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Tamron - AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DI II VC LD Aspheric [IF] Macro Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR

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  • Product Description: Tamron B003 - zoom lens - 18 mm - 270 mm
  • Lens System: Zoom lens
  • Intended For: Digital SLR
  • Mounting Type: Canon EF-S
  • Lens Aperture: F/3.5-6.3
  • Focal Length: 18 mm - 270 mm
  • Optical Zoom: 15 x
  • Min Focus Range: 49 cm
  • Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual
  • Lens Construction: 13 group(s) / 18 element(s)
  • Special Functions: Zoom
  • Filter Size: 72 mm
  • Length: 10.1 cm
  • Weight: 0.55 kg


Product details

  • Item Weight: 549 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 5570
  • ASIN: B001FB6PJS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 21 Oct 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Worlds first and greatest zoom ratio of 15X, covering 28-419mm 35mm-equivalent angle of view Going back to the basic concept of one lens covering everything from wide angle to telephoto, engineers at Tamron took up the difficult task of expanding the zoom range of Tamrons high power zoom lenses even further. Their unstinting efforts to extend the telephoto end beyond previous limits while retaining the wide-angle end at 18mm has borne fruit as an ultra high power zoom lens that is exclusively designed for DSLR cameras and boasts the greatest zoom range of 15X for the first time in the world. Tamrons original VC mechanism for effective shake-free hand-held photography Tamrons proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism was built in the AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC (Model A20) for the first time. It demonstrated its powerful compensation effect employing a tri-axial system that is designed to let three coils drive a compensator lens electromagnetically via three steel balls. Since the compensator lens is supported on rolling steel balls with very low friction, follow-up performance is also enhanced, resulting in stabilized viewfinder images. Since the mechanism is designed to allow parallel shifting of the compensator lens solely by means of electrical control, the mechanical construction is simpler and more compact, so the lens can be kept as a small and light as possible.

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98 of 100 people found the following review helpful By A. Waggott on 11 Feb 2009
I have upgraded to this lens from the previous Tamron 18mm-200mm zoom lens which was very good. This lens does go the extra mile especially with IS (image stability), it does give me a bit extra zoom which is always useful. I do use this as my only lens because I am not a professional photographer but just like to be ready for most situations when they appear. I like taking techincally good pictures and this lens goes a long way to helping me do just that.
I have recently read an article in the magazine PhotoPlus (Canon Edition), they have reviewed this type of zoom lens, and this came out top.
The only down side to this lens it does seem a little heavy but just think about what you get in the lens to make it do what it does (weight taken from the Tamron web site - 550g (19.5oz)).
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ofsted on 12 July 2009
I bought this lens in preparation for a visit to Kew Gardens to capture a variety of plant forms on camera. It did not disappoint. Yes - it is quite heavy and does tend to creep when carried without the lock engaged - but its versatility outweighs such matters. From wide angle to close up this is my lens of choice. The image stabilisation is good enough to capture the detail in a buzzard's wing when hand held at maximum zoom.

In manual focus however the ring is very "slack" and not as easy to use - but with practice I am sure I will master it. Also I find the LOCK button which stops the lens creeping under its own weight when not in use rather fiddly to engage.

Looking for a general purpose lens for the CAnon EOS 450D - look no further than this lens - but shop around to get the best price!
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*** Note Amazon have this lens listed several times ! Search on 'Tamron 18-270' in the 'Electronics' department to see them all. It's worth checking each listing as availability and prices differ....!
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[I've added 5 photos to the item page showing the lens fitted to my EOS400D, to highlight the notable features and show the included lens hood/retail box.]

Firstly, be careful that this lens will work with your Canon EOS as I believe it is not compatible with the entire range (something to do with the imaging sensor)...

I bought it for use with my EOS 400D and it works fine; I previously had both a 28-200 and a 18-35 lens, so this lens not only replaces BOTH lenses but gives me even MORE range at the top-end !

[I recently went on a long overseas holiday and the constant lens swapping (I often needed the 18-28 capability) got to be a real pain, as well as me having to either carry both lenses or 'miss' certain shots if I had only the one with me on an excursion. When my 28-200 suddenly failed catastrophically, the 'justification' for buying this lens was made - although I may well have been tempted at some point anyway...]

The lens is 'stubby', relatively light and is well-made. It rests in the hand very well when fitted to the camera body and is quiet in operation.

Image quality seems to be excellent (I compared it to my existing lenses by swapping/snapping the same view and assessing the resulting images).

The stabilisation feature definitely offers an advantage and you can even see an improvement in performance when looking through the viewfinder and preparing for a shot; I think this is a 'killer' feature.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By R. P. Whitworth on 14 Nov 2009
I bought a Canon 500D with the intention of using my Sigma 24-300 zoom lens with it. As the 500D is a 15mp camera, I thought the Sigma would be an ideal lens for it. How wrong! With the larger image size came more noticeable blurring, as the Sigma is not image stabilised. So I purchased a Tamron 18-270 DI, which is stabilised.
The first few shots taken with the camera/lens were no better that with the Sigma lens, still blurry, until I realised that there is a technique to using this lens. When you focus the camera the image through the viewfinder shakes, then freezes, and and soon as it freezes, you follow through with the shutter release. Result: perfectly focussed picture. If you leave the release too long after the composed frame has stabilised, you may find a slightly unfocussed image results, particularly on longer focal lengths. Then again, it could just be me!!
However, for me this is almost the perfect lens. I visited Italy recently, and could not take a bad picture there. From point-and-shoot snapshots to composed pictures, it was spot on.
It is worth noting that this lens is made for APS-C sized sensors, and will not fit full-frame type digital or film type cameras.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard The book boy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 May 2010
I usually use top of the range Nikon gear and do have the 18 200 VR II. My wife wanted a lens with a bit more reach but did not want to keep chnaging lenses so we went for this Tamron. So far it has produced perfectly acceptable images and has stood up to quite hard use (she takes it horse riding!). For pixel peppers, yes there is a bit of distortion, chromatic abberations and softness at the edges but for the average usuer this won't be a problem. She loves the lens and has produced some lovely shots with her D90 espechially at the tele end stopped down to F8 (6.3 is a bit soft but not noticable on 7X5's. If you want an all in one walk (or ride around) lens this is perfectly adequate for the casual photographer. I can see a differece at the tele end between my 70 200 VR II nikon but it's not that far behind and the nikon cost 4 x as much and is huge and heavy. People must go out and use their kit as that is what it is for and not fuss over MTF charts at this end of the market. I would be more than happy to take this lens on holiday or on a trip where I wanted to have a great zoom range and travel light.
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