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Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon

You Pay: $449.00

Mail-In Rebate: -$50.00

Offer ends: DEC 31 '14
Price after rebate: $399.00
Product Highlights
  • Compact, Lightweight 15x Zoom Lens
  • For Use with Canon Digital SLR Cameras
  • For APS-C Image Sensor Cameras
  • Piezo Drive Ultrasonic AF Motor
  • Zoom Wide Angle to Ultra Telephoto
  • Vibration Compensation (VC) Mechanism

The Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon is a 15x high power zoom lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras using the more compact (APS-C) digital size image sensors. The focal length of this lens is equivalent to approx. 28-419mm in 35mm format. Designed as an "all-in-one" lens, it will meet almost all photographic opportunities without changing lenses.

The addition of PZD (Piezo Drive) ultrasonic autofocus motor helps make this lens lighter, shorter and slimmer than any previous lens in this category, and provides faster, quieter auto-focusing.

The VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism allows the use of shutter speeds that are much slower than otherwise possible, with no perceptible increase in image blur. It automatically detects movement of the camera and compensates for camera shake when shooting a moving object. This feature is a must in a lens with this longer range of focal length.  This lens will focus down to 19.3" (0.49 m) throughout the zoom range.

This lens is designed exclusively for DSLR cameras with smaller-size sensors. It is NOT compatible with 35mm film cameras and DSLR cameras with image sensors larger than 24 x 16mm.

Compact, lightweight 15x zoom lens
For use with Canon digital SLR cameras
For APS-C image sensor cameras
Vibration Compensation (VC) system is incorporated into the lens
A new level of compactness, performance, and speed is achieved with the addition of PZD (Piezo Drive), an innovative ultrasonic autofocus motor based on an advanced piezoelectric design
Special Glass Optimized for Digital SLR
Three hybrid aspherical lens elements and two LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements are used to accomplish effective compensation of on-axis and lateral chromatic aberrations, a critical factor to enhance the optical quality in digital photography.
Di-II Series Design
Design has been improved by adding a gold-colored band between the focus and zoom rings to enhance the appearance and make it stand out as a Di II lens. The rubber patterns of the zoom and focus control rings have been improved at the same time to compliment the digital camera design style and to provide better handling.
Performance
Focal Length 18 - 270mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 6.3
Minimum: f/22 - 40
Camera Mount Type Canon EF-S
Format Compatibility Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 75° - 5°
Minimum Focus Distance 19.3" (49 cm)
Magnification 0.26x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
Elements/Groups 16/13
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.9 x 3.8" (7.37 x 9.65 cm)
Weight 15.87 oz (450 g)
Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon
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    TamronAF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon
     
    4.4

    (based on 346 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (205)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (111)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (199)
    • Compact (187)
    • Improves picture quality (97)
    • Lightweight (65)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (60)

    Cons

    • Lens creep (16)
    • Poor clarity (13)
    • Poor in low light (13)
    • No increase in performance (11)
    • Slow focus (9)

    Best Uses

    • Shooting outdoors (170)
    • Shooting indoors (85)
    • Landscape/scenery (73)
    • Close up filming (53)
    • Upgrade (53)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (83), Photo enthusiast (54), Parent (52), Casual photographer (30), Technically challenged (23)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (292), Yes (30)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Can't Expect More!

    I was hoping to replace my canon 18-55 (MK II) and 55-250 (MK I) with this lens.
    On the 55-250 end of the Tamron PZD, it is...Read complete review

    I was hoping to replace my canon 18-55 (MK II) and 55-250 (MK I) with this lens.
    On the 55-250 end of the Tamron PZD, it is definitely an upgrade. Some of the Tamron PZD's advantage over the 55-250 are:
    -Auto focus is much faster, and 55-250 is simply frustrating to auto focus (p.s. faster than the 55-250, not other lenses)
    -Nearly no noise when auto focusing
    -IF, works better with a polarizer
    -The colors are amazing!
    -Images are quite sharp
    -Extra focal length (250-270), sometimes you just need that little bit of extra focal length, but most of the time it doesn't matter.

    However, when compared to 18-55, the Tamron PZD has significant distortion on the the 18-55 end, mainly 18-30ish. This distortion can be easily corrected using a photo editing software, but this takes some extra time.

