Tamron 18-270mm Lens for Nikon

September 1, 2008 | Mark Goldstein | Lenses | 50 Comments | |

Tamron 18-270mm LensThe Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC is a new 15x zoom lens for Nikon DSLR cameras with built-in motors. Providing a focal length equivalent to 28-419mm, the Tamron 18-270mm lens is also equipped with a highly effective Vibration Compensation (VC) mechanism. Note that this lens is designed for exclusive use on digital SLR cameras equipped with smaller sized (APS-C sized) image sensors. The new Tamron 18-270mm lens for Nikon digital SLRs with built-in motors will be available in Japan from September 20th 2008.

Tamron Press Release


A Technological Breakthrough-World’s Longest Range 15X Zoom Lens Has Exclusive Built-In Vibration Compensation Mechanism Optimized For Consumer Digital SLR Cameras

September 1, 2008, Saitama City, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd., under the leadership of Mr. Morio Ono, President, has unveiled a unique ultra high power zoom lens-the Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO (Model B003), the first digital SLR lens in the world that delivers a remarkable zoom ratio of 15X (28-419mm equivalent) and is equipped with a highly effective Vibration Compensation (VC) mechanism. Designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C sized image sensors, the new lens delivers outstanding image quality over its entire zoom range and its exclusive VC anti-shake system facilitates sharp handheld photography even at the longest telephoto settings.

Product Name Date of Launch (in Japan)
AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B003)
For Canon and Nikon with Built-In Motor September 20, 2008

With its vast zoom-range, the Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens enables the user to cover virtually any photographic subject from wide angle to ultra telephoto simply by turning the zoom control. It covers angles of view equivalent to 28mm to 419mm when converted to the 35mm format. In addition, this breakthrough lens is equipped with Tamron’s exclusive, proprietary tri-axial Vibration Compensation (VC) mechanism that eliminates or substantially reduces the effects of handheld camera shake. As a result, the user can enjoy the convenience of handheld photography in virtually any situation, from shooting candid images, to covering sporting events, to news photography, without worrying about camera shake having an adverse effect on image quality. The new lens will be made available in Canon and Nikon mounts. The price and launch date of the new lens will be announced at a later date.

* 1   “The world’s longest zoom range” and “world’s first” are statements that apply to interchangeable lens exclusively designed for digital SLR cameras equipped with APS-C sized image sensors, as of June 2008, according to Tamron’s survey.

* 2   Tamron’s conversion value is 1.55X
Note:  Di (Digitally integrated) II lenses employ optical systems designed for exclusive use on digital SLR cameras equipped with smaller sized (APS-C sized) image sensors. Di II lenses are not designed for use with 35mm film cameras or digital SLR cameras with image sensors larger than 24mm x 16mm. (This special note “APS-C sized image sensors” is hereinafter omitted.)

Since launching the Tamron AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 (Model 71D) in 1992 that was highly acclaimed as the first high power zoom lens suitable for practical use, Tamron has continued to develop innovative zoom lenses as the “pioneer in high power zoom lenses”. With the AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XI Di II (Model A14), Tamron realized an 11.1X zoom power for the first time in a zoom lens exclusively designed for digital SLR cameras and expanded the telephoto range further to 13.9X with the AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II (Model A18), making steady progress in extending the range of high performance, high power zoom lenses.

Tamron’s engineers faced the even more formidable challenge of finding solutions for the problem of “handheld camera shake” while expanding the telephoto range even further and have eventually developed the AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC. This lens has attained the maximum zoom power of 15X for the first time in the world, namely as a zoom lens exclusively designed for digital SLR cameras. It enables the user to cover an extremely wide angle-of-view range equivalent to a 28mm-419mm lens in the 35mm format. In addition, the lens is equipped with Tamron’s original and exclusive VC mechanism that effectively compensates for “handheld shake”, which would otherwise become visible as un-sharpness or blur in images shot handheld. Moreover this system is effective over the extremely wide focal length range of this extended ultra telephoto lens and Tamron’s VC mechanism provides maximum compensation performance at all focal lengths. The VC system enables the user to enjoy the full benefits of ultra-tele photography comfortably and provides amazingly stabilized viewfinder images as well. In short, this unique VC image stabilization system delivers the maximum potential built into the world’s longest-ratio zoom lens-15X.

