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TamronAF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens
 
4.2

(based on 239 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (112)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (91)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (150)
  • Consistent output (127)
  • Easily interchangeable (121)
  • Strong construction (92)
  • Durable (88)

Cons

  • Heavy (70)
  • Lens creep (64)
  • Slow focus (49)
  • Poor in low light (22)
  • Blurry focus (9)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (157)
  • Wildlife photos (101)
  • Sports/action (71)
  • Macro photography (60)
  • Weddings (56)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (116), Casual photographer (40), Semi-pro photographer (35), Enthusiast (20), Semi-professional (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (127), Yes (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Superb VR - Sharp - Good Contrast

VC Image Stabilization is equal, even better than my Nikon VR Lenses. Lens is very sharp at every zoom point and it has excellent contrast. Focusing speed is Nikon's pre af-s lenses but...Read complete review

VC Image Stabilization is equal, even better than my Nikon VR Lenses. Lens is very sharp at every zoom point and it has excellent contrast. Focusing speed is Nikon's pre af-s lenses but acceptable for a general purpose lens. Focuses faster on D300 but still acceptable on D7000 and D5100. This is a great lense with a major shortfall that prevents it from being a 5, and might make it a 2 or 3 for people not willing to work around the issue. The barrel binding can require a lot of torque to overcome which makes zoom framing a real nuisance sometimes. The lens is totally unacceptable for zooming with video because of the aformentioned torque required to zoom through the mid-range (70-175mm). I personally love the lense because it takes really great pictures at all zoom lengths but have multiple camera bodies and lenses handy with af-s for birding and sports action that are faster focusing and where binding might cause a bad / missed shot. The lens capture a lot of detail making it a breeze to handle blacks and whites. You will love the lens if you can take your time and your income does not count on not missing a shot because you cannot zoom fast enough because of the zoom binding. The 18-270 mm zoom lens is mcuh more versatile than the 28-300mm.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor Lens, Please don't buy

I was very excited for this lens, read all the reviews, positive and negative and decided to go for this lens. I liked it initially when I checked it indoors. Photos were very...Read complete review

I was very excited for this lens, read all the reviews, positive and negative and decided to go for this lens. I liked it initially when I checked it indoors. Photos were very bright and nice and probably I liked this lens over Nikon lens at that time.

I took it on my vacation and left my nikon 18-55 and 55-200 lenses at home which was my biggest mistake.

This lens worked nicely for initial 10-15 photos and then it my Nikon camera started giving me frequent messages "Lens not attached". I had to switch off my camera 3-4 times before I could click one or two photos and again the same message even I didn't switch off the camera.

Well then auto focus stopped working.. AF was not doing anything once for every 4 clicks. Well AF never worked if I switched on the camera which lens was at 270 zoom. The only way to get that working was to switch on the camera at 100 and then go to 270.

Rest all the negative comments given by other reviewers which I ignored while deciding for this lense like :
Lens Creep - its there - if you point the camera up, my lens falls back in

Image quality - Virtually all of my pictures are soft!

Zoom ring doesn't move smoothly between 70 and 150 mm.

Zoom difficult to move in vertical when pointing up or pointing down. It works normally on horizontal position

mainly very frequent "Lens Not Attached" Error.

I am returning this lens today. Can't recommend this to anyone, Don't go for cheap lens, just go for Nikon 18-200 if you need a good lens

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5.0

Love this lens

By Rob

from Toms River, NJ

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

    Took some photos of the damage at the beach and the close up of the ride in the water after Sandy were simply amazing.

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    4.0

    Good lens, worth the money

    By photovideogreg

    from Carbondale, Illinois

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Convenient
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light
    • Sticky Zoom

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

    For the price and versatility of this lens, it is a great bargain. I'm trading my 70-300, because I now have 18-270mm in one lens, and it is WAY more convenient. Of course, the lens is a bit slower and the zoom sticks in the middle, which is somewhat bothersome. But overall, it is worth the trade-off. The images look sharp, autofocus is reasonably fast. Image quality in video is fantastic and the stills look good too. Unless you have big $ or multiple bodies, this lens, combined with a super wide, give you great coverage.

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    4.0

    Was better than expected

    By Randy

    from Lungern Switzerland

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

    Eliminates the need for other lenses unless you have very special needs. I only used this Lens on vacation and got great results.

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    5.0

    Only need one lens THAT'S IT!

    By Chopps

    from Calcutta Ohio

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

      Great field of view - FAST focus - nice feel not heavy. smooth operation. I am selling my 2 Nikon lenses - do not need them now.

