Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC PZD Piezo Drive Ultrasonic Motor Aspherical (IF) AF Zoom, for Canon EOS Digital SLRs

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About Tamron 18-270mm

Tamron 60TH ANNIVERSARY MODEL 18-270MM Di II VC PZD THE WORLD'S LIGHTEST, SMALLEST 15X ZOOM, WITH TAMRON'S FIRST PZD (PIEZO DRIVE) AF SYSTEM

A light, compact, ultra-high-power 15x zoom lens with PZD (Piezo Drive) the first Piezoelectric internal autofocus motor by Tamron exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C sized sensors.

The acclaimed Tamron 18-270mm VC ultra zoom for APS-C format DSLRs has reached an astonishing new level of compactness, performance,and speed with the addition of PZD (Piezo Drive), an innovative ultrasonic autofocus motor based on an advanced piezoelectric design. The result is a lens that's considerably lighter, and noticeably shorter and slimmer (filter diameter: 62mm) than any previous lens in its class, and provides faster, quieter auto-focusing.

Signature features that have made this amazingly 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.

Compact and Easy to Carry 15X All-in-One Zoom with Outstanding Feature Set
The 18-270mm Di II VC PZD boasts the world's highest zoom range at 15x magnification for a lens with its compact size and light weight, with the added value of Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization. At 15.9 ounces, measuring 3.8 inches in length (from mount face to the tip of the lens), and 2.9 inches in diameter with a filter diameter of Ø62mm, it's a compact and easy-to-carry lens. A minimum focusing distance of 19.3 inches throughout the zoom range and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.8.

Tamron's new PZD (Piezo Drive) autofocus technology delivers silent, high-speed autofocus in a compact lens
Ultrasonic motors are divided into two categories depending on the principle that generates the energy to move the drive: traveling wave motors and standing wave motors. Traveling wave motors include the ring-type ultrasonic motor used in the recently launched SP 70-300mm VC USD as well as other lenses, but this lens employs a newer technology, the PZD (Piezo Drive), which functions on the standing wave principle.

A standing wave ultrasonic motor utilizes 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 swiveling 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 traveling wave counterparts, and therefore allow a more compact SLR lens size.

VC (Vibration Compensation)
Tamron's VC mechanism employs a three-coil system, whereby three driving coils activate the shake-compensating VC lens group electromagnetically via three steel balls. The VC lens elements are held in place only by contact with the steel balls, achieving smooth movement with little friction. This provides a stable viewfinder image with excellent tracking performance that eliminates the blur from handheld shots for cleaner, crisper shots.

New VC Mechanism (Moving Coil Method)
Tamron's original VC image stabilization mechanism utilized a moving magnet system whereby a heavy magnet was positioned near the moving VC lens element. In the new VC unit, the positions of the magnet and the coil are reversed, and because of this, the VC optical lens element is attached to the coil. The new VC mechanism employs a moving coil mechanism with a lightweight coil, and the lighter coil reduces the load on the drive system. Thus, the lighter, more compact new VC unit contributes to the lens's overall light weight and compact size.



The Tamron 18-270mm is commonly used for Close up filming, Landscape/scenery, Macro photography, Panoramic filming, Shooting indoors, Shooting outdoors, Sports/action, Upgrade, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Tamron 18-270mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Parent, Photo enthusiast, Technically challenged, Tech savvy among others.The Tamron 18-270mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Tamron 18-270mm: Compact, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Improves picture quality, Lightweight and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (61),Compact (53),Fast / accurate auto-focus (46),Lightweight (46),Consistent output (35),Improves picture quality (31),Easily interchangeable (30),Durable (23),Strong construction (20),Nice bokeh (12),Rugged (12),Quiet (3) Zoom range/performance (3) View All
Cons:
Lens creep (17),Poor in low light (11),Heavy (9),Slow focus (6),No increase in performance (5)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (62),Shooting outdoors (50),Wildlife photos (38),Shooting indoors (27),Sports/action (26),Macro photography (17),Low light (16),Weddings (16),Close up filming (15),Upgrade (11),Panoramic filming (10),Night photography (7) Video (6) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (48),Tech savvy (26),Casual photographer (15),Parent (13),Semi-pro photographer (8),Technically challenged (4),Photography student (3)

Tamron 18-270mm Specifications

Construction
16 elements, 13 groups
Angle of view
75° 33' - 5° 55'
Aperture Range
F/3.5-6.3 to F/22-40
Closest Focusing Distance
19.3 in (0.49m)
Maximum Magnification
1: 3.8 (at f=270mm: MFD 0.49m)
Filter Size
62mm
Length
3.5"
Weight
450g (15.9 oz)

Tamron 18-270mm Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.3

(based on 141 reviews)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

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    (3)

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    (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Walk-around lens

I got this lens to be an "always on the camera" lens when I am out doing casual photos or hiking or riding around. I like the zoom range in that I don't miss shots for having to change lenses. I have used it on one hike to take macros of flowers, portraits of a friend and a nice waterfall shot (even if the light was from the wrong direction). The focus is sometimes slow, but usually spot on when it gets there, but that is usually in lower light conditions. Overall, works great for what I got ...