Tamron was able achieve all these remarkable accomplishments thanks to its advanced optical / mechanical design technologies and production know-how accumulated over 16 years as the pioneer in high power zoom lens design, and its commitment to ongoing research and development. Even more important, in combining an amazingly high zoom ratio along with the VC function Tamron has maintained a high priority on its traditional goals of lightness and compactness. As a result the new Tamron AF18-270mm Di II VC delivers all the functionality and performance you expect from the latest Tamron ultra high power zoom, a lens that exemplifies our time-honored concept of “One great lens covering everything from wide angle to telephoto”.


  1. World’s first and greatest zoom ratio of 15X, covering 28-419mm 35mm-equivalent angle of view
    Going back to the basic concept of “one lens covering everything from wide angle to telephoto,” engineers at Tamron took up the difficult task of expanding the zoom range of Tamron’s high power zoom lenses even further. Their unstinting efforts to extend the telephoto end beyond previous limits while retaining the wide-angle end at 18mm has borne fruit as an ultra high power zoom lens that is exclusively designed for DSLR cameras and boasts the greatest zoom range of 15X for the first time in the world.

  2. Tamron’s original VC mechanism for effective shake-free hand-held photography
    Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism was built in the AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC (Model A20) for the first time. It demonstrated its powerful compensation effect employing a tri-axial system that is designed to let three coils drive a compensator lens electromagnetically via three steel balls. Since the compensator lens is supported on rolling steel balls with very low friction, follow-up performance is also enhanced, resulting in stabilized viewfinder images. Since the mechanism is designed to allow parallel shifting of the compensator lens solely by means of electrical control, the mechanical construction is simpler and more compact, so the lens can be kept as a small and light as possible.

  3. Designing a high power, compact zoom lens with VC mechanism: Optical design optimization meets optimum power distribution
    In developing the long-range zoom lens, Tamron’s optical designers pursued the optimum distribution of power within the overall optical system based on the optical design know-how Tamron accumulated over 16 years since the introduction of the first compact AF28-200mm in 1992. The resulting optical system uses three hybrid aspherical elements, two LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements and an AD (Abnormal Dispersion) glass element in order to effectively compensate for various aberrations including astigmatism and chromatic aberration, yet this design allows the first optical group to be small enough in diameter to realize the overall goal of a compact lens that incorporates a handheld-shake compensation mechanism.
    ? Note: In order to realize the high zoom ratio of 15X, the optical system does not use any XR (extra dispersion glass) element. Instead, compactness is achieved through optimization of the power distribution within the whole optical system.

  4. Minimum focusing distance of 0.49m over the entire zoom range for the maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.5
    The AF18-270mm Di II VC allows close focusing down to 0.49m (20 inches) from the subject over the entire zoom range even though it incorporates the VC mechanism. The maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.5 at its 270mm telephoto end is the top class capability among high power zoom lenses exclusively designed for digital SLR cameras.

    * 3 A format covered by an APS-C sized image sensor is smaller than that of 35mm format film. Therefore, this lens is capable of filling the frame by capturing an area that is almost the same as an area covered by a lens designed for the 35mm format and providing the maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.3.

  5. Optical system optimized for digital SLR cameras by taking incident rays of light reaching the image sensor into consideration
    In order to effectively compensate for changes in aberrations due to zooming, the zoom lens employs an innovative optical system that is designed to converge the angles of rays of light entering from the center to the periphery of the lens. The light rays thus reach the image sensor within a defined circle that assures high imaging performance and reduces light falloff.

  6. High resolution performance
    As a lens exclusively designed for digital SLR cameras, this zoom lens delivers high resolution and contrast performance for outstanding image quality with sufficient flatness of the field under an extremely wide range of photographic conditions.

  7. Thorough countermeasures, including advanced internal surface coatings, prevent ghosting and flare
    Tamron employs multi-layer coatings in order to reduce reflections on lens surfaces as well as internal surface coatings (coatings on the cemented surfaces of lens elements) in order to minimize reflections from the sensor itself within the mirror box, a problem inherent to all digital SLR cameras.

