Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD

Announced Dec 9, 2010 •
Lens | Canon EF, Nikon F (DX) | B008
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Announced Dec 9, 2010

The 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD is Tamron’s superzoom for APS-C SLRs. It offers one of the longest focal length ranges on the market, and includes both built-in optical image stabilisation a ‘piezodrive’ autofocus motor that’s quiet and reasonably fast. Image quality is best at the wider end. It’s available for Canon and Nikon mounts; a version without image stabilisation is available for Sony cameras.

Quick specs
Lens type Zoom lens
Focal length 18–270 mm
Image stab. Yes
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (DX)
Max aperture F3.5 - F6.3
Min aperture F22.0 - F40.0
Min focus 0.49 m (19.29)
Max magnification 0.26×
Weight 450 g (0.99 lb)
Length 88 mm (3.46)

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Our review

The Tamron 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD is a perfectly competent superzoom that squeezes a huge focal length range into a compact package. Autofocus is slower than its competitors, however, and image quality is weak at the the telephoto end.

Good for: Anyone looking for a compact, lightweight, all-in-one general purpose and travel lens.

Not so good for: Sports or action work that requires fast autofocus.

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