8 out of 10 points and recommendedGood balanced between image quality and versatility. Solid build quality. AF is fast and accurate. For a travel/walk-around lens and given the pricing point, Tamron has stricken a sweet spot!Not exactly the "Cons" but the lens design does give up the following: 1) above 200mm, don't expect great sharpness. 2) Also, if you compare the CA with any 70-300mm or prime, you will see the difference.
It's a great walk around lens. I compared it with Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR and did not see significant difference that justified the price difference. It's a good, reasonable priced all-around, walk-around lens. I have it mounted on my D5200 most of the time; specially if I am traveling and not wanting to or able to bring other lens. AF is fast and accurate. Close range focus is good. Below 200mm image quality is acceptably sharp. It's probably not going to please pixel peeper, but considering the balanced between the versatility and performance, it's a fun travel lens.reviewed April 25th, 2016 (purchased for $620)
10 out of 10 points and recommendedGood Build quality, Sharp, reasonable price, soft velvety background blur.Bit heavier then I expected.
This lens is SHARP! It's a must have lens for anyone does indoor photography. When it's wide open at F1.8, background blur (I refused to use the word bokeh; much like I now refuse to drink IPA. Both are sooo over used and abused) is soft ad velvety. I rented this lens to take with me on a oversea trip to Asia. I had tons fun with it. It works very well as a street photography lens mounted on a APS-C body. Background blur is so soft and smooth that it isolate the object very well. AF works well as expected. I did not experience any front/back focus issue as mention in other review on internet. OK, when it comes it's weight, it's not light. But this is a very unique lens. There is nothing like this out there!reviewed April 25th, 2016