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MAIN FEATURES

World's first and greatest zoom ratio of 15X, covering 28-419mm 35mm-equivalent angle of view

Going back to the basic concept of "one lens covering everything from wide angle to telephoto," engineers at Tamron took up the difficult task of expanding the zoom range of Tamron's high power zoom lenses even further. Their unstinting efforts to extend the telephoto end beyond previous limits while retaining the wide-angle end at 18mm has borne fruit as an ultra high power zoom lens that is exclusively designed for DSLR cameras and boasts the greatest zoom range of 15X for the first time in the world.

Tamron's original VC mechanism for effective shake-free hand-held photography

Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism was built in the AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC (Model A20) for the first time. It demonstrated its powerful compensation effect employing a tri-axial system that is designed to let three coils drive a compensator lens electromagnetically via three steel balls. Since the compensator lens is supported on rolling steel balls with very low friction, follow-up performance is also enhanced, resulting in stabilized viewfinder images. Since the mechanism is designed to allow parallel shifting of the compensator lens solely by means of electrical control, the mechanical construction is simpler and more compact, so the lens can be kept as small and light as possible.

Designing a high power, compact zoom lens with VC mechanism: Optical design optimization meets optimum power distribution

In developing the long-range zoom lens, Tamron?s optical designers pursued the optimum distribution of power within the overall optical system based on the optical design know-how Tamron accumulated over 16 years since the introduction of the first compact AF28-200mm in 1992. The resulting optical system uses two LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements and three aspherical elements in order to effectively compensate for various aberrations including astigmatism, yet this design allows the first optical group to be small enough in diameter to realize the overall goal of a compact lens that incorporates a handheld-shake compensation mechanism.

Note: In order to realize the high zoom ratio of 15X, the optical system does not use any XR (extra dispersion glass) element. Instead, compactness is achieved through optimization of the power distribution within the whole optical system.

Minimum focusing distance of 19.3" over the entire zoom range for the max. mag. ratio of 1:3.5

The AF18-270mm Di II VC allows close focusing down to 0.49m (19.3 inches) from the subject over the entire zoom range even though it incorporates the VC mechanism. The maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.5* at its 270mm telephoto end is the top class capability among high power zoom lenses exclusively designed for digital SLR cameras.

*A format covered by an APS-C sized image sensor is smaller than that of 35mm format film. Therefore, this lens is capable of filling the frame by capturing an area that is almost the same as an area covered by a lens designed for the 35mm format and providing the maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.3.

Optical system optimized for digital SLR cameras by taking incident rays of light reaching the image sensor into consideration

In order to effectively compensate for changes in aberrations due to zooming, the zoom lens employs an innovative optical system that is designed to converge the angles of rays of light entering from the center to the periphery of the lens. The light rays thus reach the image sensor within a defined circle that assures high imaging performance and reduces light falloff.

High resolution performance

As a lens exclusively designed for digital SLR cameras, this zoom lens delivers high resolution and contrast performance for outstanding image quality with sufficient flatness of the field under an extremely wide range of photographic conditions.

Thorough countermeasures, including advanced internal surface coatings, prevent ghosting and flare

Tamron employs multi-layer coatings in order to reduce reflections on lens surfaces as well as internal surface coatings (coatings on the cemented surfaces of lens elements) in order to minimize reflections from the sensor itself within the mirror box, a problem inherent to all digital SLR cameras.

The world's first and greatest zoom power of 15X plus built-in VC mechanism achieved along with a remarkably slim maximum diameter of less than 80mm

Designing a lens with the world?s first and greatest zoom ratio of 15X inevitably entailed a larger travel distance of the components within the optical systems, but Tamron has successfully accommodated the optical system as well as the special VC mechanism in a remarkably compact and slim package by employing mechanical design technology accumulated over many years. The result: A slim design measuring less than 80mm in diameter despite the fact that it is an ultra high power zoom lens that incorporates a VC mechanism. Production engineering this unique zoom lens meant incorporating complex optical/mechanical components, and Tamron's engineers had to employ innovative manufacturing techniques including methods of further enhancing accuracy, reducing weight, and increasing the strength of many components.

Note: In order to achieve the world?s first and greatest zoom ratio of 15X, metal mounts are used in both Canon- and Nikon-mount lenses.

Zoom lock mechanism for convenience in carrying the outfit

The lens has a built-in zoom lock mechanism to prevent its barrel from sliding forward when the lens is being carried on the camera.

Flower-shaped lens hood as a standard accessory

The lens is supplied with a flower-shaped lens hood as a standard accessory. It is designed to efficiently cut harmful light entering at angles other than intended angles at all four corners of the frame. This ensures clear, flare-free images.

