Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD

Last updated (15 June’12):
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Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD features 18 – 270mm at focal lenght with f/3.5-6.3 maximum aperture. The lens construction has 18 elements in 13 groups with angel of view at 75°33′ (equivalent angles of view when converted to 35mm). 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 Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD, which measures 3.1 inches in diameter and 3.9 inches long, carries a six-year warranty.

Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Reviews

SLRGear reviews the Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD and writes;
“If you were bothered by the autofocus performance of the old 18-270mm, it’s worth the upgrade; if you’re looking for the absolute most telephoto reach in the smallest conventional package, it’s worth the sale. But I wouldn’t rule out other alternatives, especially if you want the best performance for sharpness or other quality indicators.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Ephotozine.com reviews the Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD and writes;
“this is a great value lens for photographers after a portable all-in-one solution for their photography – for travel photographers, for example. Optically, it is not up to the standard of zoom lenses covering more modest focal length ranges, but that’s no surprise. That said, used at its optimum apertures and with sound camera technique there is no reason why you can’t get high quality pictures from this optic.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Photoreview.com.au reviews the Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD and writes;
“Overall, Tamron’s AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II lens is more worthy of praise for what it can do than for its faults. As a lightweight, all-in-one solution for everyday picture-taking it’s a good performer on the whole and would make a fine travelling companion, especially for photographers who don’t make large prints. “
Rating: ★★★★½

Photozone.de reviews the Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD and writes;
“The AF performance is good on a capable body although even the EOS 50D had a few problems in Live-View mode (contrast AF). Tamron’s new VC (Vibration Compensation) is very promising and about as good as competing image stabilization systems. All-in-all the lens may be a tad better than Canon’s 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS but if you’re looking for high image quality rather than convenience you should look elsewhere. “
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Shutterbug.com reviews the Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD and writes;
“It would be a great companion whenever you don’t want to carry a full camera bag. The Vibration Control system adds definite value….If you would appreciate a true “all-in-one” lens, be sure to check out this Tamron 18-270mm VC zoom with maximum versatility, rugged construction, and premium-grade optical formula.”
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User Opinions

Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD User Reviews

Great kit lens replacement, | Rating: ★★★★★
“LOVE this lens! I wanted to replace the 18-55 with a walk-around lens with a wider range. This one is perfect! It took a bit to get used to the extra weight, but now I have no problems. I am getting much better quality photos than with the kit lens and I love that it came with a hood.” – by Roselark

Better Focus | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The lens has a quicker better focus than my other lenses thanks to the VC. It is a bigger, heavier lens and uses more battery power. But that was expected and not a big problem. I’m happy with my purchase “ – by Ruth G. Cary “chartart”

Very versatile, but not fantastic all around. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This lens is great for outdoors and brightly lit settings. The versatility in the length of the lens is outstanding and the vibration control is very helpful. But indoors it is challenging to get enough lighting – highly suggested that you get a good flash for your camera if you’re using this lens indoors. “ – by Jon

Tamron 18-270 Lens, | Rating: ★★★★★
“My son recently purchased this lens. I tried it out on my camera (Nikon D700) and liked it a lot. I had been using the Tamron 18-250 as my everyday lens for years, but after checking out this lens, decided to upgrade. The pictures are sharper with this lens and love the vibration compensation feature. In my experience of using Tamron and Nikon lens, Tamron holds it own and isn’t inferior to Nikon.” – by C. Santos “SF Photo Safari”

Excellent all-in-one lens!, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have to say, having used it for over a week and shot hundreds of pictures with it, I am really pleased with it. This lens does not come up short at all when compared to my previous Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 Image Stabilized USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLR’s or my Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras for that matter. Sure, it has issues with chromatic aberration, fringing or distortion on the wide end–so did my Canon 17-85, and this Tamron lens isn’t any worse! For that matter, the highly rated Canon 70-200L is not entirely free of fringing. The 70-200L lens does produce photos with rich and vibrant colors, which the other Canon lens(es) or the Tamron lens can’t quite match. But this Tamron lens can do so many other things that the 70-200L lens can’t do, so there! 🙂 “ – by Y. Leventhal

Good all around lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“For its price range and the range of its capabilities, you do get more than you pay for in this case. Yes, I’ve read reviews about barreling and lens creep, but overall this is a really convenient lens and the quality of pictures are great. If you are on a budget or if you just don’t want to deal with the hassle of changing lens constantly, this is a wonderful lens. I’ve used it for everything from landscape to sports photography and I’m quite pleased. “ – by Rose Broyles “arose4yu”

The best lens to carry around., | Rating: ★★★★★
“The great thing about this lens is it’s the only one I need to carry. I’m not going to tote a backup lens around with me. And I don’t need to now. I actually sold the lens that came with the camera. It’s a good thing that it has a lock to keep the lens secured at 18mm while carrying it around because without the lock the lens likes to zoom itself with the gravity. The image quality is great. I agree with what some others have said in their lengthy reviews. For me this is the perfect fit. I wanted to be able to take great pictures at close range and far away. It does both wonderfully. And for the price range I think it’s unbeatable. “ – by Ivan Junge

