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Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD LD Aspherical IF Macro Zoom Lens with Built in Motor for Canon DSLR Cameras

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  • Silent ultrasonic Piezo Drive motor
  • Vibration Compensation
  • Wide 18-270mm focal range
  • Ideal travel lens
  • 24% more compact and 100g lighter than its predecessor the 18-270mm VC (Model B003)
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DPReview Tested December 2012
The Tamron 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD is a perfectly competent superzoom that squeezes a huge focal length range into a compact package.
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The Tamron 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD is a perfectly competent superzoom that squeezes a huge focal length range into a compact package. Autofocus is slower than its competitors, however, and image quality is weak at the telephoto end.

Reasons to buy

  • Very useful 15x zoom range
  • Good image quality at wide angle
  • Quiet autofocus
  • Reasonably effective image stabilization
  • Compact and lightweight

Things to consider

  • Rather soft at telephoto end, especially wide open
  • Strong distortion across most of the range
  • Chromatic aberration at each end of the zoom
  • Slower autofocus than its peers

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Anyone looking for a compact, lightweight, all-in-one general purpose and travel lens.

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Sports or action work that requires fast autofocus.
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Dimensions 7.4 cm x 8.8 cm x 7.4 cm 8 cm x 99.5 cm x 7.5 cm 10.7 cm x 8.4 cm x 10.9 cm 7.4 cm x 8.9 cm x 7.4 cm
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  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7.4 x 7.4 cm ; 449 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 680 g
  • Item model number: B008C
  • ASIN: B004FLJVXM
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 11 Dec. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
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The Tamron Superzoom

The Tamron 18-270mm VC ultra zoom for APS-C format DSLRs has reached an exceptional level of compactness, performance, and speed. This lens incorporates the addition of a PZD (Piezo Drive), an ultrasonic autofocus motor based on a piezoelectric design. The result is a lens that's considerably light, and noticeably shorter and slimmer (filter diameter only 62mm) than many previous lenses in its class, and provides fast, quiet auto-focusing. Signature features that have made this versatile lens the world standard in its class have been retained. They include a 28-419mm equivalent (15X) zoom range, an improved, lightweight, compact Vibration Compensation (VC) system, macro focusing to 0.49m (19.3 inches) throughout, and, of course, superlative imaging performance.

PZD Drive
The benefit of Vibration Compensation
Piezo Drive Technology

Piezo Drive (PZD) Ultrasonic Autofocus Motors are divided into two categories depending on the principle that generates the energy to move the drive: travelling wave motors and standing wave motors. Travelling wave motors include the ring type ultrasonic motor used in the 70-300mm F/4-5.6 VC USD as well as other lenses, but this lens employs another technology, the PZD (Piezo Drive), which functions on the standing wave principle. A standing wave ultrasonic motor utilises high-frequency voltage to extend and turn the piezoelectric (piezoceramic) element, thus moving the entire element in a standing wave movement. The metal tip is the contact point of the element to the rotor, and moves in an elliptic motion from the swivelling motion of the moving element, and the friction from this motion turns the rotor. Standing wave ultrasonic motors have the distinct advantage of being smaller than their travelling wave counterparts, and therefore allow a more compact SLR lens size.

Vibration Compensation

Vibration Compensation (VC) Shake can ruin your photos, particularly when taking telephoto shots or shooting in low light conditions. Simply flip the VC switch on and you'll notice the difference immediately. VC delivers blur free handheld images for incredible results. VC mechanism employs a three-coil system. The lens element compensates for vibration using 3-steel balls (making movement quiet and smooth), for exceptional images at slower shutter speeds. This reduces the need for a tripod, brings out contrast to motion and stillness, and eliminates the need to shoot with a flash.

Zoom lock feature

Another original Tamron mechanical engineering concept is the Zoom Lock (ZL), a simple convenience feature that prevents undesired extension of the lens barrel when carrying the camera/lens unit on a neck strap.

The use of Aspherical Lens Elements (ASL)

The Tamron 18-270mm lens highlights the ultimate in image quality with Aspherical Lens Elements(ASL). These optics allow Tamron to achieve exceptionally high image quality, and at the same time produce lenses that offer remarkable zoom ranges in compact packages. Tamron has virtually eliminated spherical aberration and image distortion from the high-power-zoom series. Through the effective application of Hybrid Aspherical Technology, one lens element can take the place of multiple elements without compromising performance. This is what allows Tamron to produce compact, long-range lenses that deliver a uniformly high level of image quality at all focal lengths and apertures.

Powerful 15x Zoom
Huge 15x Zoom

This lens covers an extremely broad range of focal lengths, from an extra-wide 18mm length to a telephoto 270mm length (the 35mm equivalent of 28mm to 419mm). The resulting 15x zoom ratio is exeptionally large, representing a wide cross section of Tamron high-power zoom design technologies. Plus, the vibration compensation works throughout the entire zoom range, giving you the freedom to create a wide variety of images. The lens lets users capture once-in-a-lifetime panoramic landscape images or close-up pictures of children smiling, all without getting too close to the subject or changing lenses. Other details include a macro magnification range of 1:3.5, a minimum focusing distance of 19.3 inches, and a 72mm filter diameter. The lens measures 3.1 inches in diameter and 3.9 inches long.