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I got this lens to be an "always on the camera" lens when I am out doing casual photos or hiking or riding around. I like the zoom range in that I don't miss shots for having to change lenses. I have used it on one hike to take macros of flowers, portraits of a friend and a nice waterfall shot (even if the light was from the wrong direction). The focus is sometimes slow, but usually spot on when it gets there, but that is usually in lower light conditions. Overall, works great for what I got it for and exceeds my expectations.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nicely Built Lens

I use this lens as the lense usually attached to my camera. It has a very large zoom range which makes it nice for a variety of situations. The focus motor is quiet and for the focal range, its nicely compact and easy to store. Generally, it takes very nice photos, not the sharpest at the long zoom range but then again, you may not buy this sort of lens expecting the tack-sharpest results in the first place. It's affordable, well-built and very reliable when you're just out taking photos with...

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I use this lens as the lense usually attached to my camera. It has a very large zoom range which makes it nice for a variety of situations. The focus motor is quiet and for the focal range, its nicely compact and easy to store. Generally, it takes very nice photos, not the sharpest at the long zoom range but then again, you may not buy this sort of lens expecting the tack-sharpest results in the first place. It's affordable, well-built and very reliable when you're just out taking photos with no particular plan. I had their 18-200m and this new one operates better and is much quieter. I would buy it again.

Reviewed by 141 customers

 
4.0

very good

By

from Oceanside  -  Photo Enthusiast

Light and versatile.Easy to carry with you all day long without breaking your neck.No creep problem with the lens,with my Canon 18-200mm IS I had to turn on and off the lock switch every time I want to take pictures,very inconvenience and heavy too.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this lens

By

from Tampa, FL  -  Casual Photographer

I am an average Joe with a habit of taking lots of pictures when I go someplace. Not a professional by any stretch. I use a Nikon D3200 and I wanted a lens that would do it all and this one is that lens!! I recently went on a cruise and bought this lens specifically to take. My pictures came out WAAAYY better than the kit lenses. I definitely have no regrets spending the money for a good lens.

 
4.0

Great Lens!

By

from Maryland  -  Tech Savvy

I ordered this lens for my husband for our recent vacation because he didn't want to keep changing lenses. He used it at the Grand Canyon on a Canon 60D and got some good shots. I've used it to do some architectural shooting and it's pretty good at the 18mm end. It's a good lens to have on hand when you only want to take one lens.

 
4.0

You get what you pay for,recomend it

By

from Vallejo, CA

Just purchased (07/12/14) this lens for a cruise we are taking out of London. I bought this lens on the recommendation of another photographer, who also had a Canon camera and recommended it with limitations. I love the lens! It's light weight, does excellent photos with the sample shots I took and look forward to taking this one, light weight lens with me on our next cruise. Be aware that it does not work with the Canon Extender convertors. In other words you will not be able to get a 540 mm lens from this. I wasn't expecting this, but someone might. Also when you buy this lens it does come with a lens hood, so no need to purchase one separately.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

*Fantastic* lens at a good price

By

from Concord, MA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens is excellent for its range (approx equiv of 30mm to 400mm focal lengh of a 35mm SLR), precision of focus, and *excellent* image stabilization (which makes it possible to hand hold all the way to the highest telescopic power).

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Adorama could not get it right.

By

from Westerville, Ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

I ordered a Tamron lens for my Canon camera and got one that fit a Nikon. I returned it and specifically said I needed a Canon fit. Number 2 lens came and it was for a Nikon. I was a little upset when the 2nd lens came. I have sent it back and this time I have asked for my money to be returned. I can only hope!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great price

By

from Fall River MA  -  Pro Photographer

I use this for small product photography

 
4.0

Jury is still out.

By

from Boothwyn, PA  -  Parent

Just purchased the lens and have not had a lot of chances to use it but so far I like it and am looking forward to taking many good pictures with it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great all around lens

By

from Columbus, OH  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is an excellent all around lens. THe weight is lighter than the older Sigma 18-250mm I replaced. It also is smoother on the zoom. I'm using this on a Nikon D7000 and Nikon D90.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

I would not buy this lens again

By

from Florida

It is a very slow lens on my Cannon 7D, even at f3.5, which requires me to use an extremely high ISO.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
CATHERINE R  It was recommended to me by a professional photographer who is teaching my photography course
Shopper  Will this lens fit and work on the full framed new Canon5D Mark iii? I noticed that its a EF-F fit not EF. Please let me know.
Catherine F  I actually like my Tamron lens better then my L series lens!! I was at a job recently and someone offered to lend me there "L" series lens I laughed at them and said thanks but I have them over there in my case for back up if I want to use them. I like the unique look of the Tamron lens and not having to change lens in the middle of an event is priceless in the heat of the moment with photojournalism at a wedding.
Shelby W  I have the Canon Rebel XSi , is this lens compatible?
MIKE D  I do not know I have a t1i I would ask tamron directly.
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