Pentax SMC DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 SDM zoom Lens Review at EPZ: "This lens does perform well at shorter focal lengths, but the lack of sharpness at the telephoto end my be enough to put many prospective purchasers off this lens"

Every superzoom lens is a super compromise, especially at the tele-end of things, and this one ain't the exception. Gary Wolstenhome uses a Pentax K-5IIs camera to review the lens, and provides plenty of full sized samples to back up his claims:

"Lenses that cover high zoom ranges such as this lens are always a bit of a compromise. However, this lens does perform well at shorter focal lengths, but the lack of sharpness at the telephoto end my be enough to put many prospective purchasers off this lens. Even so, when used within its limitations it is still more than capable of producing decent results. If the convenience of having one lens that covers all situations is the most important consideration, then this could be the lens for you." . . . read more

Olympus releases Redesigned Olympus M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 II Superzoom tele lens

I guess this is what Olympus users wanted, a new, dark n'plastic 75-300mm lens. At least it looks like a proper lens now, and the addition of ZERO coating won't hurt either. Reading the press release issued by Olympus, i wonder what they mean by saying that the lens is redesigned to match the E-M5 and the Pen series cameras. So, what did the previous lens match, the drapes?

Olympus Press Release

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 29, 2013 – Olympus makes high-performance super-telephoto shooting more accessible than ever before by introducing the affordable M.ZUIKO ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 II lens (35mm equivalent 150-600mm). Olympus has redesigned the lens to match the distinctive OM-D E-M5®   and PEN®Micro Four Thirds® series cameras and added a new advanced ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating to keep scratches off, and . . . read more

Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Review at DPReview: A Superzoom range lens is a marriage of compromises, and this one is no exception.

"Autofocus is near-silent, but on the Canon-mount version we tested not especially fast - this is one area where it lags behind similar lenses from Sigma, Nikon or Canon. But the PZD motor is at least faster than the sometimes painfully-slow micromotor used in the older Tamron AF 18-270mm F/3.5-5.6 Di II VC. The image stabilization system works quite well too, although we've found it to be slightly less effective than its predecessor's, it's still good for letting you use shutter speeds a couple of stops slower than you'd otherwise be able to hand-hold without blur. . . . read more

Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G DX ED VR lens review at Photography Life: A lens that excels at being bad, in a non MJ way.

"In summary, as you can clearly see from this review, the Nikon 18-300mm is a very average lens with average performance overall. It is optically worse than the 18-200mm and it is much bigger and heavier in comparison. It has plenty of distortion, chromatic aberration, vignetting and other issues, but worst of all – its optical performance and focus accuracy at long focal lengths is disappointing. Personally, I would rather opt for the 18-105mm kit lens or the 18-200mm, both of which are cheaper and better optically. Add the focus breathing “feature” and it becomes more like a 18-135mm lens, so you are not getting the full 300mm anyway (except if shooting objects at infinity)." . . . read more

Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM review at DPReview: Best lens in the Dsrl travel ultra zoom game.

"The Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM fits the bill nicely; it's compact, has decent enough optics, offers fast autofocus and effective image quality, and tops this all off with impressive close-up ability. We'd be inclined to conclude that it's the best-rounded general-purpose SLR lens currently on the market." . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR review at DP Review

The specs of this lens say a lot: The biggest focal range Nikon has ever used (and enyone else for the matter), big, heavy, and loaded with goodies such as VR II stabilizing and 'Super Integrated Coating':

"Optically the 18-300mm is fairly typical for its type, which is to say plenty of compromises come with its huge range. Sharpness is something of a mixed bag - as usual for a superzoom it's best towards the wide end, but the corners of the . . . read more

Pentax announces 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM and HD 560mm F5.6 ED AW lenses, something for both poor and rich photographers.

