Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC review

The Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC is a real lightweight, in a good way

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
(Image: © Tamron)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This budget-friendly superzoom only has half the telephoto reach of Tamron’s 18-400mm lens but it’s comparatively tiny and very lightweight. Designed for Canon and Nikon APS-C format DSLRs, it has an ‘effective’ zoom range of 28.8-320mm and 27-300mm respectively. As such, it covers an expansive sweep of focal lengths in one convenient and very travel-friendly package, making it ideal as a travel or walkabout lens. It’s pretty sharp too, with good image quality for a superzoom. Overall, it’s a smart buy and standout value at the price.


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    Compact and lightweight

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    Good performance

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    Effective optical stabilization


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    Plastic mounting plate

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    Focus ring rotates during autofocus

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    No full-time manual AF override

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The Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC is refreshingly affordable. For the sake of quality, most of us use standard zoom or prime lenses most of the time. If you’re going to splash out on a superzoom for casual snapping, it makes sense to keep the price down. This lens fits the bill nicely, as well as having a comfortably lightweight build.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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