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I am looking for a budget telephoto lens. The Canon 55-250 and Tamron 18-200 are both within my budget. I am slightly inclined towards getting the 18-200 because of the range it has. I looked up for reviews for this and couldn't find any good review with pictures from this lens. Can any one respond with quality of pics at 200mm ? Is it a good buy even though it doesn't have IS like the Canon 55-250?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Depending on the type of photography you do, the IS (or VC, Tamron's equivalent) feature is likely to me of greater value to you than marginal differences in image quality. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 15, 2012 at 9:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ There is also the ef-s 18-200 with image stabilization which you could consider. \$\endgroup\$
    – Francesco
    Oct 15, 2012 at 11:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ See the photozone.com website for reviews: Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) XR macro and Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS \$\endgroup\$
    – Omne
    Oct 15, 2012 at 12:22

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If you don't really need to be able to shoot wide with the same lens, then you'll generally get much better quality from a lens with narrower zoom range. To get a ~10x zoom range like the 18-200 compromises have to be made.

The Canon lens has a smaller zoom range, yet more reach and has stabilisation so is a better option on paper, however I've never used it so don't know how it performs in the real world.

Both lenses are designed for APS-C sensors only, if are thinking of upgrading to full frame you might want to consider a full frame lens, as in the telephoto range there is little weight penalty for the larger image circle.

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