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Tamron 18-400 lens - what is your experience
« on: February 20, 2018, 06:29:08 PM »
I am looking for an all-in-one lens for a 60D crop camera when kayaking. I do not wish to be changing lenses when on the water as there is a problem holding the camera body and two lenses and swapping the lenses, without hearing a “splash”.

Has anyone used the Tamron 18-400? What do you think of it?
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Tamron 18-400 lens - what is your experience
« on: February 20, 2018, 06:29:08 PM »

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Re: Tamron 18-400 lens - what is your experience
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2018, 08:25:46 PM »
I am looking for an all-in-one lens for a 60D crop camera when kayaking. I do not wish to be changing lenses when on the water as there is a problem holding the camera body and two lenses and swapping the lenses, without hearing a “splash”.

Has anyone used the Tamron 18-400? What do you think of it?

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Re: Tamron 18-400 lens - what is your experience
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2018, 09:06:29 PM »
There can not be much surprise in the performance of a relatively cheap 18-400mm lens.

Have you ever thought about using your 60D with 18-55 STM, plus one SL1 with 55-250 STM? Now that we have a high quality tele zoom for only $ 299 (or half if you buy in a kit) I can not see advantages in using an 18-400mm with mediocre optics.

https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=1145&Camera=963&Sample=0&FLI=5&API=1&LensComp=856&CameraComp=963&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=5&APIComp=2
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Re: Tamron 18-400 lens - what is your experience
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2018, 09:21:14 PM »
I own this lens and have used it on a Canon 7D mii and M5. As background, I've previously owned the Tamron 18-270mm VC and the Canon 35-350mm L. I like the concept of an all-in-one zoom for travel, hiking, situations like you describe, etc. I sold my previous superzoom lenses because I didn't use them enough. The focusing performance, noise, and image quality of the 18-270mm led me to use it less and less especially once I moved from an 8 megapixel 30D to the 7D mii. The Tamron 18-400mm has improved in all of these areas. It focuses accurately and quietly on both the 7D mii and M5 (like all adapted lenses I've tried on these cameras it focuses faster on the 7D mii). Image quality is not as good as the better Canon lenses, but I plan to use it mainly for travel that is not photography focused and when I'm participating in activities where the weight and bulk of multiple lenses is not desirable. Image quality also improves significantly when stopping down especially at longer focal lengths. The following photos of the Wisconsin State Capitol illustrate typical results stopping down from F6.3 to F8 at 400mm.

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Re: Tamron 18-400 lens - what is your experience
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2018, 09:21:14 PM »