  8. The world’s first and greatest zoom power of 15X plus built-in VC mechanism achieved along with a remarkably slim maximum diameter of less than 80mm
    Designing a lens with the world’s first and greatest zoom ratio of 15X inevitably entailed a larger travel distance of the components within the optical systems, but Tamron has successfully accommodated the optical system as well as the special VC mechanism in a remarkably compact and slim package by employing mechanical design technology accumulated over many years. The result: A slim design measuring less than 80mm in diameter despite the fact that it is an ultra high power zoom lens that incorporates a VC mechanism. Production engineering this unique zoom lens meant incorporating complex optical / mechanical components, and Tamron’s engineers had to employ innovative manufacturing techniques including methods of further enhancing accuracy, reducing weight, and increasing the strength of many components.
    ? Note: : In order to achieve the world’s first and greatest zoom ratio of 15X, metal mounts are used in both Canon- and Nikon-mount lenses.

  9. Zoom lock mechanism for convenience in carrying the outfit
    The lens has a built-in zoom lock mechanism to prevent its barrel from sliding forward when the lens is being carried on the camera.

  10. Flower-shaped lens hood as a standard accessory
    The lens is supplied with a flower-shaped lens hood as a standard accessory. It is designed to efficiently cut harmful light entering at angles other than intended angles at all four corners of the frame. This ensures clear, flare-free images.

  11. New outer design matches the newest generation high power zoom lens in the digital era
      1. The lens employs a new outer design that is more refined and smoother in its overall contours by minimizing concavity, convexity, and variations in profile in order to match the latest digital SLR cameras.
      2. A gold-colored metal ring is placed at a key portion of the lens as used in other Di II lenses. The “TAMRON” logo placed in the center portion of the lens enhances visibility of the brand while refining the overall design.
      3. Delicate matte finish is added to the black painting over the lens barrel in order to enhance the high quality appearance of the lens.
      4. The textured rubber pattern of the zoom and focus control rings has been improved again to a more pronounced, easy to grasp design than the conventional rubber pattern, for better feel and touch in manipulating the lens.

Model Name Model B003
Focal Length 18-270mm
Maximum Aperture F/3.5-6.3
Angle of View 75°33’-5°55’ (equivalent angles of view when converted to 35mm)
Lens Construction 18 elements in 13 groups
Minimum Focus Distance 0.49m (over the entire zoom range
Maximum Mag. Ratio 1 : 3.5 (at f=270mm and 0.49m MFD)
Filter Diameter 72mm
Overall Length 101.0mm
Maximum Diameter 79.6mm
Weight 550g*
Diaphragm Blades 7 blades
Minimum Aperture F/22
Standard Accessory Flower-shaped lens hood
Compatible Mount For Canon and Nikon
* The values given are the lens for Nikon.
* The cosmetic design, specifications and performance are subject to change without notice.

Tamron 18-270mm Lens

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#1 Robin Edgar

I am curious about the following asterisked note -

* 3 A format covered by an APS-C sized image sensor is smaller than that of 35mm format film. Therefore, this lens is capable of filling the frame by capturing an area that is almost the same as an area covered by a lens designed for the 35mm format and providing the maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.3.

It would suggest that the Tamron 18-270mm lens might actually be able to cover a full frame sensor (or 35mm film frame) at the longer focal lengths, if not all of them. . . I guess it would be worthwhile testing it out on a full frame DSLR or Nikon 35mm film SLR to see what results.

5:38 pm - Tuesday, September 9, 2008

#2 mel

This lens will be very popular without a doubt. Here is a nice comparison of Tamron 18-270mm VC and Tamron 18-250mm:


9:13 pm - Monday, September 15, 2008

#3 Ron conheim

WARNING: Tamron 18-270 has mfg defect. I have tried 8 lenses & they all stick between 70-100mm - especially in vertical shooting position. Tamron admitted defect to me, but told my camera store that the problem was within accectable tolerance levels! Recommend you test before you buy.

3:17 am - Sunday, October 26, 2008

#4 Rey

Sticking between 70-100mm was intended to prevent gravity zooming especially when holding the lens in vertical position thats what Tamron Japan told me about this issues. With such superzoom lens range the glass is heavy and it will self zoom by itself when tilted upward or downward. The added lock mechanism is for locking the lens at 18mm. I love mine and replaces my Nikkor 18-200mm VR.

5:50 pm - Wednesday, October 29, 2008

#5 Jen

So, I'm trying to decide if I should get the Tamron 18-270 VC or Nikkor 18-200 VR. Are there any benefits to getting the Nikkor lens? Which is sharper?

