Tamron 18-270mm: Picture 1 thumbnail Tamron 18-270mm: Picture 2 thumbnail
Tamron 18-270mm: Picture 1 regular $449.00

About Tamron 18-270mm

This Tamron 18-270mm Bundle comes with $9.95 worth of free accessories including a New Leaf PLUS 1yr Lens Warranty and Shipping is free!


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

Tamron 18-270mm Specifications

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
450g (15.9 oz)
Mfr #

Tamron 18-270mm Reviews Powered by TurnTo®

Review Snapshot®


(based on 142 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars



  • 4 Stars



  • 3 Stars



  • 2 Stars



  • 1 Stars



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

View full Review

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.


Most Liked Negative Review


It's no Nikon

The biggest reason I bought this lens is because I didn't like the creep of my Nikon 18-200. The Nikon didn't have a lens lock and this one did. Plus I liked the greater range. I am regretting this purchase and would do anything to get my Nikon back.

Reviewed by 142 customers


Great Lens for Good Value


The 18mm - 270mm range and great optics makes this a great lens to have for all around photos. It's lightweight compared to other lenses I have had. I'm able to photograph flowers to landscapes with this lens.


This is my 2nd lens because the 1st was so good!


I bought the my original Tamron 18mm - 270mm lens a few years ago and have taken over 8,000 photos with it so far. My only complaint with the first lens was it was heavy and a little long to carry on the camera all the time. I bought the new lens because it's lighter and more compact than the firs, plus I now have a Canon 7D camera which is also heavy. My wife and I travel the world and I have used the original Tamron 18mm - 270mm lens almost exclusively - it really has a great range. I plan to use the new lens the same as the old one, but now I've got 2 cameras with the same lens so my wife can use one while I use the other. Her other camera was a small point and shoot, so this should be a marked improvement for her. In total, I have 4 Tamron lenses, and I have had excellent luck with all of them. My latest one was just used at a car show this weekend, and the results were great as usual.


very good


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)


Love this lens


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.


Great Lens!


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.


You get what you pay for,recomend it


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)


*Fantastic* lens at a good price


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).

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Adorama could not get it right.


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!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great price


I use this for small product photography


Jury is still out.


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.


Questions & Answers Powered by TurnTo®

Questions about this item:

Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JOE R  Like Tamron lenses and needed a longer lens at a good price
Shopper  Can I use this lens with the new Nikon D800? I'd like to know if all its features are supported. I'm planning to buy the camera online but I have this doubt. Thanks ans regards.
JOEL C  I use my Tamron 18-270 on the Nikon D7000. I am extremely pleased. The size and weight are a perfect balance for that camera. The range and versatility cannot be beat. Best of all I get good pictures. Everything functions on my Nikon and will on the D800 too.
Shopper  Just want to double-check, will this lens work on a Nikon D5000?
ROBERT A  i use a d300,but nikon has never changed lens mounting on its latest models ,so it should fit and work on all models,including the d5000. i still enjoy the lens ,for size ,weight,and coverage in one lens.
See more questions and answers

Related Articles & Videos

Commemorating Dad’s Happy Father’s Day

What’s the best way to celebrate Dad on his special day? Shoot pictures and videos that create timeless memories!People typically honor their Dad on Father’s Day, expressing their undying affection by showering him with gifts large and..

...Read More

Product Review: Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZ

Tamron lowers size and weight and ups the ante on what may be the ideal travel photography lens.The result is the new Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD. This lens is 3-1/2 ounces lighter  ...

Read More

Share this item:
Adorama.com is top rated for customer serviceHACKER SAFE certified sites prevent over 99.9% of hacker crime.