    Prior to buying this lens, I read many reviews about comparing this lens to prime lenses and the "L" series.
    I personally don't think it is fair to compare images from a super zoom to those from a prime lens. A prime lens usually has sharper images, and is able to get to lower f-stop (I wouldn't say Tamron PZD's bokeh is nice, but acceptable), whereas a super zoom can switch to a large range of focal length easily. They belong to different categories.
    As for the "L" series (people like to talk about 24-70L), MAN! THEY ARE EXPENSIVE! You get what you paid for, and I think the Tamron PZD is worth its price, and even more. (And again, it's a super zoom, one should know what to expect from a super zoom, which is not necessarily perfect images)

    Application of the lens: the Tamron PZD is a great travel, walk-around lens, because of its zoom range, VC when hand held, and light weight. Sometimes it is also suitable to take event pictures. It works very well when under sufficient light, and when in low light, it's so-so. I recommend using this lens when taking snapshots and candid pictures. You will find surprises :)

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good lens for the money HOWEVER

    I purchased this lens prior to leaving for a holiday in Australia and New Zealand. After shooting nearly 4600 images, I was impressed. Results were good ... the lens was sharp overall...Read complete review

    I purchased this lens prior to leaving for a holiday in Australia and New Zealand. After shooting nearly 4600 images, I was impressed. Results were good ... the lens was sharp overall but sharper in the mid-range than in the long telephone (270mm). My complaints are these: 1) there was unexpected flare in photos taken in the direction of a brightly lit area and 2) why Tamron chose to offer this lens in a Canon mount when the rotation of the zoom is just the opposite of what you find on Canon lenses is beyond comprehension. It's apparently designed for Nikon with a Canon mount. Nice lens however I would never buy another Tamron for these two reasons. Having said that, the zoom (18-270) is ideal for traveling.

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    5.0

    Little Car show

    By Todd Z.

    from Tampa, FL

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

    Here's a shot from a local car show.

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    5.0

    Best lens ever

    By Bharat eye

    from Oman

    Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

    I would consider it equally good as a canon lens , it's performance in my opinion is better then the canon lens , clear, crispier , and sharper
    Works like a magic
    Highly recommended !!

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    4.0

    Good but Heavy

    By Thomaz

    from Campinas, SP

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Shooting Indoors
    • Shooting Outdoors

    Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

    It's a very good all in one lens, but it's a little bit heavy to carry all day long. Instead of it, recommend buying it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great travel lens

    By Abstract Southwest

    from Tucson, AZ

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Great zoom range

    Cons

    • Slow At Longe End
    • Soff At Edges
    • Soft At Edges
    • Some distortion

    Best Uses

      Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

      This is a nice compact zoom that is great for travel. The 18-270mm is the equivalent of a 28-430mm in a 355 mm equivalents, and it meant that I could get some great telephoto shots. The VC worked ok - it's a bit strange though because when you press the shutter release half-way to lock focus, the view shifts slightly and the VC is engaged. Overall the lens is reasonably sharp and focuses relatively quickly. I was pleased with that I had this on my trip to SE Asia instead of my 18-55mm and 70-200mm lenses (though I did miss the f2.8 and f4 of the other lenses - it is a bit slow). It has some trouble focusing in low-light. Still for the price it's hard to beat.

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      • No

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Lens

      By Todd Z.

      from Tampa, FL

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

          Awesome walk around Lens. Lots of function.

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          • No

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          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Tamron AF 18-270 for Canon

          By Lee

          from Knoxville, TN

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design

          Cons

          • Poor Clarity

          Best Uses

            Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

            Not as good quality as I expected. Very slow to focus. Not happy with it compared to less expensive Canon lenses I had to resort to use to get quality pictures.

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            • No

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            THE TRAVELING LENS

            By Sue

            from Asheville, NC

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors

              Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

              I travel a lot and got very tired of carrying 2 lens with me. A friend has this lens and really likes it so I bought it . Good buy and great for travel. Light weight and just about does it all!

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              • No

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great All-In-One for Travel

              By mauigirl

              from NC

              About Me Casual photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Close Up Filming
                • Shooting Outdoors

                Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

                Very nice lens. Purchased for my new Canon DSLR camera and it matches up perfectly for great pictures. Nice all around lens and small enough to pack comfortably for air travel or extended vacations. Makes very clear photograph and focusing is quick.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great lens

                By John S

                from Tampabay, Florida

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Picture Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Shooting Outdoors

                  Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

                  Good all-around lens. Small size, light weight.

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                  • No

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great zoom lens.

                  By Joe Palmetto

                  from Ellenton, FL

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Close Up Filming
                    • Panoramic Filming
                    • Shooting Indoors
                    • Shooting Outdoors
                    • Upgrade

                    Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

                    I use this as the primary lens for my Cannon EOS camera. It's heavier than the standard 18mm Cannon lens but about the same weight as the Cannon 78-300mm zoom and shorter than this lens at minimum zoom. The Tamron lens replaces both Cannon lens when I'm traveling. It also seems to perform better than the Cannon telephoto in low light conditions.

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                    5.0

                    A good around lens

                    By Gary

                    from Limerick Pa

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

                        I bought this lens because I was tired of changing lenses all the time. This lens has a really wide range. I am not a professional photographer I just like having really nice pictures to remember the trip by and show off at work.

