Tamron 18-270 PZD - opinions?

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Grig
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Tamron 18-270 PZD - opinions?

Hi there,

I am waiting for my PZD (should be delivered today from Amazon), but while waiting - was searching for real reviews online basically with no success...

At Amazon there is only one review:

"I had the first version of this lens which I like very much -- and much to surprise, this much smaller, much lighter, but higher quality lens from Tamron is even better!....The photos are sharp across the entire focal range (better than the Nikon 18-200) with a much better focal range.

It is significantly smaller than the original, and the new motor is fast. Most surprising, it even focuses faster in lower light situations. The new internal motor clearly works well.

This can pretty much stay on your camera all the time. It's great for walk-around; it's light an non-intrusive; and the shots are sharp and clear. I love this lens. "

Is anyone already got it and have an opinion? I wouldn't compare it to primes or PRO 2.8 zooms, but how is it all in all? I know, I am hopefully going to get my opinion on it by the end of the day, but very interested to hear other people opinions...

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Re: Tamron 18-270 PZD - opinions?

Don't have it, won't get it, haven't seen reviews. BUT, IMO that is waaaay too much length between min and max. The best lenses rarely exceed 100mm.
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Ben Herrmann
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That's not what the OP asked....

If he wanted to know "who wasn't going to buy it 'cause they didn't care for it (speculative)," then he would have stated so. He's looking for folks who may have this lens already - looking for their comments.
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Grig
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Re: Tamron 18-270 PZD - opinions?

knightmelodic wrote:

Don't have it, won't get it, haven't seen reviews. BUT, IMO that is waaaay too much length between min and max.

That is exactly why I want to get it for my travel D7000...

The best lenses rarely exceed 100mm.

Well I do have the best... D3s, 1.4G primes and mighty Nikon's trio, but I wouldn't carry this stuff while hiking, vacationing or just for the family snapshots...

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Ranjan Senior Member • Posts: 1,249
Re: Tamron 18-270 PZD - opinions?

I have the new lens with me for next 2 days & I have been shooting with older & newer version all kind of subjects, macro, wide & tele.

What would you want me to shoot specifically, I will post results from my last 10days of shooting with these lenses.

The newer version is smaller in size thus less prone to shake & I have managed 1/4 hand held @400 iso.

In my experience this is truly a walk around lens & that's exactly I have been doing past few days. I have abused the lenses in higher contrast scenes & against light sometimes including the light source in the scene & it rarely shows any flare.

Color fidelity is excellent but the lens does suffer from CA which I know can be corrected in the software.
I have been shooting all raw on my canon 40D

If I can get a 7D I would want to test this lens with video, it will make a good lens combination for shooting DSLR video.
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Grig
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I've got the lens... Returning back to Amazon for replacement - total VC failure!!!

VC makes images blurry and at 18mm if VC is engaged - there is no way to produce sharp image at any aperture... What a shame - QC should be really bad to get this slip away...

Without VC its pretty good and AF seems to be fast enough for the travel lens. Colors and contrast are great! Sharpness on par with 18-105...

I will give it another shot...

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Ranjan Senior Member • Posts: 1,249
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VC does not eliminate the blur instead its meant for reducing it & it does it considerably well so you can shoot with those hand held speeds up to 1/8th of sec.

Can you post some images where VC failed you?
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carloshdez Junior Member • Posts: 48
Re: Tamron 18-270 PZD - opinions?

Hi Ranjan,

Would you say overall IQ is better in the new lens? In terms of sharpness & contrast. I would like to see some border crops at 50mm - 100mm, if possible, to see if the new lenses have the lack of quality at these focal ranges ( http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=492&Camera=474&Sample=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0&LensComp=0&CameraComp=0&SampleComp=0&FLI=3&API=0 )

Thank you so much

Grig
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Re: Tamron 18-270 PZD - opinions?

Ranjan wrote:

VC does not eliminate the blur instead its meant for reducing it & it does it considerably well so you can shoot with those hand held speeds up to 1/8th of sec.

