I have to admit I’m a budding Tamron fan. Personally, I blame my friendly local camera shop for introducing me. 😉
After having taken some very nice macro shots with another Tamron I have, I decided I’d get an additional Tamron, but for another purpose. In addition to being available for weddings, I tend to be asked to cover certain charity events; and I knew I’d probably need a “swiss army knife” lens that would allow me to have a nice range of focal lengths. Something that could capture both very wide-angle and fairly close-up telephoto shots so I didn’t need to carry three different lenses in my pockets.
The 18-270mm f/3.5 lens offers what I’ve seen to be a great compromise. Don’t get me wrong: I prefer primes for their image quality. But when you’re faced with an ever-changing and fast-paced environment, constantly swapping out lenses takes too much time and is personally stressful to me. Plus even many zooms don’t have this wide a range of focal lengths. And I’m genuinely pleased with the images I’ve gotten with this lens. With a street price of about $400, the price is worth a look too.