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      5.0

      Get you money worth.

      By Luke

      from Gaithersburg, MD

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

      I was looking for a zoom lense that include wide-angle and tele-photo. This one is just perfect for me. I tried some outdoor photos, and found it is a great zoom.

      Con: When zoom larger than 250mm, the edge is a litle out of focus

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      4.0

      Best possible purchase in the segment

      By José Ruiz

      from Caracas, Venezuela

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Lens Creep
      • Zoom Barrel Operation

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

      For the price I paid I can not say anything else: this lens is great!I have taken some 3000 pictures so far with this lens attached to my Nikon D7000, since I got it in August 15th, when I arrived to US for vacations in Orlando.The lens is solid enough and well built. No problems in that aspect.Yes, the behavior of the barrel is awkward and annoying in occasions, especially when the focal length is around 80-90mm and you try to change the focal length towards the 200mm range. In the mentioned case it is like if the barrel was stock and sometimes it almost makes you thing it is already at the tele end of the zoom. Definitely not good for video. This is the reason for the 4 stars instead of 5.Yes, this lens extends to the tele end if you have it beyond the 30mm and you hold the camera facing down, as well as will zoom down to 18 mm if you hold the camera pointing the lens upward. But that doesn't bother me that much.And yes, the lens is not top sharp across the whole frame at the 18-28 mm range and at the tele end above the 220 mm, However, I believe that you have to evaluate the products in the right context as otherwise you are loosing perspective. This is a super zoom lens and we have to understand that all super zoom lenses are far from perfect at some point!Having said all the not so goods I found for this lens, I have to say that it is very sharp in the 30 -200 mm range, even more, excellent (comparable to some primes) in the 50- 120mm range. Minimum CA, no significant flare, even in the worst scenarios you may think of. The lens is not that slow focusing, as reported by others (again, perspective is required) though it is not quick enough to follow in focus animals approaching fast toward you (running or flying) when they are closer than 50feet away. But for what these lenses are intended for, it is good enough, not excellent but good enough.An issue reported by other people that I have not experienced at all, is problems to lock focus. The Nikon D7000 locks focus with this lens without a problem in the worst possible light conditions I have tested it so far (low light interiors in restaurants/bars, night shots outside with almost no light, etc), and I can tell, I've been pushing the couple to the limits, testing it.I chose this lens instead of the new one from Tamron because of its optical performance, that is reported to be superior in almost all aspects and almost all focal lenghts. I read lots and lots of reviews and tests results (in particular DxO labs, which I think are very accurate and provide evaluations for different combinations of lens-body) and despite the PZD version being smaller and lighter than this lens, I found no significant improvement in the focusing speed, which is really the other aspect of this lens to improve.I also compared this lens with the Nikon 18-200 and I found in reports that the only real advantage of the Nikon was the focusing speed. Of course there are some focal distance ranges where the Nikon is sharper than the Tamron (18-28 mm), but there are ranges where the case is opposed. Besides, I'm planning to cover that specific range with the Tokina 12-24mm in the short future. There were no reviews at all for the new Nikon 18-300 at that time, and is was not available at stores for testing, so I couldn't evaluate it.So I decided to spend slightly more than have of the price of the new version from Tamron and less than have of the cost of the Nikon's 18-200 and purchased the old Tamron.So bottom line, if you can live with the issue of not having a linear and smooth zoom barrel operation across the whole zoom range (not in video zooming), and you are not allergic to third party equipment, I think there is no better purchase possible in the super zoom lenses segment than this lens today, as price and US warranty period of seven (7) years are unbeatable.

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      5.0

      EXCELENT AND BEAUTIFUL LENS

      By GEORGE90

      from CALI, COLOMBIA

      About Me Photography Student

      Pros

      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

        excelent item condition, punctual and nothing problems with the packgage!!!!
        beautiful lens!!

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        3.0

        A bit disappointed

        By Susy

        from Los Angeles, California

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Great Range

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

        The quality of the pictures are great. The reach of the lens is just what I needed. The range from 18-270 is pretty amazing. The only downside is that when you use the flash the bigger lens blocks the flash light a bit and creates a shadow when you take the pictures, which is extremely annoying. If you have a nikon and you can afford it, I would suggest buying the Nikon brand lens instead, which would fit your Nikon camera.
        A bigger downside is that the lens slides down, so you have to put the lock on while you're not taking pictures, OR you have to constantly hold the lens with your hand in between pictures. If you are taking a down shot, you will not be able to adjust the distance because the lens will just slide all the way down.
        Finally, it has a hard time focusing.

