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

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About Tamron 18-270mm


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.

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, Wildlife photos and more.The Tamron 18-270mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Tamron 18-270mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Tamron 18-270mm: Consistent output, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus and Lightweight

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (61),Compact (53),Fast / accurate auto-focus (45),Lightweight (45),Consistent output (34),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
Lens creep (17),Poor in low light (10),Heavy (9),Slow focus (6),No increase in performance (5)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (61),Shooting outdoors (50),Wildlife photos (37),Shooting indoors (27),Sports/action (26),Low light (16),Macro photography (16),Weddings (16),Close up filming (15),Upgrade (11),Panoramic filming (10),Night photography (7) Video (6) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (47),Tech savvy (26),Casual photographer (15),Parent (13),Semi-pro photographer (8),Technically challenged (4),Photography student (3)

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)

Tamron 18-270mm Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Excellent All Purpose Lens

I've been shooting 35mm Nikons using Fuji Realla then Superia and Velvia (or earleir versions), with pro processing for 25 years. Mostly snapshots, but a few pics I get enlarged and framed. Since I am never an early adopter on technology, I just purchased my first DSLR, a Sony A55 with the 18-55 kit lens 6 months ago. Soon after I purchased this Sigma lens. Simply, the pictures with this combination are spectacular. Color and focus are spot on. Have your pictures professionaly devloped and yo...

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I've been shooting 35mm Nikons using Fuji Realla then Superia and Velvia (or earleir versions), with pro processing for 25 years. Mostly snapshots, but a few pics I get enlarged and framed. Since I am never an early adopter on technology, I just purchased my first DSLR, a Sony A55 with the 18-55 kit lens 6 months ago. Soon after I purchased this Sigma lens. Simply, the pictures with this combination are spectacular. Color and focus are spot on. Have your pictures professionaly devloped and you will wow yourself and everyone else. Movies are also first rate. The lens focuses quietly and accurately. On movies you cannot hear any noise as the lens focuses, so no need for an outboard mic unless you just want it. I have compared pictures with a friend shooting a very expensive full frame and you would be hard pressed to tell the difference in results unless you make enlargements geater than 8x10. Note that I am not a professional, but I did start taking 35mm pictures 42 years ago using a light meter and a manual wind Brownie and I still have that camera. I know what a good picture looks like. Also, the technology built in to this camera is amazing, and this is the perfect lens to take advantage of it. I use a fast "RAW" SDHC card with a Class 10 rating. I will order the Tokina 11-16 f2.8 AT-X Pro lens next for indoor low light and outdoor scenic shots next. I know the results will be great with this lens too. So - buy this camera and lens set - get an extra battery - and never look back. It's all you need and more.


Most Liked Negative Review


lens hood defective

Lens works fine but the lens hood sent does not fit, just hangs loosely. Adorama customer service said item has to be back ordered from Tamron

Reviewed by 140 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Love this lens


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.


Great Lens!


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.


You get what you pay for,recomend it


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)


*Fantastic* lens at a good price


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)


Adorama could not get it right.


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)


Great price


from Fall River MA  -  Pro Photographer

I use this for small product photography


Jury is still out.


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)


Great all around lens


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)


I would not buy this lens again


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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Better than I expected


from Santa Cruz, CA

I ordered this as a starter lens for my 7D because I didn't have enough cash for the one I truly wanted. I bought it thinking i would eventually replace it with a canon 28-300mm lens as soon as I could save up the money for it. But after using this Tamron lens for a little while now, I can honestly say I'm extremely happy with my decision. I ended up renting the canon lens I originally wanted and I didn't find it much better than the tamron lens. the canon lens was 5 times more expensive and the differences in the image quality is very slight. the only thing that I could tell was better about the canon lens was the AF. Overall this lens is way better than I expected. The zoom range is incredible. Perfect lens for someone with shallow pockets looking for quality.


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Bill H  Will this lens work with an A-100? I like this body and bought it new about 8 years ago.
DAVE S  Sorry Bill, I'm not familiar with the Sony A-100's design or function but it works well on my Canon 7D. It is a good quality lens and produces sharp images. Although it's not an "L" series lens,it is a good value for the price.
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JAMES B  I wanted a good walk-around lens, and having to switch lenses a lot, or wishing I had the "other" lens mounted. The Tamron had good reviews, but it hasn't arrived yet.
Shopper  will this work with the Sony A57?
RANDY V  Yes, I am using this lens on an A57
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