I posted here about a year ago when I was in the process of moving to a Nikon outfit (a move I don't regret). I was wondering at the time about getting a Nikon 18-200 but opted for the kit 18-105 which turned out to be a remarkably good lens for the price. I've since added a 10-24 and 70-300 tele, all of which I'm very pleased with.
However, I still like the idea of a walk-around lens for the times when I don't want to carry the whole kitbag with me and am considering either the Nikon 18-200 or a Tamron 18-270 (either the older version or the newer one). I've seen some pretty horrendous stories about the new one (mainly related to the Piezo drive) and was wondering what Nikon users' thoughts were. I know the Nikon will be better built but reviews seem to say that IQ is very comparable between the Nikon and the Tamrons.
Price-wise the older Tamron seems good value and I'm leaning towards that but would welcome any thoughts. As I said in my earlier post, I know that there are always compromises with these lenses but I have my other kit when I need it (and will be adding a 35mm f1.8 soon as well)- just don't want to always have to carry everything around all the time.
Any advice would be gratefully received.