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Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD User Manual

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Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Features

1. World’s 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 Tamron’s 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.
2. Tamron’s original VC mechanism for effective shake-free hand-held photography
Tamron’s 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 small and light as possible.
3. Designing a high power, compact zoom lens with VC mechanism: Optical design optimization meets optimum power distribution
In developing the long-range zoom lens, Tamron’s optical designers pursued the optimum distribution of power within the overall optical system based on the optical design know-how Tamron accumulated over 16 years since the introduction of the first compact AF28-200mm in 1992. The resulting optical system uses two LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements and three aspherical elements in order to effectively compensate for various aberrations including astigmatism, yet this design allows the first optical group to be small enough in diameter to realize the overall goal of a compact lens that incorporates a handheld-shake compensation mechanism.
Note: In order to realize the high zoom ratio of 15X, the optical system does not use any XR (extra dispersion glass) element. Instead, compactness is achieved through optimization of the power distribution within the whole optical system.
4. Minimum focusing distance of 19.3″ over the entire zoom range for the max. mag. ratio of 1:3.5
The AF18-270mm Di II VC allows close focusing down to 0.49m (19.3 inches) from the subject over the entire zoom range even though it incorporates the VC mechanism. The maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.5 at its 270mm telephoto end is the top class capability among high power zoom lenses exclusively designed for digital SLR cameras.
5. Optical system optimized for digital SLR cameras by taking incident rays of light reaching the image sensor into consideration
In order to effectively compensate for changes in aberrations due to zooming, the zoom lens employs an innovative optical system that is designed to converge the angles of rays of light entering from the center to the periphery of the lens. The light rays thus reach the image sensor within a defined circle that assures high imaging performance and reduces light falloff.
6. High resolution performance
As a lens exclusively designed for digital SLR cameras, this zoom lens delivers high resolution and contrast performance for outstanding image quality with sufficient flatness of the field under an extremely wide range of photographic conditions.
7. Thorough countermeasures, including advanced internal surface coatings, prevent ghosting and flare
Tamron employs multi-layer coatings in order to reduce reflections on lens surfaces as well as internal surface coatings (coatings on the cemented surfaces of lens elements) in order to minimize reflections from the sensor itself within the mirror box, a problem inherent to all digital SLR cameras.
8. The world’s first and greatest zoom power of 15X plus built-in VC mechanism achieved along with a remarkably slim maximum diameter of less than 80mm
Designing a lens with the world’s first and greatest zoom ratio of 15X inevitably entailed a larger travel distance of the components within the optical systems, but Tamron has successfully accommodated the optical system as well as the special VC mechanism in a remarkably compact and slim package by employing mechanical design technology accumulated over many years. The result: A slim design measuring less than 80mm in diameter despite the fact that it is an ultra high power zoom lens that incorporates a VC mechanism. Production engineering this unique zoom lens meant incorporating complex optical/mechanical components, and Tamron’s engineers had to employ innovative manufacturing techniques including methods of further enhancing accuracy, reducing weight, and increasing the strength of many components.
Note: In order to achieve the world’s first and greatest zoom ratio of 15X, metal mounts are used in both Canon- and Nikon-mount lenses.
9. Zoom lock mechanism for convenience in carrying the outfit
The lens has a built-in zoom lock mechanism to prevent its barrel from sliding forward when the lens is being carried on the camera.
10. Flower-shaped lens hood as a standard accessory
The lens is supplied with a flower-shaped lens hood as a standard accessory. It is designed to efficiently cut harmful light entering at angles other than intended angles at all four corners of the frame. This ensures clear, flare-free images.
11. New outer design matches the newest generation high power zoom lens in the digital era
* The lens employs a new outer design that is more refined and smoother in its overall contours by minimizing concavity, convexity, and variations in profile in order to match the latest digital SLR cameras.
* A gold-colored metal ring is placed at a key portion of the lens as used in other Di II lenses. The “TAMRON” logo placed in the center portion of the lens enhances visibility of the brand while refining the overall design.
* Delicate matte finish is added to the black painting over the lens barrel in order to enhance the high quality appearance of the lens.
* The textured rubber pattern of the zoom and focus control rings has been improved again to a more pronounced, easy to grasp design than the conventional rubber pattern, for better feel and touch in manipulating the lens.

Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Specifications

Focal Length: 18-270mm
Maximum Aperture: f/3.5-6.3
Angle of View: 75°33′ (equivalent angles of view when converted to 35mm)
Lens Construction: 18 elements in 13 groups
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.49m/19.3-inches (over the entire zoom range)
Filter Diameter: 72mm
Overall Length: 101.0mm/3.8-inches*
Maximum Diameter: 79.6mm
Diaphragm Blade: 7 blades
Minimum Aperture: f/22
Standard Accessory: Flower-shaped lens hood
Mount: Canon and Nikon

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