Key Benefits of the Tamron Superzoom
  • Extremely fast Piezo drive focusing motor
  • Vibration Compensation for ultra sharp images
  • Compact design
  • long zoom range for versatility
  • Designed for APS-C sized sensors

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    Style Name: Canon
    ....Versatility never comes without cost:

    GENERAL
    + First impression when mounted to my t2i was "wow". I could hardly believe how small this thing really is considering it's zoom range! It's also very light (only a tiny little bit heavier than a Tamron 17-50 2.8!)
    You can carry it around easily and my t2i felt very well balanced with it. - A good start
    + the lens comes with a lens hood (you see Canon!?) and with a 5 years warranty. That's quite a package, even though the lens hood (being suitable for all offered focal lengths) cannot really help when you are zoomed in to the max.

    BUILT QUALITY
    +- the lens is manufactured in China. Quality appearance is ok, but nothing to rave about

    IMAGE QUALITY
    Resolution
    +- considering it's enormous range, I was surprised how sharp this lens can get. Resolution is not the reason why I finally opted against the product. It never really gets razor sharp, but at least at most focal lengths it will get the job done. As long as you don't plan to print really big, contemplate your pictures at 100% view on a monitor, or plan to crop details, things will look quite all right (i will upload a few samples, to show you). There are only a few focal lengths at which it delivers really poor resolution unless stopped down at least two f-stops. Unfortunately two rather important settings are among these problematic ones. At the end of the zoom range (250-270 mm f 6.3) and at it's beginning (18 mm f 3.5) pictures can look plainly soft. Especially at the long end, this can be very disturbing as you need a whole lot of light anyway when shooting at 270mm. At f8 things look better, but you won't blur your background that easily and of course you will need quite bright light to get these shots free of shake.
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    By Shaun Horrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 April 2011
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    Photography has changed since I last owned an SLR some 20 years ago. At that time, for most of us, prints would be viewed at 6x4 or 7x5, or perhaps for that special one or two pictures enlarged to 10x8. Now we look at our photos on a large computer monitor or an HDTV at a much higher resolution than our old pictures would ever be viewed at and we expect them to still look good.

    After much research I once again found that lenses are still all about compromise. The compromise of price against performance, of performance versus ease of use, of zoom versus prime, and many other compromises. As with most amateur photographers I don't have infinite funds and although without doubt a collection of Canon L series lenses would give the best image quality possible, I had to look at more realistic options.

    I also wanted a lens with a large focal range so that I would not have to carry other lenses with me and I was initially going to buy the older version of this lens. After trying the two side by side though, the PZD version wins hands down. It is smaller, lighter, quieter, and much faster to focus than its older brother. I know the weight difference doesn't sound like much on paper, but the two lenses feel totally different on the camera. The older version feels heavy and bulky compared to the newer one. Also compared to the older version of the lens, the PZD motor is almost silent the focus locks on very quickly, as does the image stabilisation.

    As for image quality - once again there are compromises. There is some vignetting at longer focal lengths and perhaps the images are a fraction soft around the edges, but these really are a small price to pay for the convenience of a lens that covers such a massive focal range.
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    I've only had this Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD a couple of weeks now and have taken a couple of hundred images using it fitted to my Canon 600D / T3i. I purchased this lens in the UK for £425 and can immediately state that I'm very pleased with it.

    Image quality wise I'd say that it's on par with the Canon kit lenses (EF-S 18-55 & 55-250), so don't expect this Tamron lens to provide you with ultra sharp images on your HDTV or monitor! As well as appearing a bit soft images also seem slightly flat on colour & contrast (though the time of year is a major factor here I suspect!), and certainly you'll need relatively good lighting conditions to get the best out of the very fast & accurate PZD auto-focusing system. The PDZ auto-focusing works well in "Quick" and "Live View" modes on the Canon 600D body.

    Notwithstanding, the VC stability system certainly helps to keep "shake" to a minimum and really does make this lens easy to use at near maximum telephoto extensions when hand held. One point worth noting is that the view in the viewfinder jumps slightly to one side when the camera button is half pressed (VC & Autofocus engaged) - I've read somewhere that this is normal for this lens and does not affect the image recorded which naturally is what you see just before the shutter button is fully depressed.

    Yes, the lens barrel will readily extend (creep) as soon as it's pointing down, but the 18mm position lock switch is readily accessible and easy to apply when the camera is not in use.

    Given it's huge zoom range, compact size and it's fast accurate auto-focusing coupled with an excellent lens stabilizing facility then I'd certainly rate this lens as a MUST HAVE for everyday general use as it saves the hassle of trying to carry an array of other lenses - a definite 5 star!
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