Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Review

Quick Take
  • Very well built
  • Comfortable controls
  • Capable VC system
  • Very quiet and fast AF and VC
  • Incredibly compact
  • Amazing 15x optical zoom range
  • Images are soft throughout the zoom range at all aperture settings
  • Small amount of visible CA
  • Zoom ring is stiff but smooth
Bottom Line
Tamron's 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (B008) All-In-One Zoom lens is unmatched with its compact size and versatility, allowing someone to carry just one lens instead of a bag full. The only thing holding it back is the softness of the images that it produces. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Tamron's newest and most powerful "All-in-One" lenses, the 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD is the worlds lightest and most compact 15x optical zoom lens for dSLR cameras. Significantly smaller and lighter than their previous 18-270mm lens, it was designed specifically for use with ASP-C sized sensors and if used on a full-sized sensor, vignetting will be noticeable. Tamron has chosen this lens as one of its first to include the new Piezo Drive motor. This allows for faster and quieter autofocus, which is great for candid and nature photography.

This is a well built, light and very compact lens, making it easy to pack into a bag and a pleasure to use while out walking around. It has a 35mm equivalent of 28 - 419mm. Also included on the lens is Tamron's VC (Vibration Compensation) to fight camera shake. It is available for both Canon and Nikon mounts but not Sony at this time. Along with this lens you will also get a flower-shaped lens hood and 6-Year Limited warranty.

Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Specifications:

Model B008
Length 88mm (i) (ii) (3.5 in)
Focal Length 18-270mm
Entire Length 96.4mm (i) (ii) (3.8 in)
Maximum Aperture F/3.5-6.3
Diameter Φ74.4mm (2.9 in)
Angle of View (diagonal) 75° 33' - 5° 55'
Weight 450g(i) (15.9 oz)
Lens Construction 16 elements in 13 groups
Diaphragm Blade Number 7
Minimum Focus Distance 0.49m (19.3in)
Minimum Aperture F/22-40
Max. Magnification Ratio 1 : 3.8 (at f=270mm : MFD 0.49m)
Standard Accessorise Flower shaped lens hood
Filter Size Φ62mm
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon, Sony(iii)

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