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                        • No

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                        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Fantastic Lens, and Great Service B&H

                        By Dr. Joe

                        from Chatham, New York

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

                            Compact - Only lens you'll ever need as an advanced amature.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            all-in-one lens live up to its name

                            By Jim the shutter buster

                            from Minnesota USA

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Picture Quality
                            • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Close Up Filming
                              • Panoramic Filming
                              • Shooting Outdoors

                              Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

                              I'm a newbie when it comes to photography. A little of that and a little of this, but I found a lens that truly live up to its name when it comes to having an all-in-one lens that's fully functional and with its degree of usefulness. Now I don't have to change lens anymore whenever I got to roam around. This lens seemed to deliver what is required of it in almost every situation, maybe except at night. I'm still experimenting on what's the best setting the lens could be use. On the down side 'though, I notice some image distortion in some particular distance especially in taking patterned, linear subjects. I assume all zoom lens have this anyway. But generally I'm happy with Tamron 18-270mm!

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                              4.0

                              Tamron AF18-270

                              By camera weasel

                              from omaha,NE

                              About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

                                    I bought this lens to go with my Canon sl-1 which enables me to get by with a small camera body and compact lens when I want to travel lightly. I've only shot around 75 test shots but I am satisfied with the lens. The extensive focal length is handy and it does allow one to take only one lens if you want to travel light. I often travel using my 5d mark 2 with L glass and the combination of the sl1 with the tamron lens makes a long day much easier.I didn't give the lens 5 stars because I haven't used it enough yet.

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    This is all in one lens for your camera

                                    By PV in California

                                    from Westminster,CA

                                    About Me Parent

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • Convenient
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Improves Picture Quality
                                    • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Shooting Indoors
                                      • Shooting Outdoors
                                      • Upgrade

                                      Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

                                      I would use this only lens for almost all
                                      photos that I want to have from close to distance.

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                                      • No

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                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Tamron 18-270 for Canon

                                      By Tico Birder

                                      from San Francisco peninsula

                                      About Me Senior citizen

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use

                                      Cons

                                      • Weight

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Birds
                                      • Shooting Outdoors

                                      Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

                                      I use this as my travel lens. Works for landscape, birds (even some in flight, altho' cropping is necessary) and semi-macro (actually close-up). The lock button makes it nice for carrying because it doesn't slide out to full length while you're walking.
                                      I didn't give it 5 stars because, for me, it is a bit heavy for a long time carrying. I have a bridge camera which I will try to see if it's easier weight-wise. But I still want to be able to get good bird pictures, so I will use my Tamron when I don't have to hike long distances.

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                                      • No

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Good lens for cheap

                                      By Julius Family Photographer

                                      from Las Vegas, NV

                                      About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact Design
                                      • Easy To Use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Close Up Filming
                                        • Panoramic Filming
                                        • Shooting Indoors
                                        • Shooting Outdoors

                                        Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

                                        I used to do family functions, as well bring it with me to family vacation. Took some get pictures up close and awesome pictures from afar. Nothing wrong with it.

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                                        4.0

                                        I'm pretty much liking this lens

                                        By TAZ

                                        from Central Pennsylvania

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact Design
                                        • Easy To Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Panoramic Filming
                                          • Shooting Outdoors

                                          Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

                                          I love how light and versatile it is. No problems with creep (yet) and I've used it for 30 minutes pointing straight down from a tripod.
                                          As other reviews have noted, it's soft at the lower and higher ranges, particularly when zooming in. However, most of the from-camera images are OK. The automatic setting at f6.3 in the higher range seems to add fuzziness so it seems best to go to f10. Low light, therefore, requires a high ISO with the resulting grain.
                                          I've had the lens for less than a month, but I've taken a lot of pictures in different circumstances and I'm happy enough that I will keep it.

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                                          5.0

                                          Great Lens!

                                          By Chrisg4jc

                                          from Chandler, AZ

                                          About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Improves Picture Quality

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

                                              Moving from Canon to a Tamron lens takes a little getting used to, but I love this lens! Takes great photos - versatile, easy to use - great buy!

                                              • Was this a gift?:
                                              • Yes

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                                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              Tamron / Canon 18-270mm zoom lens

                                              By PanoMann

                                              from Venice Ca.

                                              About Me Film Professional, Technically Challenged

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Compact All In One
                                              • Compact Design
                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • High Quality
                                              • Improves Picture Quality

                                              Cons

                                              • Needs Double Coat Filter
                                              • Not Good With 2x Convert

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Close Up Filming
                                              • Panoramic Filming
                                              • Shooting Indoors
                                              • Shooting Outdoors

                                              Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon:

                                              Documentary and conceptual imagery has always been my genre of choise, but lately I have been recording wildlife photography. I enjoy the versatility of an all in one lens but always been a bit unsure about the quality of a zoom lens especially at both ends of the zooming spectrum leaning toward the 18mm and the 270mm areas, but after extensive testing I find that this lens is the highest quality I been told about by others that have one. My only regret is that I see so many of them used in public with other photographers (thanks to spotting the gold ring) that I divert my time, concentration, and stop to chat with them about it...Lol. I only wish I could find another zoom lens at F4.5 that ranges from 300mm to 900mm or so at a reasonable price. Then my equipment needs would be complete. Thanks for creating a perfect product.

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