Silly Lens Review Comments

The North Davidson (NoDa) area of Charlotte

We photographers all spend a certain amount of time looking over the lenses we don’t own, sort of in an “ask your doctor if this lens is right for you” way. 😉  Yesterday’s surfing took me down the rabbit hole of the recently introduced Tamron 18-300mm zoom lens. I’ve been thinking of renting a copy of this lens to evaluate its suitability as a do-everything lens for travel and wanted to check out some reviews. I was amused by a couple of the comments that seemed especially contradictory:

“Not as sharp as my Fuji lenses, but perfect for travel photos.” So…travel photos don’t need to be sharp?

“If you’re an amateur/occasional photographer maybe it won’t make much difference but if you shoot on a frequent basis, I highly recommend looking at other options.” I don’t take a lot of photos so I won’t know if the lens is good or not?

“A great Kit lens, but image quality and focus are lacking. The edges and corners are soft at most focal lengths, and it focuses poorly at the longer focal lengths, 200mm to 300mm. I was never able to get an image in focus of birds on a rock. The focus seems to be behind the subject. I even shot at 1/1000 of a second to make sure there was no camera movement. It’s a great kit and travel lens if image quality and critical focus at the higher mm lengths aren’t important to you.” Hmmmm. No.

6 thoughts on “Silly Lens Review Comments”

    1. I guess I pay too much attention to what I write, and I try to not be contradictory! Yes, lots of experts, real and imagined. In all fields!

  1. Made me laugh this morning. Reminds me of the saying, “A wise man speaks because he has something to say. A fool speaks because he has to say something.” So, did I just demonstrate I’m a fool? Wait, don’t answer that!

  2. “A fool speaks because he has to say something.” That kind of summarizes the internet, doesn’t it?

    Nah, you’re no fool – you have something to say! 🙂

  3. Ha. This is the type of thing that has turned me off of gear-oriented sites and why I should stop reading a lot of comments in general. It really seems that a lot of people don’t re-read what they wrote to see if it makes any sense to a reader.

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