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

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Reviews of the Tamron AF 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD from around the web.

dpreview.com »

The latest design to emerge from the stable of superzoom experts Tamron, the AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO was announced in July 2008. The length of the zoom range is almost as remarkable as that of the lens's name itself, with the 15x ratio covering everything from a 28mm equivalent wideangle to a 420mm equivalent telephoto.
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photozone.de »

There's not only a mega-pixel war out there, we're also seeing a race for the highest zoom ratio in lens land. Tamron has always been at the forefront of providing extreme range zoom lenses. The relatively new Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 does already provide a class-leading performance (class-leading = "good") but it falls a little short in one important aspect: it may provide the highest zoom ratio (13.9x) of the industry combined with decent quality but it does not offer any optical image stabilization.
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the-digital-picture.com »

At review time, the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens holds the world record for longest focal length range in all camera mounts it supports including Canon's APS-C mount. The 15x focal length range is, without a doubt, very impressive. It is definitely the highlight feature of this lens. Other nice Tamron 18-270 features include VC (Vibration Control), a modest size & weight and a reasonable cost.
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ephotozine.com »

Tamron's 18-270mm lenses are pretty unique in that they are the only super-zoom lenses currently available covering such a huge range. This new version which sports a more compact design, silent autofocus and improved Vibration Compensation currently costs around £645. The older version, which is a bulkier optic lacking silent AF, can still be picked up for around £400.
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slrgear.com »

We tested the original Tamron superzoom in early 2009, citing its handiness and compact size as the main advantages. In the late-2010 refresh of the lens, Tamron has developed a new focusing technology, bringing it in line with other manufacturers, using ultrasonic ring motors instead of conventional mechanical motors to drive the focusing element. Additional changes include the use of rounded diaphragm blades, the use of 62mm instead of 72mm filters, and an overall reduction in size and weight. The 18-270mm is a Di lens, meaning it was designed for the reduced size of a subframe (APS-C) digital sensor.
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