Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC PZD Piezo Drive Ultrasonic Motor Aspherical (IF) AF Zoom, for Nikon AF Digital SLRs with APS-C Sensors, USA

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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.

Notice of Classification Code Change for Nikon Mounts
Since the introduction by Tamron of the first Nikon mount lens featuring a Built-in AF motor (AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC Model A20) all Tamron Nikon mount lenses with the Built-in AF motor had a model number designation of "NII." Lenses using a coupler system without a Built-in AF motor are currently designated as "N." As future Tamron lens introductions for Nikon mount will have the Built-in AF motor as a stand ard feature, Tamron has decided to simplify the designation and consolidate all Nikon mount lenses as "N," eliminating the "NII" designation for future models. This model designation change will be effective with the 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008) introduction

The Tamron 18-270mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Sports/action, Video, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Tamron 18-270mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Tamron 18-270mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Tamron 18-270mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged 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

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4.3

(based on 141 reviews)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Decent Alternative To Nikkor 18-200mm

I bought this lens to have so I could carry just one lens when out and about on vacation and things of that nature. It is fairly compact for what it offers, focuses pretty well in good light, and is of good construction. I grappled with going with this lens or the Nikkor 18-200mm VR, and decided that the lesser cost + extended focal range won out over a possible slightly better image quality from the Nikkor. There are only two gripes I have with this lens. First, the zooming in and out rotati...

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I bought this lens to have so I could carry just one lens when out and about on vacation and things of that nature. It is fairly compact for what it offers, focuses pretty well in good light, and is of good construction. I grappled with going with this lens or the Nikkor 18-200mm VR, and decided that the lesser cost + extended focal range won out over a possible slightly better image quality from the Nikkor. There are only two gripes I have with this lens. First, the zooming in and out rotation seems to get stiffer in the mid focal range, although it seems to be getting "worn in" the more I use it. Secondly, I have this on a D90, and when using the VC on many shots in a row, it can tax the battery to much to the point where the camera reports the battery is drained and shuts down. Turning the camera off and back on is enough to get going again, but this is annoying when trying to shoot quickly, and the fact I never had this problem with a VR lens. I guess it is possible I have a bad lens, or a dying battery, but I don't really have a good way of finding out for sure. Overall I am happy with the lens, and would recommend it to all but the most decerning photographer.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Noisy VR - unacceptable for video

The advantage of an all in one super zoom like this is being able to use it for wide variety of situations on your DSLR. I have tried 3 different superzooms on my Nikon D5100 (the predecessor of this model the Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC LD, the Sigma 18-250mm Macro OS HSM and this one). Unfortunately the VR on this model makes a noise that is very audible and distracting. It is a constant whirring sound and you could probably learn to ignore it if you aren't planning to use it to shoot any vide...

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The advantage of an all in one super zoom like this is being able to use it for wide variety of situations on your DSLR. I have tried 3 different superzooms on my Nikon D5100 (the predecessor of this model the Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC LD, the Sigma 18-250mm Macro OS HSM and this one). Unfortunately the VR on this model makes a noise that is very audible and distracting. It is a constant whirring sound and you could probably learn to ignore it if you aren't planning to use it to shoot any videos(without an external microphone). But if you are planning on shooting any videos without having to lug around a directional microphone this lens is not for you. This is all the more annoying because this noise is not present in the older model! It is a pity because the autofocus on this model is much better than its predecessor and seems to be on par with the Sigma. Also the zoom action is fairly smooth compared to the older Tamron and the VC is better than the Sigma. But all of these are unfortunately lost in the noise. Seems like I will have to try the Nikon 18-300mm which is unfortunately almost twice the weight and price.

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?
PHILIP W  I chose this lens because I was constantly switching between the Nikkor 18-55 and the 55-200 that came with my camera. I like the fact that it replaces both of the above lenses and gives me more telephoto zoom. I only need one lens now. I love it.
Rose B  Does this lens work with a nikon d610?
LESLIE B  I'm sorry I don't know about the Nikon 610. This lens worked on my D80 and now works just as wonderfully with my D7100.
Christian R  Is this lense working with Nikon D7100?
WILLIAM G  Yes this lens works very well on the Nikon D-7100
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