Sony NEX-5n with Tamron 18-200mm zoom


Sony NEX-5n Tamron 18-200mm zoom lens
Sony NEX-5n Tamron 18-200mm zoom lens
1/40th sec. f/11 ISO 200 200mm

After using the Tamron 18-200mm with my NEX-7 - 
I thought I would try it with my NEX-5n. 

Plus after a relatively unsuccesful experience with the NEX-7 at higher ISO's -
I wanted to try the same with the NEX-5n.

Sony NEX-5n Tamron 18-200mm zoom lens
Sony NEX-5n Tamron 18-200mm zoom lens
1/250th. sec. f/11 ISO 200 18mm

As with my experiences with the NEX-7, the Tamron 18-200mm turned in a very decent performance. Its not great certainly at 200mm, but then that is not unusual for lenses of this type. The rest of the focal range is pretty good, particularly when combined with the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw and the lens profile that can be found there.

Sony NEX-5n Tamron 18-200mm zoom lens
Sony NEX-5n Tamron 18-200mm zoom lens
1/50th. sec. f/11 ISO 200 80mm

Sony NEX-5n Tamron 18-200mm zoom lens
Sony NEX-5n Tamron 18-200mm zoom lens
1/100th. sec. f/11 ISO 200 77mm

Sony NEX-5n Tamron 18-200mm zoom lens
Sony NEX-5n Tamron 18-200mm zoom lens
1/80th. sec. f/11 ISO 320 51mm

Sony NEX-5n Tamron 18-200mm zoom lens
Sony NEX-5n Tamron 18-200mm zoom lens
1/400th. sec. f/11 ISO 200 39mm

Sony NEX-5n Tamron 18-200mm zoom lens
Sony NEX-5n Tamron 18-200mm zoom lens
1/100th. sec. f/4.5 ISO 100 28mm

Below is a shot taken wide open at ISO 800.

Sony NEX-5n Tamron 18-200mm zoom lens
1/500th. sec. f/6.3 ISO 800 200mm

As you can see this is a good result.

I should also mention the lenses image stabilisation with is excellent. To show this I shot a short video, which has some serious "bird-bothering" in it. Nothing fancy with this, I just pressed the big red button and let the camera do its thing. I've used the image stabilisation function in iMovie as well, to get less jerkiness. Again this is pretty good.


As before, I feel this is a useful and considering the compromises that these lenses are, a decent performer. I don't have the Sony version any more to do a direct comparison with, but my feeling is that the image quality and useabiity is much the same. However the Tamron is smaller, lighter and cheaper. Plus you can get it in black.

The NEX-5n also proves itself some way better at high(er) ISO's than the NEX-7. Though not as good as the X-Pro 1 (But then what is?) it works very well at ISO 800 and I would have no hesitation in using that, should I need to. This once again confirms to me just how good the 5n is. Lots of people seem to be trying to decide betwen a NEX-7, OM-D or X-Pro 1, and I would just repeat again that its well worth including the NEX-5n in those deliberations. Its a very good camera. Indeed it was the Soundimageplus Camera of the year for 2011, and after that prestigious accolade (!!!!) what more does it have to prove. OK its an ugly little sucker, but then you can't have everything.



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