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Tamron18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony
 
4.3

(based on 44 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (32)
  • Lightweight (23)
  • Easily interchangeable (19)
  • Consistent output (18)
  • Durable (13)

Cons

  • Lens creep (10)
  • Heavy (5)
  • Poor in low light (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (30)
  • Wildlife photos (28)
  • Sports/action (17)
  • Low light (10)
  • Weddings (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (22), Casual photographer (10), Semi-pro photographer (6), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (35), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Tamron 18-270 Most Versatile Travel Lens

I owned the previous version of this lens and took it to Europe twice, always proving to be the most versatile and reliable travel lens. I own Sony Alpha cameras and the Tamron...Read complete review

I owned the previous version of this lens and took it to Europe twice, always proving to be the most versatile and reliable travel lens. I own Sony Alpha cameras and the Tamron 18-250 was nearly always my walk-around choice. After significant research I recently upgraded to the 18-270 and don't regret the choice. I realize it's not the sharpest at the long end, but it's reasonably sharp while zoomed out and in the middle. The focus is almost silent and the size is unbeatable. Great lens at a good price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Hi-pitch during AF and POOOR low light

This camera was bought for an all-purpose lens for my wife to use since she doesn't like messing with primes or even multiple zooms of different focal lengths. I had previously had the Canon...Read complete review

This camera was bought for an all-purpose lens for my wife to use since she doesn't like messing with primes or even multiple zooms of different focal lengths. I had previously had the Canon 18-200 when I shot the 60D and that lens was a very capable jack-of-all-trades.Since moving to Sony, I figured another superzoom would be in order for my wife to use. The Tamron is f/6.3 at 270 (compared to 5.6 at 200 for the Canon). But, I don't think that little bit of light loss could account for the results I am getting.When used in good lighting outdoors, the images are OK. Only OK, but usable. Nothing is usable indoors. Even with multiple powerful flash units, it is a lot of work to get a good exposure...work that my wife (who the lens if for) would never attempt. This is an all-in-one and is designed to simplify DSLR use for those who want it simple.Another thng is the autofocus sound: One of the major reasons we bought this was the reported silent AF during video using the SLTs. I was prepared for the clicking sound that I had heard on Youtube reviews. What I wasn't prepared for was a high-pitched friction-type sound as the focal length changes.Maybe this is just my copy and is a harbinger of a future breakdown, but I have to question quality control.The AF does work fairly well ecept in low light and the overall sound from the lens is less than for a typical screwdrive. However, if I had it to do over again, I would have either bought the Sony screwdrive version or the Sigma (even though heavier).In general, you sacrifice image quality and speed for these types of superzooms. But, for the price ([$]), I expected better AF and better performance in a well-lit indoor environement. I suspect that even though the aperture is similar to the canon (5.6 vs 6.3), the T-stop (actual light loss due to internal reflections) is MUCH greater.

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4.0

Great kit lens upgrade

By Marco Fisico

from Calgary, AB

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Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

This is a very versatile lens, it's great for just leaving on your camera; it can cover nearly every focal length you could desire (Except for ultra wide and super telephoto). I would recommend picking up this lens with a Sony body as a starter. Better than the Sony 18-250 in my opinion, and cheaper!No Zoom creep at all if you keep the lens at 18mm, making the zoom lock a bit pointless. Anything beyond that and the lens will tend to extend if pointed downwards. Build quality is decent. The lens body is textured plastic with a metal mount, which keeps the lens very lightweight. The lens is also very compact, a lot smaller than I expected.A plastic lens hood is included as well. My primes are the only lenses I own that are lighter. The 62mm filter size is the same as the Sony 18-250, I would recommend buying 77mm or larger filters and using step up rings. Sharpness is average for a lens in this price range. It is significantly impacted due to the sheer range of focal lengths it can cover, but it is a tradeoff considering the versatility. Stopping down improves sharpness but in the long end, I found myself in the f9 - f11 range, which is a bit slow. Bokeh is quite nice as well. A fair amount of barrel distortion and vignetting as well but this can be easily corrected in post processing.Autofocus is relatively fast, but a bit loud; so not the best for video. With manual focus I found the focus ring to be a bit loose, so it was hard to be accurate.No optical stabilization in the Sony version, I found the in body stabilization to be insufficient at longer focal lengths. At 270mm you'll want lots of light for a higher shutter speed.My favourite shots with this lens were macro shots of grass and bugs at around 240mm. With the long focal length and close focus distance, you can get DOF rivalling a f1.2.All in all this is a great kit lens upgrade, better than the Sony 18-250. However as your photography improves, you might want to look elsewhere for better sharpness and low light performance.

