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

(based on 37 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (29)
  • Lightweight (22)
  • Consistent output (17)
  • Easily interchangeable (15)
  • Durable (11)

Cons

  • Lens creep (10)
  • Heavy (4)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (25)
  • Wildlife photos (24)
  • Sports/action (15)
  • Low light (10)
  • Weddings (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (17), Casual photographer (10), Semi-pro photographer (6), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (30), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very nice... !

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. ...Read complete review

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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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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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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        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

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          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

            Verified Buyer

            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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              • Yes

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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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              • No

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              5.0

              I have this lens and bought the 2nd one

              By Lynn casual photographer

              from Katy, TX

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                This is a great lens. No more having to change out lenses to get the distance I want!

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Great Lens!

                By JD

                from Cicero, IL

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Lens Creep

                Best Uses

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

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

                Since purchasing this lens it is the one I use the most. I love being able to cover almost any range I need and not have to change lenses in dusty or rainy situations. The focusing is fast and accurate and best of all quiet, which is good for nature pics. The only issue is the zoom creep which can be annoying at times. I wish you could lock the lens at any time and not just in the 18mm position. Otherwise an awesome lens to own!

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                4.0

                Fantastic Lens!

                By Cheski

                from Olympia

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  I absolutely love this lens! Light weight, sharp pictures, and the zoom range is excellent. I am extremely satisfied with the lens I would highly recommend it.

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                  3.0

                  Lens creep is extreme

                  By WantaBphotog

                  from Hawaii

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Lens Creep

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  Nice lens. Have only used it a little and have some great photos.
                  Did some tests with my Canon EOS Rebel XSi and my new Canon EOS 60D with it and my older Canon lens and was happy with the results.
                  What I did not expect was I can not point the lens down without the zoom falling out to about 200 mm. It is OK at 18 mm but but once I zoom out to about 20-25 mm it just falls out to about 200 mm. In other words I can not take photos using zoom setting of from 20-200 mm without holding the zoom ring when I point the lens down. Not what I expected for the price.

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                  4.0

                  Rarely off the camera!

                  By Geren W. Mortensen, Jr.

                  from Westminster, MD

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Lens Creep

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday photography
                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  Once again, rarely off the camera. I owned the first version of the 18-270 on my Canons, and bought the new PZD version as soon as I could after switching to Sony.

                  Out of the box, the zoom was a little stiff, and the autofocus made some unusual noises. However, after a couple of hours, the zoom smoothed out (even better than the original) and the lens is nearly silent when focusing.

                  Focus is fast, and considering the range of focal lengths, amazingly sharp. I'm not sure if it's sharper than the non-PZD version, but it is at least as good.

                  Note that when using with a polarizing filter, some hunting will probably occur at longer focal lengths, as a polarizer will rob you of up to two stops of light.

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                  4.0

                  Quiet and Powerful

                  By theramblingark

                  from california

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  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 am an amateur photographer and wanted a lens with great capability for an upcoming trip. This has been great to use thus far. The focus range is perfect, the image quality is great, and it is quiet upon autofocus! Too cool...

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                    4.0

                    One lens to rule them al(most)

                    By TimSed

                    from Seattle, WA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      Imagine never having to switch lenses - I did! My dreams (mostly) came true with the Tamron 18-270 Di II. The lens itself is nice and compact and provides good response in auto focus (with my Sony SLT-A65). It allows for great portraits and good (medium to long distance) sport photography.
                      One of the things I like is the quiet PZD drive which makes the HD movie mode on my Sony SLT much more acceptable (no post audio editing).
                      The one complaint (which I knew and accepted before I bought the lens) was the locking of the lens extension. You see with such a small body and long zoom in one package, the lens extension makes for a long barrel (which is fine) - it's just if you forget to click the lock lever, the lens will extend itself to full length quietly and simply. It really is a petty complaint - but I wanted to give you full disclosure of the one (understandable) negative

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