differences

Reasons to consider the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Sony Alpha

Better telephoto 300 mm vs 200 mm
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50% more reach, less perspective distortion
Cheaper $144.95 vs $675.00
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The best price we've seen is $530 cheaper (4.7x less)
More magnification 1:2 (0.5) vs 1:3.7 (0.3)
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Take macro shots with subjects around 90% larger in your photo
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Sony Alpha Learn more about
the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Sony Alpha

Reasons to consider the Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3

Much more zoom 11.1x vs 4.3x
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More than 2.5x more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Much narrower aperture f/22 vs f/5.6
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At its narrowest, the E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 goes 3.9 f-stops narrower
Better wide angle 18 mm vs 70 mm
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3.9x better wide angle
Wider aperture f/3.5 vs f/4
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At its widest, the E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Slightly shorter 102 mm vs 117 mm
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More than 10% shorter
Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Learn more about
the Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Zoom range Great zoom Help
70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Sony Alpha4.3x
E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.311.1x
Max focal length Good telephoto Help
70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Sony Alpha300 mm
E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3200 mm
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Prime lens Both are zoom lenses Help
Typically not as sharp as prime lenses
Fixed aperture Both are variable aperture lenses Help
Narrower aperture at longer focal lengths

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Weight Light weight Help
70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Sony Alpha435 g
E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.30.5 kg
Length Short Help
70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Sony Alpha117 mm
E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3102 mm
Min focal length Good wide-angle Help
70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Sony Alpha70 mm
E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.318 mm
Diameter Small diameters Help
76 mm
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Sony Alpha$144.95
E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3$675.00
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur

competitors

Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Competitors

Sony 18-135mm

Sony 18-135mm

Travel lens

Length Slightly shorter
Weight Slightly lighter
Zoom range Significantly less zoom
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

Wildlife lens

$349

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Zoom range More zoom
Wide minimum Much wider aperture
Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM Contemporary Sony Alpha

Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM Contemporary Sony Alpha

Travel lens

$399

Zoom range Significantly more zoom
Max focal length Better telephoto
Wide minimum Much wider aperture

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Sony Alpha Competitors

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Sony Alpha

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Sony Alpha

Wildlife lens

$179 - $180

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

Wildlife lens

$349

Zoom range Much more zoom
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Max focal length Worse telephoto
Sony 18-135mm

Sony 18-135mm

Travel lens

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Zoom range More zoom
Max focal length Worse telephoto

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