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

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Product Highlights

  • Compact, Lightweight 15x Zoom Lens
  • For Use with Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
  • For APS-C Image Sensor Cameras
  • Piezo Drive Ultrasonic AF Motor
  • Zoom Wide Angle to Ultra Telephoto
  • Vibration Compensation (VC) Mechanism
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The Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Nikon 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, short 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 Nikon 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 Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
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 Nikon
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    TamronAF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Nikon
     
    4.4

    (based on 206 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (122)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (67)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (6)

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      (4)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (114)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (95)
    • Consistent output (73)
    • Easily interchangeable (69)
    • Durable (50)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (25)
    • Slow focus (18)
    • Lens creep (13)
    • Heavy (8)
    • Blurry focus (7)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (136)
    • Wildlife photos (95)
    • Sports/action (66)
    • Weddings (45)
    • Low light (37)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (90), Casual photographer (49), Semi-pro photographer (30), Photography student (7), Pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (186), Yes (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    SO FAR, SO VERY GOOD!

    Husband, Thomas made the purchase of the Tamron AF18-270 lens after I decided it was the birthday gift of choice based on the recommendation of a friend whose own photography is part of...Read complete review

    Husband, Thomas made the purchase of the Tamron AF18-270 lens after I decided it was the birthday gift of choice based on the recommendation of a friend whose own photography is part of a professional portfolio. I am a Public Affairs Officer for the Civil Air Patrol and the lens came just in time to photograph 8 days of the first of two Regional August Glider Academies held in Vermont. The previous 3 years required switching of lenses from 18-55 to 55-200 zoom to get the effects I wanted on the ground then in the air, losing great shots and angles in the process. This lens is a keeper. Photos sent out have received rave reviews for composition. I have noted some slow focusing intermittently, but not enough of a problem reduce my enthusiasm for this product. It SOARS!

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    Not Yet Happy with Tamron 18-270

    I bought a Nikon D5300 to replace an aging Nikon D80. I shoot wildlife with the D80 and always use a Nikon 70-300 lens, so I put the old lens on the...Read complete review

    I bought a Nikon D5300 to replace an aging Nikon D80. I shoot wildlife with the D80 and always use a Nikon 70-300 lens, so I put the old lens on the new, lightweight body. The images from this combination were superb (all things considered at this price point), but the heavy lens seemed unbalanced on the new body, so I decided to get a lighter long lens. The Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF got a number of pretty good reviews, so I bought one and swapped out the 70-300.

    What a difference a lens makes! While the Tamron is compact, light, and feels nicely balanced on the D5300, I am very disappointed with the image quality. At the long end (towards 270mm), the Tamron has trouble keeping focus. The Piezo Drive ultrasonic autofocus motor often has trouble as it bounces back and forth in and out of focus, even when I am shooting on something rather large (like a goose on a pond at 25 feet). Shooting with the piezo vibrating results in mostly out of focus images. Focusing on birds in trees produces a similar problem, but focusing through branches always causes problems.

    At wide angle (towards the 18mm end), the lens takes very nice photos without any focus issues, but I have gotten some vignetting, but it isn't bad.

    When I finally get the photos on the computer, the vast majority of telephoto shots suffer from soft focus and grainy texture (even with aperture and ISO adjusted). A few photos come out very well, as well as with the old 70-300, but if I can't count on getting good focus on something, what is the point of the lens?

    Tomorrow I'm going back to a different duck pond where I know the lighting will be bright and the ducks habituated to humans. I'll try the two lenses, one after the other, and make a decision about keeping the Tamron lens. From what I've seen so far, I think this lens is going back to B&H.

    For people who mostly want to take shots towards the 18mm end of the range, this lens might be good enough for a few shots at 270mm, but if the intended use primarily is towards the long end, I'd skip this lens.

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    5.0

    Tamron 18-270 lens review

    By newie

    from Kansas City, MO

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Rugged

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      I've had Tamron lenses for over 10 years, and consider them to be excellent in many ways. Not needing a combination wide/telephoto lens to bring with me any time I go shooting is wonderful, and this lens fits the bill. It's compact, easy to use, and once you get used to it, takes wonderful pictures. The price is verey cometitive, and compared to a Nikon lens, I think it's 'apples vs. apples' when it comes to the quality of your shots. I look forward to many years shooting with this lens.

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      4.0

      The lens I've been waiting for

      By Rick

      from PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        Since getting my Nikon D5100 three years ago, I've been wanting to replace the 18-55mm and 55-300mm lenses that came with it with one lens. Found this lens a couple of weeks ago and am very pleased. An excellent lense for the price!

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        5.0

        Tamron 18-270mm

        By Hank

        from Carstadt

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

        Great lens , thanks for the free fast shipping, B&H.

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        5.0

        Another Great Tamron Lens

        By Pete

        from North Potomac, MD

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          I love my new Tamron 18-270mm lens. It gives me the versatility to use it for whatever I am shooting. This morning I stepped out on my patio and there was a red shoulder hawk sitting a tree near my back fence. He was being "dive bombed" by smaller birds whose nest was close. At 270mm, I got several great shots. That is in contrast to being able to take pictures of my 11 month old granddaughter doing what she ought not. Same lens. This is my third Tamron lens and they have all been the best quality, most versatile, and easiest to use for the time they were bought. I have used them on Nikon N70's, D70's and now a D7000. Love 'em!

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          5.0

          Wide or telephoto

          By Isaac

          from El paso

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

          This the the second lens like this I purchased. I bought the original and after about 6 years of hard use and a few good falls it locked up on me. I was so in love with the wide and telephoto capability I just had to replace it. There is significant bbl distortion. And it's not the sharpest lens on the market but for the price it's a powerhouse. I can shoot indoors and walk outside and shoot hummingbirds at the feeder. It has an almost silent motor and offers vibration controll. This is a do it all lens. sharpness, color clarity and focal length.. For half the price or the name brand lens.

