About what you'd expect for the price.
Granskad i Storbritannien den 27 augusti 2020
So, you want another lens, besides the 18-55mm kit lens of which you've grown very fond (assuming you had a similar start as me), but you're tight for money. Honestly, this lens is not that much of a bad choice. You're likely better off saving your money for a zoom lens that performs a little better, but if you need one now, I say go for it.
It does all that you really need, to be perfectly honest, so long as you dont mind acting as though your tripod is instead a permanent extension of your camera, rather than a useful tool you may have on the offhand. What I mean by that is, this lens dislikes (to a very high degree, might i add) ANY kind of movement or vibration. Hell, even the subtle press of the shutter release on my camera is enough to trail the entire image. A remote shutter release is highly recommended, therefore. I shouldn't dwell on this factor too much, however, since this lens does not support Vibration Reduction, and it is also a telephoto lens. I don't know if you've ever used binoculars before, but holding them perfectly still is certainly a chore. In essence, you should know, when buying this lens, that it can't be used as a walk-around handheld lens, which isn't a bad thing.
Having had all of the above said, if you set your camera up properly, this lens does actually perform really well. I've found that setting your camera to about f/9, or around there, is the sweet-spot for the lens's aperture, and with a quick increase in post sharpening effects, the pictures will actually come out impressively clear. There's certainly no comparison to a non-variable zoom lens, but if you're an amateur wanting to take easy snaps of a city skyline, then this lens will do the job to a really high degree. The only problem is that it's often a little fiddly to get set up.
With the picture quality out of the way, I do want to talk about it's autofocus; let's just say, if the subject is moving fast, good luck. By making the lens attempt to auto focus on an object, it really does tend to sound like someone is trying to reverse a remote controlled car down the shaft of the lens and up into the sensor. Better yet, it does sometimes struggle to focus correctly, and on odd occasions, it will rotate the lens a full 180 degrees, before grinding it back to its starting position (where you were certain the picture looked clear to begin with anyway), bestowing upon to you its iconic RC motorbike sounds once again. Now, having said all of this, it does get the job done. It will eventually focus, and to be fair, it does actually attain its focus in a reasonable time more often than not, just dont expect it to focus on anything that tends to move faster than what an RC Car could achieve.
On to its weight. As predicted, it's a heavy one, but not unbearably so. It does feel like it's made out of 120 pound coins, both metaphorically and physically. Then again, I don't know what I'm expecting from a telephoto lens, they will always be this heavy, and honestly, I'd be slightly concerned if it weighed any less. It does feel nice to hold when it's on your camera. It really does help to beef the entire camera.
All in all, this lens is pretty good for the price it has. I'm definitely satisfied with it, and I feel I'll certainly use it. It's a shame it doesn't have VR, but you can't have your cake and eat it. If you aren't too bothered with photographing moving subjects, and are instead more of a stills photographer, you'll certainly find a use for this lens.
I do still recommend saving for a better lens, though. Tamron make some good lenses, and I'm sure you'll find one you like, just expect to fork out in excess of £350; even then thats a relatively cheap price.
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