8:11 pm - Thursday, November 6, 2008

#6 Q Cash

Hi, can the B003 model Tamron 18 - 270mm lens be use at Nikon D90 camera

9:53 am - Friday, November 7, 2008

#7 Ekiebana

B003 could only be used on Canon EOS. I have mine and I bought it in Japan, Yodobashi camera. It's good although have barrel distortion at wide and soft throughout it's zoom range. I've compared it with my canon EF-S 18-200mm lens. And sharpness is better on my canon 18-200mm lens. The extra 70mm is the only advantage I could see on the Tamron.

3:15 am - Monday, November 10, 2008

#8 Martin

I have de 18-270VC (B003) for one month now, i have to say: the lens is realy perfect for a all purpose, "walk around lens". Very sharp pictures, nice range cover, focus speed is realy good (fast) enough, may be not fast enough for some action photo's but normally you will not miss a shot. In the range 22 - 130mm the lens is super, at 18mm you have to go to F5 of higher for very sharp corner-to-corner results, but stil: the pictures are very nice and sharp even at 200mm to 270 mm. The VC function is superb, never seen such a fantastic stabilisation, realy as if you place the camera on a stand, i made scharp photo's with VC, at 200mm, at 1/6 (F4)!!. Last week i had to bring is back, during the cold the lens stopt working, we placed is from my Nikon D90 on a D80 and on the D80 it kept working under the same conditions (??). The D90 functioned perfect, so something was wrong in the lens. Today i got a new one (in 2 day's!), i have to test it. I have to say: If you want a all-in-one lens, and you're not someone that examens every pixel of the 12Mp foto's in extreme 400% detail, than please don't hasitate, just buy this fantastic lens!

6:50 pm - Monday, January 12, 2009

#9 gary roy

new nikon d90 with 18-270 purchased 12-08-08, lens sometimes locks up camera.ritz swaped 18-270 for another 18-270 with same condition. 1-16-09 traded 18-270 @ ritz for nikon 18-200 works great so far. i loved the tamron lens but they need to find glick with nikon

2:50 am - Sunday, January 18, 2009

#10 Mick Kelly

I have a Canon 450D can anyone confirm that the Tamron 18-270 is compatable with the camera,is there any difference between the Nicon and Canon lens connection. I am still learning about my camera some advice would be much appreciated I

11:03 pm - Friday, January 23, 2009

#11 Ray

I am tempted on the 18mm-270mm with the use of a Nikon D80 to be purchased yet.
I feel from what i have seen on photos that they are not as bright and crisp as i would like them to be. This being a problem with my current Lenses Zuiko 14mm-45mm
and 40mm - 150mm. I am upgrading from an Olympus E500 to Nikon D80.
Of course i want better quality. Will this Lense 18mm -270mm give it to me? I am not convinced yet.

7:31 am - Sunday, February 1, 2009

#12 ron davis

can i use the 18-270mm lens with my nikon d300?

10:36 am - Wednesday, February 18, 2009

#13 saruxab

18mm-270mm got my attention while I am trying to change between my canon 17-85 IS and Canon 100-300 IS. While I take pictures only while travelling, carrying 100-300 and replacing every time I want to snap a bird starting to get very uncomfortable.
Any suggestion if this lense is capable at least same as those 2 canon not having in mind I will loose 30mm in total which I do not mind for comfort sake...

5:33 pm - Tuesday, March 31, 2009

#14 saruxab

sorry canon 75-300mm not 100-300. My mistake

5:37 pm - Tuesday, March 31, 2009

#15 Robin Edgar


In that you already own Canon's 17-85mm IS lens and its 70-300mm IS lens I would suggest seriously considering buying a second camera body rather than buying this Tamron lens, as good as it may be. You could for sure buy a used Canon 20D body for less than the cost of this lens for instance, and put both of your existing lenses to better use. Obviously the lower resolution camera should be attached to the telephoto zoom. I have looked at tests for the 20D compared to the 30D and 40D and there is virtually no difference in picture quality. The Canon 50D has higher resolution but it looks like that resolution comes at the price of higher noise at high ISOs. A used or clearance EOS Rebel, especially the XSi would be a great second body too.