New outer design matches the newest generation high power zoom lens in the digital era

  • The lens employs a new outer design that is more refined and smoother in its overall contours by minimizing concavity, convexity, and variations in profile in order to match the latest digital SLR cameras.
  • A gold-colored metal ring is placed at a key portion of the lens as used in other Di II lenses. The "TAMRON" logo placed in the center portion of the lens enhances visibility of the brand while refining the overall design.
  • Delicate matte finish is added to the black painting over the lens barrel in order to enhance the high quality appearance of the lens.
  • The textured rubber pattern of the zoom and focus control rings has been improved again to a more pronounced, easy to grasp design than the conventional rubber pattern, for better feel and touch in manipulating the lens.

Specifications

  • Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO (Model B003)
  • Focal Length:  18-270mm
  • Maximum Aperture:  F/3.5-6.3
  • Minimum Aperture:  F/22
  • Angle Of View:  75 degrees 33' -  5 degrees 55' (equivalent angles of view when converted to 35mm)
  • Lens Construction:  18 elements / 13 groups
  • MFD (Minimum Focus Distance):  0.49m (19.3") (entire zoom range)
  • Diaphragm Blades:  7
  • Filter Size:  72mm
  • Overall Length: 101.0mm/3.8"
  • Maximum Diameter:  79.6mm
  • Weight:  19.4 oz. (550g)
  • Max. Mag. Ratio:  1:3.5 (at f=270mm, MFD 0.49m)
  • Standard Accessory:  Flower-Shaped lens hood