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        5.0

        This product is amazing

        By Sophie Is Still A Student

        from Stowe Vermont

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

        I am a avid photographer but I am still in school and had to save up for this lens. It was worth every penny. I have only positive things to say about this lens. the macro is great, the product is easy to use and relatively durable.

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        4.0

        Good Purchase

        By GKGunner

        from Cincinnati, Ohio

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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              Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

              Purchased lens based on numerous reviews. Purchased from B&H because of the great price. The Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph Macro arrived on time with good packing and in great shape. Very pleased.

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              3.0

              Tamron 18-270mm

              By blingbaby

              from mitchell, sd

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

              This is a great all-around lens. I use it daily. Only thing I don't enjoy about it, is that it's very stiff when trying to manual focus. Its actually quite difficult.

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              5.0

              Amazing

              By Sophie C

              from Stowe, vt

              About Me Photography Student

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

                I am a budding photographer on a very limited budget and i got this as a all around lens. I absolutely adore it and can think of no criticism.

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                4.0

                Outstanding!

                By Tayindawind

                from Greensboro, NC

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

                  So far, I am extremely pleased with my new Tamron wide angle lens, but most of all the price is very economical for my limited budget. Thanks B & H for your excellent service as well.

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                  5.0

                  So far ,very good

                  By JayZoom

                  from Bellevue NE

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Lens Creep

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

                  well it does work very good ,mine its a refurbisehed one. time will tell if anything goes bad. B and H did a good job.

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                  5.0

                  Very practical compact lens

                  By box145

                  from Whidbey Island, WA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

                    Very practical compact lens. Clear optics, accurate focus. I travel a lot. This lens enables me not to carry around additional lenses but rather go light. Highly recommended for those of you who work "in field" and don't want to change lenses all the time.

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens

                    By Kokines

                    from South Korea

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

                    Perfect all in one lens. Takes a little bit of time to focus and has some resistance when twisting the lens to zoom. But no real issues or problems.

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                    5.0

                    Trustful companion in everyday adventure

                    By MusicLife

                    from White Rock, British Columbia, Canada

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

                      From the first minutes I've received the parcel (which, by the way, was meticulously packed: thank you, B&H!), I have been enjoying the power, response and precision of the lens.
                      It does, faithfully, everything I needed for my everyday's photo exploration. Some natural challenges, which this lens has in compatison with a way more pricey rivals, are, in fact add even more fun to use of the Tamron. Actually, I haven't even yet used it with the tripod, but playing with ISO-aperture-shutter numbers had already produced some very marvelous results.
                      What even more surprising to me, that on wide angle shooting it gave me even better, more proportional compositions, than the original Nikon 18-55 lens.
                      Once, there was a case, when I had a difficulty in switching from AF to MF. I had to turn the camera off and do a couple of tricks to make it to switch without me applying a force. Well, it happened only once yet, so, maybe it have been just an exclusive case: I really hope so!
                      But all in all - the lens behaves great! So does the Hoya UV filter, which I bought along with the Tamron lens.
                      Thank you again, B&H! I really apreciate your business!

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                      5.0

                      Louder and slower but a great value!!

                      By Agape Man

                      from Chicago Area

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable

                      Cons

                      • Lens Creep
                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

                      I was very hesitant on ordering this lens. I bit the bullet and am glad I did. Yes, it is bigger, heavier, slower and louder... but it is so much cheaper than the Nikon (which I own) and even the newer Tamron, it is well worth it! The pictures I've taken have backed up my decision. I'd recomend it!
                      I did have a few cases where it would not focus and I had to switch to manual. I think my Nikon would have got it. It was a tough spot but Nikon would have got it.
                      It has an awesome range and works well for a go to, do anything lens.

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                      4.0

                      Very nice for th price

                      By Flowers-Florida

                      from Melbourne, Florida

                      About Me Casual Photographer

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                            Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

                            I have only used this lens a few times but I'm very satisfied with it for the price. The zoom is excelent and picture quality for most users is great. This eliminates the need for me to carry two lenses and to have to stop and change them for one or two shots.

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                            5.0

                            Can't tell it from new

                            By Bowse

                            from Adrian, MI

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Poor in Low Light

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Asph. (IF) Macro Lens:

                            Love this lens, a friend lent me theirs and I couldn't go back to the stock one (18-55) B&H gives a great value and excellent service. This lens lets you reach out and get some great shots.

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