5:59 pm - Tuesday, March 31, 2009

#16 saruxab

My first body is just 400D as I am novice in df,
carrying 2 bodies looks like more challenging while travelling but of course it would be smartest move... I just which to find something I can replace those 2 for 1 but I am not very keen on such a range like 18-270 on one lense... There are some L series with a huge range but they are dam expensive and heavy because of the build quality...
Appreciate suggestions. Once I am more into all the basics I wish to own 5D II full frame..

9:52 pm - Tuesday, March 31, 2009

#17 Wiwik

I just bought this lens with built-in-motor for my Nikon D60. I had difficulty using the auto-focus (AF). I use AUTO setting dial (with and without flash) and many times it just prevents me from pressing the shutter button because it's not focused yet (I don't get the solid green light).
So often I have to switch off the auto-focus mode on the lens and do manual focus. Did I miss something?

The VC is a tremendous help.

8:32 am - Monday, June 22, 2009

#18 twolf

I have a Canon EOS Rebel XTi. I don't see anywhere that it will fit the XTi. Can anyone clarify for me?

12:01 am - Sunday, July 19, 2009

#19 Andrew

I am using a Nikon D300 and after using manual focus quite a bit, it is either difficult or impossible to get the lens to autofocus. As such the lens is pretty useless.

Has anyone had the same problem, and if so what did you do about it?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

12:58 pm - Tuesday, September 1, 2009

#20 Janet

I have just purchased a Nikon D5000 an with that the Tamron 18-270mm lense.

I would like some help with the best way to enhance my lense to get increase the magnification of wildlife subjects. I have looked at feedback on Close Up Lenses and Extension tubes but I am not sure which one will have the best results. Would appreciate some help

12:17 pm - Friday, September 4, 2009

#21 Magno

I have a Nikon D90 which bought in a promotion with the Tamron AF18-270mm. I used for a while and suddenly it stop working. I had it repaired after Tamron have admited that it was a defect, but the same problem hapenned. Now, I took a new Tamrom with the same features but made specifically to Nikon and the same problem happens. So, no more Nikon with Tamron... maybe in a far future. I will take any other Nikon lens.

12:18 am - Tuesday, November 24, 2009

#22 JPI

Does the VC for 18-270mm really create a little tick sound when it starts and stops?

1:41 pm - Sunday, December 6, 2009

#23 Roman

to Andrew: I had similar problem with this Tamron 18-270, it could autofocus but images were totally "grainy". Returned the lens to supplier, tehy have tested it a and exchanged with comment that they have seen such a failure before, the new one makes beautiful photos.

4:00 pm - Tuesday, January 5, 2010

#24 Roman

to JPI:yes it does, that is the vibration compensation inside the lens. I have asked about it, actually it is quite disturbing, but once you get used to it, you wont notice it anymore.

4:02 pm - Tuesday, January 5, 2010

#25 Roman

to Wiwik: I face the same problem on my lens as well, it feels like you have a lens that is no capable of focusing. You either have to switch to manual focusing or just swith the camera off and after 5 or 10 sconds back on. That probably the only reasong why I am considering to change it for some other lens. Any other solutions are highly appreciated.

4:06 pm - Tuesday, January 5, 2010

#26 Jane

I have a Tamron 18-270 lens and from the start it will just lockup and will not autofocus or do anything. Some times I will be taking picture and then it will just stop and lock up and sometimes will lockup right when I turn on the camera. I have a Nikon D60 and do not have any problems with the other Nikon lens. I did also notice that with that Tamron len I got the error on the camera Lens not attached. But I dont get this error everytime it locks up. To get it to unlock I have to either turn the camera off and back on or take the AF off and take a manual picture and then switch it back to AF and it will work.

1:06 am - Friday, January 8, 2010

#27 Jason

yes, I have the problem of the Tamron lens not doing anything, lockup or no autofocus when it is presented with challenging lighting changes, or going across a very big zoom range..

I initially was turning the camera on and off to reset but then that was like a 50% success rate.

The best solution I have now is to dismount the lens (no need to take the whole thing off) and that seems to fix the problems 99% of the time.

7:03 am - Tuesday, January 12, 2010

#28 Andrew

Re Tamron 18 - 170, being used with a Nikon D300, and further to my comments on this site on 1st September 2009, I have had no option but to send back the lens to Intro 2020. Whilst in AF mode, it would frequently lock up after the camera had been on for 2 minutes or so. To cure the problem, I would have to turn off the camera and then back on, until the problem recurred, again and again. But latterly, it has been impossible to get the autofocus to re-engage after being in manual focus mode. It was in that condition that I returned it this week.

