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In is­sue 46, you pit­ted the Nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G against the Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro, sup­pos­edly to find the best travel zoom. How­ever on page 136 you list the var­i­ous su­per­zooms avail­able, and the only lens to achieve a five-star rat­ing is the Tam­ron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro (the Nikon only gets three stars). Also, in a sim­i­lar ar­ti­cle in is­sue 39 the Tam­ron was a com­fort­able win­ner among eight lenses. I ac­cept that you hadn’t tested the Sigma at the time of is­sue 39 but in the cur­rent is­sue surely the test should have been be­tween the Tam­ron and the Sigma.

Terry New­man, Kent, UK Terry, the head-to-head com­pares two pop­u­lar op­tions that a num­ber of our read­ers are strug­gling to choose be­tween, rather than the two top lenses in a cat­e­gory. As you men­tioned, the Sigma lens wasn’t avail­able for the group test, so it was im­por­tant to com­pare it to the cur­rent crop. The Nikon is one of the most pop­u­lar lenses within that fo­cal length among our read­ers, and although it didn’t rank well in the group test it is still a de­cent op­tion.

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