I have a Nikon 18-200 VR which I think is great. I often use the 200mm part of it so I'm thinking of an even more extreme superzoom, but I'm not familiar with other lenses than Nikon, but I have been thinking about Tamron 18-270.

Has anyone experience with this lens? I have not seen any good reviews of it or comparisons with the Nikon 18-200? How do they compare?

Also, are there any other alternatives? I saw a superzoom in a magazine some weeks ago that went from 16-xxxmm and that could also be interesting.

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I've got the Tamron 18-270 for my Canon, and very happy with it.

  • Will give it a try. I think this is the only obvious choice. A 70-200 is not a superzoom.
    – grm
    Aug 21, 2010 at 16:52
  • If you are thinking about going Full Frame in the future, there's also a 28-300, which a colleague of mine had for his Canon 5D and was very happy with it too.
    – Daniel O
    Aug 21, 2010 at 22:22

There's a new Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens you might consider for about $1000. Ken Rockwell loves it.

  • Thanks. Saw it. Only problem is the need for a d700 ontop of that :)
    – grm
    Oct 14, 2010 at 6:22
  • ken rockwell? really
    – Janardan S
    Oct 7, 2016 at 8:05

The 16-xx you're thinking of may be the Tokina 16.5-135 which was announced a year or two ago; available at B&H for $450. It's a nice focal range in general but not if you're wanting more than 200mm.

Note that the 18-200's internal focus design means that when focusing close, it's considerably shorter than 200mm. So it could be that a real 200mm would meet your needs.

You might also consider a zoom which is longer but less super, such as the 70-300 VR or the AF-D version which is not VR but is very inexpensive ($150).


The full frame for Tamron 28-300 is actually getting a pretty good review (check Amazon). Here is the dpreview lens review for Tamron 18-270 (ASP-C): DPREVIEW (not bad for a super zoom)


I was in a similar situation, and I decided to get a used 70-200mm f/2.8 and the Nikon TC-17E teleconverter. It is a pretty pricey solution, but the lens is great!

See my somewhat related question here

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