6:19 pm - Tuesday, January 12, 2010

#29 Andrew

Re my last comment, I obviously meant to say 18 - 270 , and not 18 - 170!

6:21 pm - Tuesday, January 12, 2010

#30 Joe

I have an interesting issue. I bought my lens from B&Hphoto; and bought it back to Australia where I live. After it working fine for one day I now have issues switching between AF to MF. The lens does not totally recognize the switch and the focus ring remains locked as if in AF mode. The camera does recognize the switch. Has any seen this problem??
I'm on a Canon 400D (Rebel xti).

So I need to make a decision whether to send back to the states or have repaired here in Aus for a fee. Which doesn't bother me as I save P when I bought from the US.

2:18 am - Monday, February 22, 2010

#31 Crispin Enguerra

My Tamron 18-270 mm is fairly new, I have been using it with no problem and for no apparent reason it started sticking or not zooming to it's full length but will only go as far 35 mm and it locks itself there. What do I do? I do not want to force it to extend or I might break it. Thanks, Crispin

7:08 pm - Wednesday, February 24, 2010

#32 Roman

I have successfully returned my lens for free-of-charge replacement, the new one works flawlessly, is fast, accurate exactly as it should be, but I had to wait 1 month. But let's back to the point, there is no reason for it to stick at 35mm mark, pay attention, lay it on a table, switch to manual focus and turn the lens until you reach 270, if it sticks before this mark and you feel like turning it might brake it, go and consult any good lens re-seller or just Canon, or Nikon shop, they will tell you if it a warranty case.

9:06 pm - Wednesday, February 24, 2010

#33 Crispin Enguerra

I do not mind the wait as I have other good lens to use. Thanks for the response though. I did just that but the it wont go past the 35mm mark, again I do not want to force it it feels like it will break. I have contacrted Tamron and they want me to send the lens to them. Again, Thanks for the response.


9:13 pm - Wednesday, February 24, 2010

#34 Roman

You're welcome. Hopefully they will exchange it for a brand new one. Regarding the other lens you are using, I am planning to buy a 17-50 F/2,8 for concerts and inside photos, what kind of the other lens do you use?

9:20 pm - Wednesday, February 24, 2010

#35 Crispin Enguerra

I am using the Canon 17-40mm F4L, a pretty sweet lens and I also have the 70-200mm F2.8 IS. I have switched to the L series since I upgraded to a new 1DsMkIII. The new camera doesn't support the Tamron 18-270mm. I am using my old 40D as a backup camera, I love it for the 40D, I wish I could use it for my 1DSMkIII.

Another good one for indoor shoot is the fast Canon 50mm F1.4. perfect for portrait.

Good luck.

10:04 pm - Wednesday, February 24, 2010

#36 Arizal

I just got prob. with my Tamron 18-270mm len, shooting at night with low shutter speed 5" F13(using tripod).Image taken become blury,i identify that the focusing hv problem make the object taken become shaking before the focusing indicator higlighted red showing in the camera frame.It result of the picture taken become blur.What the really problem with the len,anybody can explain about it?

3:03 am - Wednesday, March 17, 2010

#37 Jason

did you check that the Vibration Control is OFF when it is on the tripod?

1:36 pm - Wednesday, March 17, 2010

#38 Crispin Enguerra

This lens sucks, Tamron will repair it for $275.00 which I think is not worth it. I paid about 600 for it and to repair it at 275 is a little stiff. I don't see any reason why that lens would stick. I won't work with a full frame trust me. I will just retire it, everything about it I hate anyway.

5:25 pm - Thursday, March 18, 2010

#39 Mike W

I am interested in the Tamron 18-270 for my Nikon D200. Is it compatible?

10:45 am - Saturday, March 27, 2010

#40 Luciano

This lens doesn't work fine with my D90. Quite frequently, the auto focus stops to work completely even in full daylight and I have to turn the camera off, then on, then try again. Very annoying. I have read several reviews with people having the same problem so potential users are warned. I'm going to trash away or return this lens. Perhaps on other cameras its fine, but they still have to work a lot for the D90.

10:02 am - Sunday, April 18, 2010

#41 Parth

Dear All, I was about to buy Tamron 18-270mm Lens for my Canon 550D, But after viewing you comments I am totally puzzled. Please.. Please.. I request all of you (who are having the Lens right now and experiencing the issue)kindly let me know if this lens is worth buying or not? Should I buy or not? Please drop me an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Thank you in Advance.

