I finished the full review of the Tamron 18-250mm lens. It’s my longest to date with plenty of screen shots. This is a good cost effective alternative to the factory offerings if you factor in a good close macro and a little extra reach. Up next is the fast Sigma 18-50mm F/2.8 macro.
Now Fuji enters the ring with their own 18x zoom. This time it’s a 27-486mm F/2.8-4.5 in which the lens by the way, looks identical to my Olympus SP-550UZ. It think all the 18x lenses are made by the same company and the focal length range is a matter of sensor placement. I also noticed in the original press pictures some red fringing which I’ve shown, it’s the same picture, just cropped at 100%. They took this studio shot with a 12MP camera according to the file, and I’m not really impressed with them. anyways, here’s some quick specs on the Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd.
* 8MP 1/2.35″ CCD.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Specs here
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Homepage
Panasonic enters the super zoom field with the Lumix DMC-FZ18K. At first I though they were using the Olympus SP-550 UZ lens, but now I see there’s some difference in the front design and the lens rating; Olympus lists F/2.8-4.5, Panasonic F/2.8-4.2, no big deal anyways. Here’s some quick specs for the little super zoom.
* Lens, F/2.8-4.2, 28mm-504mm.