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Tamron AF 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF)

12 January 2011
Arkadiusz Olech

4. Image resolution

For a zoom lens with such a wide range the situation in the frame centre is not bad. You can even consider it quite good if you avoid the maximum relative aperture, sticking to the range of 18-100 mm. The nicest results we see at 50 mm, where the lens reaches the maximum of its possibilities, 39 lpmm, giving very sharp pictures. Then the situation is getting worse: to 100 mm slowly but quite steeply afterwards.

Tamron AF 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Image resolution

The results we see at 200 mm won’t satisfy anybody. It’s an effect of two factors: a wide focal lengths range, which is bound to have a weak point somewhere, and small dimensions of the lens, which, at 200 mm, force you to use the fastness as slow as f/6.3. Most lenses exactly near f/5.6-f/8 reach the peak of their possibilities. The Tamron can’t do that because for him it’s the maximum relative aperture, where the image is still strongly influenced by different aberrations. These aberrations are also visible by f/8 and by f/11 so the results leave a lot to be desired there and only by f/16 the aberrations become less significant. By f/16, though, the lens can’t spread its wings anymore because of the diffraction limit.


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At the edge of the frame we see the situation from the centre repeated. A very nice performance at 50 mm, quite good at 18 and 100 mm and very weak at 200 mm are worthy of our notice.

Tamron AF 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Image resolution

The graphs above showed us the RAW results; below we can see frame centre crops (two first) and a frame edge crop (the lowest) from images saved as JPEG files and taken with Parameters 2 settings, which in the Canon 20D are less aggressive than more sharpening Parameters 1. You should pay attention to the quite unacceptable image quality at the edge of the field (the lowest picture) at 200 mm. It’s the price we must pay for a megazoom lens. You should be aware of it.

Tamron AF 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Image resolution

Tamron AF 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) - Image resolution