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4.0

Tamron 18-270mm Lens for Sony

By MIllerMc

from South Carolina

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Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Rugged

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

    I am planning on using this as my primary lens on my camera. I take most of my pics in the very early morning or late in the afternoon. So far it has been
    an ok lens. It does have some problems with focus in low light. Other than that have found nothing wrong with it.

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    5.0

    Nice lens for a travel camera setup

    By lilbloomer

    from Houston, TX

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

    I appreciate the zoom range on this lens for vacation and travel photography. It is wide enough for landscapes and city shots, but goes closer when needed for cropping or to capture more detail. It is heavier than I expected and actually weighed more than the camera it was mounted on which was a Sony Alpha A6000. I frequently shot from moving vehicles and the lens focused smoothly and quickly.

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    3.0

    Just OK

    By Pat

    from Chicago

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    Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

    this lens is a step up from the 18-55 kit, but not as sharp as advertised. I returned it and decided on the Sony 18-135. This was a much sharper lens.

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    5.0

    love it

    By Photodeb

    from Annapolis MD

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    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

      Purchased for my Sony a37 and WOW. Great walking around lense. Good price and a rebate that came within weeks.

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      5.0

      Great walking around lens.

      By ClydeC

      from Palmyra, NJ

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

        I have owned this lens for only a short time but in that time I have given it a good work out.
        I am primarily a wildlife photographer. Sometimes I go out to target a specific subject. Most of the time, however, I just grab my camera and go out and see what I can find. This lens is perfect for those times.
        My usual lens was a 75-300mm Sony and it is good but every now and then I will see a great landscape I want to shoot and I can't do it with out changing lenses. The 18-270 covers almost every situation I come across on my jaunts.
        I dislike changing lenses out side or even carrying an extra lens.
        I find the Tamron to be well constructed, compact and not too heavy for me. The image quality is good at all focal lengths with only slight fringing at 270mm. It is quiet and AF is pretty fast.
        It is on my camera now and most likely will stay there.

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        5.0

        Great service from B & H

        By Poppy

        from Atlanta ga.

        Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

        I searched the whole Atlanta area and was unable to find this lens any where. Ordered this on the Saturday before Christmas and it was delivered on the 24th. It was not a Christmas present but a lens that I needed for my trip to Rose Parada and Calif. Trip in January. The lens has performed very well and has allowed me to shoot without changing lens. Thus saving time and not missing shots. Again a great lens with outstanding service.

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        5.0

        Great walk around lens!

        By Mike

        from Leander Texas

        Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

        Get one!

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        5.0

        For things near or far

        By Frank

        from Tampa, Fl

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

          Of all the telephoto lenses I've owned, this one is at the top of the pack. I really liked the well defined image as well as the color balance and realistic , crisp results at any setting. This lens should be in the accessories bag of all photo enthusiasts.

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          5.0

          Works Great

          By SJ

          from Austin, TX

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

          I've used this lens to shoot fireworks, birds and the super moon. I was very pleased with the results. The motor is very quiet and did not disturb the birds even at a fairly close distance. I purchased this because I wanted something that would give me a broader range of options without constantly changing lens for close up and distance. I love taking photos of wildlife and landscapes. This lens will allow more variety in my photography when moving from the distant mountain tops to close up wildlife. It makes my camera slightly heavier than what I am used to but not more than I expected.

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          5.0

          the ideal lens

          By ringside

          from long island,ny

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

            the ideal lens for close up work,and semi long distance all in one package

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            5.0

            Great all round lens

            By Trish

            from Wisconsin

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

              I use this lens for everything. Cold be a bit longer but I get great pics from it.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The Workhorse.