2:20 pm - Thursday, April 29, 2010

#42 Paul

I've had the 18-270 now for about 6 months. great lens, versatile,relatively lite and inexpensive. I got it with a D40 originally and it worked so well. fast, clean quiet and pretty sharp for that type of lens. I then changed to D90 and ever since had a locking, non-responsive, dead problem as others have. I had the body replaced - same problem, had the lens fixed (apparently a bad logic chip) - same problem. All that's left to do is get a total replacement which I don't think the shop would do.

Any ideas??

3:08 pm - Friday, May 7, 2010

#43 Joe

Same story here. Nikon D300 and Tamron 18-270. Locks up the camera and won't focus. Dropping the battery out of the camera seemed to work. DO NOT depend on this lens if you're shooting a wedding. Wish I had bought the Nikon 18-200 VR II. When it works, I like the lens. Just not reliable.

4:15 am - Thursday, August 12, 2010

#44 Dia

I have an Canon EOS 550D, bought my Tamron 18-270 and lasted 3 months. After that, AUTOFOCUS failed (after switching to manual focus and back), managed to fix it a few times by taking out the battery and back, but now it totally failed, no AUTOFOCUS anymore.

Apart of that problem (going back to the store in a few days to claim my guarantee) I was 100% satisfied from the lens, really good quality, amazing zoom, all in all for the usage I needed it (one lens, wide but also superzoom so no need to change lenses while traveling), this was/is excellent choice... but lets see now about the AUTOFOCUS problem! Will report back here soon!

3:24 pm - Saturday, August 28, 2010

#45 bry

@Dia, the same situation happened to my tamron 18-270. Want to know what happened then. Did they replace your lense or fix it. Did you test it again. How was it? Did it solve the problem?

3:44 am - Saturday, September 11, 2010

#46 Andrew

Bry - you will see from earlier comments that I use a Nikon D300 with the 18 - 270 Tamron. I sent back the lens and they fixed the problem by changing some of its innards (gearing?). It was returned to me very quickly. The lens has worked fine ever since, but I would say that I gulp every time I think about using manual focus ... especially now that the extra 6 month warranty has now run out! But, so far, so good.

6:22 am - Saturday, September 11, 2010

#47 bry

Ok. So, I need to send back the lense. Thanks Andrew.

2:04 am - Tuesday, September 14, 2010

#48 Dia

I went to the store and I was redirected to the official repair place of the Tamron (among with lots of other brands) here in Athens. It was a small place but the guy for sure knew what he was doing.

I give him the lens and in front of me in a few seconds he disassembled it and moved a small white rotor which was blocked, its near the auto/manual focus change switch. This fixed the problem but he told me to keep the lens for a few days to check if the problem happens again.

After a few days I went back and exactly as Andrew wrote, he changed the whole circular gear, he showed me the piece, with a new one because the original one continued to jam the small rotor. Everything worked fine. I asked what was the problem, he told me that it was too "loose" and then instead of going back to its position it stayed somewhere in between.

Same again as Andrew, the lens works fine and I also gulp every time I think about using my manual focus... :D All is well though.

So what happened in your case with the lens?

1:01 pm - Tuesday, September 14, 2010

#49 Andie

Bought the 18-270 to us on my D60. Photos were sharp. Shooting youth sports, so the range was perfect for me. About 4 months after I bought the lens the AF started messing up. The same problems as others mention. I would have to turn off and on, or dismount the lens to get it to work again on my D60. I then tried it on my D90 and the autofocus quit working entirely. I try the lens back on the D60 and it works again. Try the D90 again and now the autofocus on the lens will not work at all on any camera. Lens is a piece of crap. Wished there were more reviews out there when I purchased. Learned my lesson. Not gonna be a guinea pig on new lenses anymore. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS LENS. You will be sending it in for repair sooner than later.

8:10 pm - Thursday, April 14, 2011

#50 Neuf

I have the opposite problem where my manual focus is tough to turn. It feels very rigid. My autofocus is fine. They told me to send the lens to them and I'm hoping this is covered under warranty (6 yrs.)

I'm using it with a Canon Rebel 450D.

7:23 pm - Monday, October 31, 2011