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

The Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC is a nifty little travel lens for APS-C format Sony cameras

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

Digital Camera World Verdict

Also available in a Canon EF-M mount option until recently, this Tamron superzoom goes into direct competition with Sony’s own-brand E 18-200MM f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE lens. Indeed, both lenses look and feel almost identical, and there’s nothing to choose between them in terms of features, image quality and all-round performance. This makes the Tamron lens better value in some world regions but, in others, both lenses are pretty much the same price. It’s a decent travel lens but nothing special.


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    Stepping motor autofocus

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    Optical vibration compensation

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    Compact and lightweight


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    Poor edge-sharpness

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    Long-zoom color fringing

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    Heavy short-zoom barrel distortion

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Take a long look at the Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC for Sony E-mount cameras and it appears to be identical to the Sony E 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS LE. There are marginal differences in the barrel shape, the zoom and focus ring grips are different, and the Tamron has a silver stripe at its rear but, to all intents and purposes, they look the same. They’re also exactly the same size and weight, have the same configuration of optical groups and elements, and both have optical stabilization. There used to be a Canon EF-M mount version of the Tamron lens but that’s fallen by the wayside.


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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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