              By Gaulois 55

              from Kaufman, TX

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

                Permanently on my SONY Alpha 77 when I don't need an other lens. The one who lets me take candids on the fly or take my time and compose every time I can. Auto focus is fast and quiet and manual is smooth and precise. No distortion or vignetting, and color rendition is excellent. A geat value.

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                4.0

                Tamron 18-270 Most Versatile Travel Lens

                By G-Man

                from Orange County, CA

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Not Sharpest At Long End

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

                I owned the previous version of this lens and took it to Europe twice, always proving to be the most versatile and reliable travel lens. I own Sony Alpha cameras and the Tamron 18-250 was nearly always my walk-around choice. After significant research I recently upgraded to the 18-270 and don't regret the choice. I realize it's not the sharpest at the long end, but it's reasonably sharp while zoomed out and in the middle. The focus is almost silent and the size is unbeatable. Great lens at a good price.

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                4.0

                Tamron Lens Good To Go

                By Rob

                from Ottawa, Canada

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

                  The Tamron 18-270mm works really well with my Sony A55. I find it an excellent lens for travelling. It is lightweight and the speed at 3.5 is very good for the price.

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                  5.0

                  Great lens!

                  By LT

                  from SW FL

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Lens Creep

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

                  I am new to the dslr world and very excited to jump from P&S. I really love this lens! This lens works perfect with my Sony A57. The clarity ,focus,distance I can zoom in are all perfect. For the money this is a outstanding lens.

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                  4.0

                  Good overall lens

                  By piney woods snapper

                  from Conroe Texas

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output

                  Cons

                  • Lens Creep

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

                  I like the lens as it gives both 18mm to 270mm with no lens change.

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                  5.0

                  Traveling Lite & Lean

                  By Easy Rider

                  from Bowling Green, OH

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • All Purpose Travel
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Night Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

                    I first tested this lens at a field workshop sponsored by the manufacture. I have in the past traveled with 2 camera bodies, one with an 18-55 mm lens and the other body with a 70-300 mm (my favorite nature lens). Other times I have traveled with just one body and both the 18-55 and the 70-300 lenses. This sometimes resulted in missing a shot during lens changing or potential compromise of the equipment in less than ideal conditions. At the workshop I was auditioning this 18-270 mm lens for an upcoming return to Vietnam. It proved itself capable of wide angle scenes, macro shots, and telephoto bird/animal shots. I use it with my Sony Alpha-37 and it worked perfectly with both the panoramic feature of the camera and also at the 7 fps shutter speed. It allows me to travel lite (often on my Harley) without compromising quality in the full range of the lens. I have now purchased this lens from B&H Photo and it is living up to my expectations. I prefer to travel lite with few complications but do demand performance in my equipment. I do not expect this lens to let me down in my back country Vietnam trip.

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                    4.0

                    Very Sharp Lens

                    By Bubbecohen

                    from The Jersey Shore

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Lens Creep
                    • Poor in Low Light
                    • Weak Casing

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

                    I am a very serious ameture photographer. The lens is VERY sharp and easy to use. My only draw back is that this lens has lens creep. However, the color is excellent and overall it's a good lens.

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                    4.0

                    Very nice... !

                    By Razdan

                    from Maryland

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Lens Creep

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Lens for Sony:

                    I bought this lens, a little more than a month ago. Since then, I have not traken this lens off my EOS 7D.
                    I like to do landscape/still life photography. And, so far, I have not found a situation where I had to take it off and put a different lens. Last week, I visited Luray Caverns in Virginia. And this lens did great in very low light conditions. At the same time, on our way back home, we stopped by the Skyline drive in Shanandoah Nat'l Park, and I was able to take some nice shots with this lens, at high altitude. Great thing about this lens is that it shows some really nice crisp results, even in low light. It has nice feel to it. Not so great things are that in Autofocus mode, it whines a bit, and a couple of times, I had to switch to manual focus mode. It could not find a spot to focus on in Auto focus mode.

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