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Tamron AF 18-250 mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical (IF)

21 August 2009
Szymon Starczewski

8. Vignetting

Zoom lenses with compact dimensions and wide focal lengths range hidden within, have often problems with the light fall-off in the frame corners. How the Tamron 18-250 mm fares here? To tell you the truth the result is better than expected so we think the lens more or less passed the test in this category.

Tamron AF 18-250 mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Vignetting


Significant vignetting appears when we deal with usually the most difficult combination of the maximum relative aperture and the shortest focal length. Here, vignetting reaches 33% (-1.15 EV) which is high but not very huge. A small stopping down to f/4.0 reduces this aberration to the level of 25% and by f/5.6 it decreases to 14%. By f/8.0 it becomes practically imperceptible (12%).

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At 50 mm the vignetting correction is normal – here , even at maximum aperture it reaches 16% (-0.51 EV) and it decreases to the level of 11% by f/5.6.

With using longer focal lengths the problem becomes significant again but not to the extend we feared. At 125 mm and by f/5.6 the vignetting reaches 23% (-0.77 EV) and it decreases to 13% on stopping down by 1 EV. By f/11 the problem disappears (6%).

At the maximum focal length and maximum aperture the corner brightness loss is 25% (-0.85 EV). This result is not bad, although the light is still average. By f/8.0 the vignetting decreases to the value 16% and by f/11 – to 8%.

In this category the Tamron 18-270 VC results were several percent worse at most of apertures used. The Sigma 18-200 OS had very similar results but its focal lengths range was narrower. Once again, the tested lens fared quite well here.


Tamron AF 18-250 mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Vignetting

Tamron AF 18-250 mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Vignetting