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          4.0

          Good travel lens

          By Alaska bound

          from Ankeny, IA

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

          I bought this for an upcoming trip to Alaska. I like the fact that it is short in length and very lightweight. The wde angle in mid-range is excellent and the Max zoom is perfectly fine if you are shooting with some decent light. Excellent lens choice if you don,t want to drag along 2-3 lenses.

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          5.0

          Great lens at a great price

          By James near the James

          from Richmond, Virginia

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events

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

          The standard lens that Nikon includes with their DSLRs is Ok but I wanted a zoom lens to get even better shots. Nikon has a huge selection of excellent quality zoom lens but their prices made my head spin. Last year I spent some time with my brother-in-law and was very impressed with the quality of his Tamron 18-270 zoom lens. I highly recommend this lens for people who, like me want a great lens at a great price.

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          4.0

          Easy on the eye and the wallet

          By longshot

          from Grants Pass, Or.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Rugged

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            The only thing I have not used this lens for,is macro and portraits. It works well on wide and tele, vary smooth and easy to use. I haven't had this lens long enough to find fault with it .

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            4.0

            Good value, competent lens

            By alicjen

            from Austin, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

            • Lens Creep
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I use this lens on my Nikon D7100 for outdoor photography. Lens is good but focus could be faster. There is a little bit of lens creep but for the price, I am okay with this lens.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent Lens

            By Mike

            from Kentucky

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              Love the range of this lens. I no longer constantly change lens to fit the shoot. Very pleased with this purchase.

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              5.0

              Good travel lens

              By Arik

              from NJ

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

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

                This is a good general purpose lens for traveling light with a single lens that covers a wide range of focal lengths. It is not a perfect lens for every use, but it's perfect for its intended use, which is general photography with light gear. The images are sharp and have good contrast. The image stabilization works very well. This lens will not replace my prime lenses or constant aperture zooms, but I'll be comfortable taking it on a trip as my main lens along with a 50mm F1.8 prime.AF speed is okay with the Nikon D300, but not great. Since the lens is for a DX size sensor, I didn't try it on the D800.

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                5.0

                Great Product

                By dianalynn

                from Severn, MD

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  Use it attached to Nikon 5100 & 5000. Already owned 1 of same item needed another because we both liked this lens better then our others.

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                  5.0

                  Super autofocus

                  By CJ

                  from Warwick, R.I.

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • NONE

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  I shoot sports often, and the focus is so fast I have to check to see if it actually focused that fast, no searching for the focus.Couldn't be happier with this lens.

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                  5.0

                  Great all-in-one for the price

                  By Barry

                  from Zephyrhills, Florida

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    I am a hobby photography taking about 200-300 pictures a week. Great lena for the money. Light and compact. I love shooting BIF, wildlife, and nature. Fast lens with wonderful results. There are times that a blurry focus occurs but that is common with other lenses also. Please do not compare a $ product to a $ one. This lens for the money does a great job. I believe Tamron does a wonderful job. I am now waiting to receive the Tamron 150-600mm.

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                    5.0

                    Love it!

                    By Steph

                    from Benton Harbor MI

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          I got this lense for a wedding I am doing and I am also a children's photographer, love the range of the lense and the quality is great too!

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                          5.0

                          Second purchase:.one Canon, one Nicon

                          By JohnR

                          from Olympia, WA

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                            I did my homework before purchasing this lens. So I got what I wanted and I like it.

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                            • No

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                            3.0

                            Decent Product

                            By Anish

                            from New Jersey

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Poor in Low Light

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                            This Lens works great in outdoor settings and is a good all in one lens. The autofocus does a decent job and is fairly quiet and fast. However occasionally during a drastic change in zoom the focus drive will make a high pitched squeal sound. Although it is good as an all in one purpose lens it does not do well in indoor low light settings. You will need an external flash and a light dispersion element for your external flash and an editing software.

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                            4.0

                            Good all-in-one for the price

                            By Cuyuna Rob

                            from Mankato, MN

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Lens Creep

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

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

                            Purchased this lens after much delay when the rebate was increased so I could use it as a walk-around lens on my Nikon D5000 during a trip to Alaska. It's not pro quality - and I wouldn't expect it to be at the price - but it served me well on the trip. I was able to shoot wide angle landscapes as well as zoom in on distant wildlife and geographic features without having to change lenses, which is the whole point of a lens like this.
                            Expect some vignetting when using the zoom - especially when using any sort of screw-on filter. I've noticed much less color fringing than with some other off-brand lenses (my older Tamron 70-300 is especially bad).
                            All-in-all a good lens for the price. Not sure I'd do any portrait or wedding photos with it, but for personal use and vacations, it's perfectly acceptable.

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                            5.0

                            Wonderful product

                            By KB

                            from SENECA, SC

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  Easy to use and so very lightweight. Fantastic quality and clear wonderful pictures. Definitely recommend to everyone.

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                                  5.0

                                  Absolutely Great Product

                                  By Bunk

                                  from Delmar, DE

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Great All-in-one Product
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Weddings/Events

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

                                    I really questioned this product since I have always used Nikon products. I wanted to have an all-in-one lens without having to constantly change lens. The price was inticing compared to the same in Nikon. After receiving the product I used it for the first time for a one year old birthday party using the wide angle and zooming in for action shots. I was truly satisified with the results. Gtreat not having to change lens and loose time in getting the shots I want. Tamron has developed a great product and giving 6 years warranty is also something to think about plus a rebate to help the purchase. Glad I dealth with B H Photo to explaing this great product before the purchase. Their input was a great help and support.
                                    As yet can't say anything negative about the product.

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