think twice about taking it along. I do pack a nifty as well for those low light indoor situations.

As for 3rd party glass, if you are willing to test and tune you can save some money and get good results. If you are not willing to test and tune, stick with OEM glass.

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May 3, 2021 23:33:36   #
mwsilvers Loc: Central New Jersey
 
Longshadow wrote:
18-400???


Yep 18-400. It's been around for about 3 years or so.

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May 4, 2021 06:04:18   #
billnikon Loc: Pennsylvania/Ohio/Florida/Maui/Oregon/Vermont
 
cony25 wrote:
What do you think of this multipurpose lens? Is it worth it or are they trying to take on too much?


It is not about the quality of either lens, it is more about the quality of the photographer.
Only a competent photographer can bring out the quality of most lenses.

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May 4, 2021 06:23:23   #
Gene51 Loc: Yonkers, NY, now in LSD (LowerSlowerDelaware)
 
cony25 wrote:
What do you think of this multipurpose lens? Is it worth it or are they trying to take on too much?


Well, a lot of comments talk about the convenience of having a single lens that "does it all" - but make concessions that it may not be the sharpest, may be stiff, may hunt for focus, etc etc etc.

So my question to you is - are you willing to compromise quality and usability for convenience? How you consider this question will answer the question in your post, but still won't resolve the question of which is better, which may be a moot point based on your willingness to compromise.

This may better inform the question in your thread title:

https://www.opticallimits.com/nikon--nikkor-aps-c-lens-tests/778-nikkorafsdx183003556vr

https://photographylife.com/reviews/nikon-18-300mm-vr

https://www.lenstip.com/426.1-Lens_review-Nikon_Nikkor_AF-S_DX_18-300_mm_f_3.5-6.3G_ED_VR-Introduction.html

https://www.lenstip.com/514.1-Lens_review-Tamron_18-400_mm_f_3.5-6.3_Di_II_VC_HLD-Introduction.html

The Cliff's Notes summary is that they are both pretty average and underwhelming, and not as good as alternatives that don't try to do as much - as you probably already suspect.

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May 4, 2021 07:44:15   #
Toment Loc: IL-FL
 
cony25 wrote:
What do you think of this multipurpose lens? Is it worth it or are they trying to take on too much?


Quality is the same. Use either to create a great capture. It’s just a little harder to do that with these.

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May 4, 2021 08:05:37   #
Dwiggy Loc: Kansas City, MO
 
I have used the 18-400 in many different situations on my Canon 80D & found it unsatisfactory. No very sharp at 300-400 and have considered selling it. It probably needs tuning to my camera....and just haven’t taken the time. I’d be cautious purchasing it.

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