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TamronAF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens for Canon
 
4.4

(based on 367 reviews)

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    (118)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

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    (7)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (199)
  • Compact (187)
  • Improves picture quality (97)
  • Lightweight (74)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (66)

Cons

  • Lens creep (19)
  • Poor in low light (17)
  • Slow focus (14)
  • Poor clarity (13)
  • No increase in performance (11)

Best Uses

  • Shooting outdoors (170)
  • Shooting indoors (85)
  • Landscape/scenery (83)
  • Wildlife photos (57)
  • Close up filming (53)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (83), Photo enthusiast (63), Parent (52), Casual photographer (35), Technically challenged (23)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (308), Yes (31)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Can't Expect More!

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

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

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

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

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

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good lens for the money HOWEVER

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

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

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5.0

Third time to purchase a Tamron AF18-270mm Lens

By Cindy Mc

from Portland Oregon

Verified Buyer

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

This is my third time to buy this lens because I like it so much that I have given the other two to friends... It is a very versatile lens to walk around with.. Nice close ups and also good for distance...

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1.0

I had to return this 2 Times

By Ricardo

from New Haven Connecticut

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

I was really disappointed with Tamron and this Lens. I have Tamron's 28-300mm EF lens and it works perfectly. So I expected the same kind of quality from Tamron for this lens Tamron 18-270 for use on my travel friendly Canon Rebel SL1. When focusing and looking thru the optical viewfinder, the image shakes before it focuses. That was so strange, so I thought it was my camera. So I tested my SL1 using the Canon 70-300mm and the Canon 18-55 and both of them did not show the same shaking of image when focusing. So I returned the Tamron lens, and requested for a replacement . The new replacement arrived and again, the image would shake just before it locks focus. And when the focusing is locked, the location of my focus point has moved on the screen. So I was forced to return the 2nd lens I received. That is a bit shocking to know Tamron doesn't control the quality of their products. I am nervous now to ever order another Tamron product . I am so thankful to B&h for the great service- very fast response and great customer service

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5.0

Great lens for someone that needs versatility

By shreddywood

from santa barbara ca

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this lens as a Birthday gift for my daughter to use for all the sporting events my grandkids are in, This lens is light weight, compacted, easy to carry .

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(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tamron af 18-270

By Pellis1

from Texarkana

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

Excellant lens does the job for me

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3.0

loosed rubber grip in zoom ring..

By Stephen

from Mindanao, Philippines

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

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

The product is good specially when travelling. No need to change lenses. Image quality is good. lens creeping is inevitable, just secure the lock when not in use. But after 2 years, rubber grip in zoom ring loosens, may be due to moisture and rubber wear. Still a good lens.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Tamro 18-270mm

By qorp38

from Califoria

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Only One Lens Needed

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    Think that I will enjoy using this lens. It is so frustrating when you don't have a long enough lens to capture a subject such as a bird or squirrel or other wildlife that is too far away. As an amateur photographer, the price was right, too!

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    • No

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    5.0

    I wish I had bought this lens sooner!

    By Mom the photographer

    from El Campo, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I absolutely love this lens! I purchased it so that I don't have to keep changing lenses from my 18-55 to my zoom lens, as this one has it all in one! It is perfect for my Friday night games watching and snapping pics of my son! Love this lens and you will too!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Good product

        By Ari

        from Tenafly NJ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Lens Creep

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action

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

        I like the range 18-270. Good quality pictures

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        • No

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        5.0

        great travel lens!

        By nurse Maria

        from connecticut

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Convenient
        • Durable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Can Be Slow To Focus
        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

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

          I purchased this product for use when traveling and that is how I have used it. It eliminates the need to change lens' and to carry more than one lens. THe trip before this past one, I had two lens' and was very clumsily changing them as I tried to get pictures with both....this trip, one lens did it all.
          Does take seconds longer to focus but... is worth it.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Clear pictures and easy to use

          By Cindy

          from Irwin,PA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I have taken about 100 pictures with this lens and am very happy with it. The ability to take both wide angle pictures and zoom pictures with one lens makes it very versatile for when you can only carry one lens.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Average lens

            By TonyTaz

            from Annapolis, Md

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Rugged

            Cons

            • Blurry Focus

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action

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

            Average lens with minimal adjustment. I purchased strictly for convenience of carrying one lens versus two on trips. Works well for what I do.....amateur photography.