Pentax press Release

Smc PENTAX-DA 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM

A high-magnification zoom lens featuring 15x zoom ratio and supersonic AF motor, for K-mount digital interchangeable-lens cameras . . . read more

Nikon 18-300mm VR DX AF-S G ED NIKKOR review by Ken Rockwell

"For DX cameras, this lens is an easy recommendation. There is nothing on Earth like this lens. Nothing else covers this huge range with VR and instant manual-focus override. Mud brands like Tamron usually offer cheap copies, sometimes with even broader zoom ranges, but they usually lack full-time manual focus override or good VR, and certainly lack mechanical quality and often lack future compatibility with new Nikon cameras." . . . read more

Nikon announces AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR and AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lenses

Nikon goes where no one has gone before, the land of monstrous 18-300mm lenses, a huge 16.7x zoom ratio. This should be the lazy photogs companion lens of choice, albeit at a pretty hefty price. As for the second lens of this announcement, well, it seems to be the perfect kit lens companion for a yet un-announced affordable full frame camera.  . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Leaked and withdrawn within hours on all European Nikon sites, the official unveiling is probably due today or tomorrow. Here are the details:

High-powered DX-format zoom lens with wide-angle to super-telephoto reach. Built to handle diverse situations, this all-round lens offers an ultra-high 16.7x zoom ratio with an incredibly wide 18-300mm focal range. . . . read more

Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II LD [IF] Asph. VC macro Nikon DX format review at Photozone

"The predecessor of the 18-270mm VC, the 18-250mm, came up with surprisingly high resolution numbers in our initial lab tests, but these tests were based on 8mp (Canon) and 10mp (Nikon) test bodies. The situation is a little different now on the 16 MP D7000, where the 18-270mm VC struggles somewhat to impress. At 18mm and 35mm the lens is able to deliver a generally decent quality with an extremely sharp center and acceptable borders, at least when stopped down. . . . read more

Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens on the NEX-7 Samples and first impressions @ SAL

"The other thing I noticed about the Sony E-mount 18-200mm lens is the zoom will not stay set if your aimed up or down. The zoom walks open to max or closed in these situations and you need to hold the zoom with your hand to keep it from walking. When I was taking the product shots I had the lens sitting on the white backdrop in the vertical position and when I zoomed it to 200mm and let go, it would just close back down to . . . read more

7 $tunning Lenses @ Photo District News

With the total worth of these lenses you can buy a nice ranch in Montana, or a night at a boutique hotel in Tokyo. What you CANNOT buy however, are the 7 aforementioned lenses, since at least a couple of them are/will be backordered forever.

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Sigma 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM lens review @ LensTip

A value oriented all-rounder lens that's available in a lot of mounts:

"Perhaps the most important question this review should answer is whether the new model of the tested lens is better than its predecessor. The answer seems to be positive. The resolution of the new lens is similar to that of the older model; the chromatic aberration, distortion on wide angle, . . . read more

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. Review @ Photography blog

100-300mm translates to 200-600mm in 35mm equivalent terms. Thats some serious zoom reach.


"The LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. lens offers virtually silent focusing. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the DMC-GH2, though not quite as zippy as the GH2 and 14-140mm lens combo. With the focus mode on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 set to AFC, the lens tracked moving subjects well. . . . read more

Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Lens Review @ dpreview

"The Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM was first announced in January 2009, becoming available to buy in March the same year. It's essentially an update to the 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM, with an extended 13.9x zoom range bringing it closer in reach to the 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 VC from Sigma's great rivals Tamron. Impressively, the improved telephoto range has been accommodated with . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm F4-5.8 OIS @ DP review

"With all this software correction of lens aberrations going on, it's perhaps inevitable that some people will look upon Panasonic's approach as 'cheating'. After all, the argument runs, film camera lenses were always properly corrected optically, so surely the use of software to achieve the same effect is simply cost-cutting, and therefore somehow 'cheating'. We think this is fundamentally the wrong way to look at it. In photography, what ultimately counts is the final image - the means to get there is relatively unimportant. As we've s . . . read more

Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens is a variable maximum aperture zoom lens. Maximum aperture starts at f/3.5 at 28mm, narrows to f/4 near 50mm, to f/4.5 near 55mm, to f/5 around 70mm and finally to f/5.6 approximately 115mm. Slightly annoying to me is that AV and M modes gives two clicks for f/5 at 70mm. These maximum apertures indicate that the 28-300 L is not a "Fast" . . . read more

Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"At 200mm, the short 17.7" (450mm) MFD (Minimum Focus Distance) creates a nice MM (Maximum Magnification) of .28x. So, close subjects are included in the 28-200's capabilities. 

Overall, the Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM Lens optically disappoints. 
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