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5 out of 5 stars   I''ll be back
By garrett (charlestown MA) April 02, 2014
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Pros: I cannot say anything bad about the lense, the cost, the shipping. everything is wonderful
Cons: none
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4 out of 5 stars   Tamron lens
February 24, 2014
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Pros: convenient to use, compact saves multiple lenses. Easy to use
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4 out of 5 stars   great lens, nice range for action shots
By J (louisville ohio) January 11, 2014
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Pros: Rugged, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Cons: Poor in Low Light
Other Comments: I bought this lens to make it easier for the wife to get pics at our kids sporting events, I do not know the outcome of indoor shots yet,i was drawn in by the 18/270 range, I have several lenses that cover these ranges but decided to get the all inclusive and see what happens, my wife loves the idea that one lens covers the whole indoor volleyball situation without changing lenses, so far at the house all pics have been very good, tough to compare to a 135mm f2.0 lens which is fantastic for portrait shots from a short distance, I can not afford the telephoto lens with f2.0/2.8 ranges, I hope this lens will be acceptable for us...... very nice lens for all around digital pics for the want to be photographer, as myself, you can certainly brag about shots taken from this lens, I use a canon digital rebel xt. Nice combo!!!!
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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2 out of 5 stars   Was a great lense for a short while.
By Taco (Lawton, Oklahoma) December 02, 2013
Review submitted for Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DI II VC LD Aspherical Canon DSLR With 6-Year USA Warranty (TM18270VCEOS)
Pros: Easily Interchangeable
Cons: Slow Focus, Heavy, Hard Zoom, Blurry Focus, 30 Day Use Zoom Stuck
Other Comments: From the box the zoom was hard to adjust. within the next 30 days had focus and zooming problems. Finally zoom got stuck at about 120 mm. Returned to the shop they played a bit to unstick and froze again. had grinding noise and loose pars inside. Manufactured did not warrant the lens they said I dropped the lense, I said they were wrong. They won. Cost me over 200 Dls to repair.
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5 out of 5 stars   Great product
By Pa Pa (Dallas, TX) November 02, 2013
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Pros: Durable, Rugged, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Consistent Output, Strong Construction
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Other Comments: I use the lens for all around shooting, Grand kids sports, family photos, scenic shots, etc. The zoom range 18 - 270 works great making it one lens for almost all shots.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   "Just a great multi-application lens"
By Wing Nut (Lakeland, FL) October 27, 2013
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Pros: Replace Need For 2 Lens, Single Lens Capability
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Other Comments: I do bird photography. This lens has made my 300mm lens obsolete. When I travel, I used to take the 300mm and an 18-55mm, which I would interchange as required. Once I dropped my 18-55mm in the Grand Canal in Venice. Now I can used one lens with interchanges. Yippe!!!
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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2 out of 5 stars   Will NOT work correctly with Canon 5D II
By Michael the critic (Las Vegas, NV) September 21, 2013
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Pros: Lightweight
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Other Comments: This will not work with a Canon 5D II. With a full frame camera like this (full 35mm sensor), you get a tunnel effect with the lens. So your photos will be round. You would think they would let you know that type of thing. If you have one of the Canon styles that does not have a full frame sensor, this would perhaps be a good lens.
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5 out of 5 stars   i would buy this product again and again
By lae (federal way ,wa) May 22, 2013
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Pros: Lightweight, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Easily Interchangeable, Consistent Output
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Other Comments: things that are great about it
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Promising but final review is still out.
By Chuck576 (Las Vegas, nv) April 30, 2013
Review submitted for Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DI II VC LD Aspherical for Nikon With 6-Year USA Warranty (TM18270VCNA)
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Pros: Lightweight, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Consistent Output
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Other Comments: I bought this product as I do a lot of travel photography and wanted wide angle capability and telephoto capability without the hassle of changing lenses. Heading to Turkey in May and looking forward to trying this versatile lens out.
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5 out of 5 stars   Don't leave home without it
By Arnie (Rochester, NY) April 18, 2013
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Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus
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Other Comments: This is the best lens I have ever owned.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Tamron 18-270 mm lens
By RWR (San Antonio, TX) April 13, 2013
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Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction, Rugged, Easily Interchangeable
Cons: Slightly Hard To Zoom
Other Comments: The lens is easy to attach, takes very fine pictures. The only problem is it is a little difficult to to zoom the lens. It feels somewhat too tight. Overall, it is a very good lens.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Top Of The Line Lens
By Scotty the camera man (Quincy, IL) October 09, 2011
Review submitted for Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DI II VC LD Aspherical Canon DSLR With 6-Year USA Warranty (TM18270VCEOS)
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Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Cons: Heavy
Other Comments: Very happy and satisfied with this lens.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Buyer beware - must be home during day
By Charlie the guy who works during the day (Washington, D.C.) September 12, 2011
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Other Comments: love the lens so far - don't buy the kit lens, buy this one!
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   A quite nice piece
By daili (Gainesville, Florida) August 12, 2011
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Other Comments: it's great to have one lens for all purpose uses and no need to switch lenses in a trip. A little bit "sticky" at first and I guess it will take a while to get it 'smooth' out. a little bit blurry sometime, but most of the time it works just fine. love it for occasional use.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Great Flexibility but lacks some
By rvmd (columbia MD) August 05, 2011
Review submitted for Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DI II VC LD Aspherical for Nikon With 6-Year USA Warranty (TM18270VCNA)
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Pros: Great flexibility
Cons: Lens creeps, Blurry Focus, Heavy
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I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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1 out of 5 stars   Not a good lens
By Phantomeye (North Bergen NJ) July 18, 2011
Review submitted for Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DI II VC LD Aspherical for Nikon With 6-Year USA Warranty (TM18270VCNA)
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight
Cons: Blurry Focus, Slow Focus
Other Comments: Was recommended this product by the BuyDig rep when i bought the d7000. The lens out of the box felt light and clicked on easily. After that the issues started creeping up: 1) The focus is very slow, noisy and has a hard time keeping up with the d7000's 36 points of focus 2) Zooming out from 18 - 300 is smooth, but coming back to 18 or trying to make small zoom adjustments, requires super strength. 3) More than 60% of my images were blurry and had a odd hue to them when operated in full auto mode. 4) Overall this was a very poor choice for the d7000, the Tamaron 17-50 f2.8 is a much better match for the d7000.
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4 out of 5 stars   Excellent Product!
By George (Bradenton,Florida) July 10, 2011
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Pros: Only Lens you need
Cons: Heavy, Slow Focus
Other Comments: Great lens one lens fits all, no need to change lens.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   A lot of Bang for the Buck
By Kenny (Florida) May 27, 2011
Review submitted for Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DI II VC LD Aspherical for Nikon With 6-Year USA Warranty (TM18270VCNA)
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Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Excellent sability, Strong Construction, Lightweight, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Consistent Output
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Other Comments: Great product and a generous rebate on this lens. The piazo motor drive was considered; but the rebate helped me to decide on the lens purchased Eliminated three lenses normally carried during travel shoots. Helps keeping weight down in airline travel.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   More Than I Expected at this Price Point
By Fly'n Fish (Atlantic Beach, Florida) May 19, 2011
Review submitted for Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DI II VC LD Aspherical Canon DSLR With 6-Year USA Warranty (TM18270VCEOS)
Pros: Razor Sharp focus, Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Impressive macro images, Durable, Strong Construction, Easily Interchangeable, Super for nature images
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Other Comments: This lens far exceeds my expectations in terms of performance and price. I cant imagine a major camera brand NK or CN, to deliver finer images. I've tested this lens with over 300 exposures and had not one fault to report other than my own. The resolution, contrast, and mechanical operations are supberb.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Great lens at a great price
By Kiterwv (Hagerstown, MD) March 17, 2011
Review submitted for Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DI II VC LD Aspherical for Nikon With 6-Year USA Warranty (TM18270VCNA)
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Pros: Strong Construction, Consistent Output, Rugged, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight
Cons: NONE
Other Comments: Have only used the lens a few times but am greatly impressed. Love the feel of the lens. It is light weight and flexible. I am a casual landscape photographer who doesn't like to carry a lot of equipment. This fits the bill.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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