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            • No

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            4.0

            I would buy this product again

            By MTphoto

            from Miami, FL

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            I bought this lens for when I don't want to carry the other ones. I like it

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Value On Sale

            By xfiredude

            from Redlands, Ca

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              Great Walk-Around Lens

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Perfect Single Lens Solution

              By Supergolfdude

              from Cleveland, OH

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light
              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Family Gatherings
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              I bought this lens for many occasions when I don't want to carry a bag full of accessories, and just sling my camera with one lens. I found that this happens frequently, so I needed a versatile lens.

              While I did find a little chromatic aberration at the ends, I was able to fix them in Lightroom anyway, so I can live with that. The other slight negative was the slow autofocus, but I'm not using it to shoot sports anyway.

              I was very happily surprised at the detail I got on the higher-end zooms.

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              • No

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome everyday travel lens

              By ShermN8r

              from Linthicum Hts, MD

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Lens Creep
              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

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

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

              I had this lens approximately 1.5 years now. I am satisfied, for the money you cannot go wrong. Tamron quality and durability. Primarily used for my everyday walk around lens, travel, portraits, wildlife, and macro. Does creep so be sure to employ the lock switch when walking. Auto focus somewhat slow but workable. Works well in moderately low light. Overall, I am very satisfied, recommended to a couple of colleagues of whom are also satisfied with it.

              Recommended buy!

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              5.0

              If you want just one lens-this is it!

              By Tennessee Mike

              from Gatlinburg, TN

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                It does what it says it will do and more. I wanted just one lens rather than change and carry multiple lens, and so far, this one does the trick!

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                • No

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                (5 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Tamron 18-270 f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF Lens (Canon)Abysmal!

                By RRixby Consumer Advocates

                from San Diego

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Disposable Recyclable

                Cons

                • Blurry Focus
                • Brittle Plastic Construct
                • Cheap Construction
                • Lens Creep
                • Poor in Low Light
                • Slow Focus
                • Unrepairable
                • Weak Casing

                Best Uses

                • none
                • Obtaining Oof Photos
                • Obtaining Soft Photos

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

                Cheap...Abysmal!!! Used lightly for two years and kept out of heat, cold and moisture (I live in San Diego coast with a year average of 64F) and in a humidity controlled safe - zoom started to bind, then froze, breaking an integral post from within. With over 30 years mechanical, engineering and electronic experience, I disassembled. I was able to repair the barrel post, but zoom still stiff at end limits. Cannot improve this, since it's due to wear on cheap plastic moving parts. During reassembly, AF switch broke molded pins no wider than 5 human hairs rendering that useless. Observations of design and construction of Tamron lenses based on this cheaply constructed lens? It's built as if disposable. Brittle, poor quality materials. Will wear out after 5-10,000 exposures or less than 2 years use. More concerning: The lenses yield soft results (read the reviews). It's a few hundred bucks better spent toward nice heavy "L" lens. Don't waste your time or money being frustrated.

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                5.0

                Great all-purpose lens

                By Sam

                from Albuquerque, NM

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

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

                I bought this Tamron after researching a number of zomm lenses. I was getting tired of lugging around 3 -4 lenses and wanted to consolidate before taking a few trips aroudn New mexcio and Arizona. I've only had it a couple weeks but, so far, I'm very pleased. Very versatile and quiet. Until I take these trips I don't feel ready to comment on any specifics. This lens and my 100mm macro lens will be all I'll be taking with me.

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                • Yes

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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                This lens is SUPERB and EXCELENT.

                By Ernie

                from Los Angeles, Ca.

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  This lens is just fantastic. I recently travelled in the Philippines and the pictures/photos were just beautiful, no complaints. I took about three(3)thousand pictures and almost all the pictures were perfect.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Good zoom, trouble with autofocus

                  By BPM

                  from NJ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

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

                    Maybe because I'm still learning my Canon Rebel T5i, but needed to turn off autofocus instantly otherwise the lens is constantly running trying to focus. I'm no professional, but like the wide angle and telephoto ability build into one lens. Seemingly slow at focusing in low light, but once you know about it, can be worked around.

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                    • No

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