I know Ranjan... I have many VR lenses and know exactly how it works... I also know that you have to give VR(VC) some time to engage before click, but this was a total failure. First - you can't get sharp image at 18mm at any shutter speed or aperture. And second - without VC its nice and sharp, even at 1/8 (I am shooting for more that 30 years and have some tricks to stabilize the camera ;-), but when you turn VC on - even at 1/30 it's like double vision... It's defenetely VC problem. I am getting my second one today - Amazon is doing a great job sending replacement overnight for Saturday delivery, so I will let you know.

BTW: With my 70-200VRII I can shoot at 1/15 at 200mm with no problem (static subjects) and with 16-35VR 1/4 or even 1/2... So I hope this VC is somewhere around these figures...

I really liked the lens though - it's so small and light!!! Perfect travel set... I think it's going to be a killer mini travel DSLR combo with D3100, but I prefer D7000...

Can you post some images where VC failed you?

I have a bad habit to delete all junk on the fly... So I killed all those shots right on the camera... They were, as I mentioned before, like a double vision multi exposure shot, not just a smooth blur. I never seen anything like this before, but I am sure it's not right...

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Grig
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Re: Tamron 18-270 PZD - opinions?

Ranjan wrote:

Can you post some images where VC failed you?

Just got it! This one is much better - sharp at 18mm, but I am still struggling with VC... What am I doing wrong? It may be it's my D7000 doesn't like this new PZD VC?

They both shot handheld without any holding technic and both a little blurry, but look at the one with VC!!!

VC off

VC on

Any idea???

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Grig
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Another one - double vision?

Heavy crop
1/160s f/8.0 at 18.0mm iso100

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Grig
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Re: Tamron 18-270 PZD sample photos.

I am pleased with this lens except for the VC part on my d7000... I will try it later on D3 and D3s (I know, I know... but just for the test) and see...

The range is amazing! IQ is great for walk around lens, very small size and light weight... I think it's a winner if I will be to figure out how to use this VC... I have VR lenses for years and never had this issues... It's my second lens - first had problems with focusing at 18mm and this VC double vision, this one is OK with focusing as long as VC is off... Here some samples...

18mm

270mm

18mm

270mm

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hotiwal Regular Member • Posts: 220
Re: Tamron 18-270 PZD sample photos.

Grig, these are great pictures at both ends (18mm and 270mm) of the lens. It is indeed impressive at 270mm. After seeing your results, I am going to order one to go with my D90 as a single lens for vacations. Thanks for taking the time to post your pictures and comments.

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Re: Tamron 18-270 PZD sample photos.

I'm not usually a fan of slow glass, but you got some truly pleasing shots from this lens!

Hope you continue to have fun with it!

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Re: Tamron 18-270 PZD sample photos.

Colin Stuart wrote:

I'm not usually a fan of slow glass, but you got some truly pleasing shots from this lens!

I am not fun of slow glass as well, but when years pass by, and back starts hurting... - I was thinking about this perfect travel combo for years... For paid jobs - yea, I have my 1.4s and 2.8s...

It is really a fun lens to use... I had one of the first of 18-200 and tried the new on a month ago... Didn't really like it... Somehow I like this Tammy better! It happens to me second time... I've got 105VR as soon as it got available... Years later - changed it to Tamron 90mm Macro... It's much lighter than 105VR and in my case - sharper!!!

Well, back to 18-270 PZD - love it and keeping it for sure... The only bug is - VC is killing me!!! Looks like lens thinking about my handholding method as it is a tripod and constantly blurring the image... I guess I have to start shaking my hands... LOL...

Here are couple of samples again with VR on and off:

ON

OFF

And just another portrait at 270mm F8...

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agc1976 Senior Member • Posts: 1,713
Re: Tamron 18-270 PZD - opinions?

From the specs it doesn't look much smaller than Nikon's 18-200. Can someone post a photo of the lens mounted on a camera?

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agc1976 wrote:

From the specs it doesn't look much smaller than Nikon's 18-200. Can someone post a photo of the lens mounted on a camera?

Just consider the filter thread size - 72mm vs 62mm - big difference... I will try to take a snapshot and post it in a couple of minutes...

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Here we go - photo...

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Tamron 18-270 PZD vs Nikon 18-105 VR size.

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carloshdez Junior Member • Posts: 48
Re: Tamron 18-270 PZD vs Nikon 18-105 VR size.

Hi Grig,

Is it full time manual? Does the front element rotate while focusing?

Thanks!

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