Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD review: Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD

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Typical Price: $849.00

Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD

(Part #: CNETTamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD)
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Compact design. 15x equivalent. Lightweight for an all-in-one lens.

The Bad Fringing and chromatic aberrations quite visible on images. Loud autofocus, even louder image stabilisation system.

The Bottom Line The Tamron 18-270mm offers good value for money, considering it covers such a wide range of focal lengths in one lens.

7.5 Overall

This compact 18-270mm lens from Tamron offers a 15x equivalent zoom reach, ideal for use as an all-in-one lens. Don't fancy changing lenses constantly when travelling? This could be for you.

Design and features

Differentiating itself from previous Tamron lenses such as the existing 18-270mm, this lens uses the Piezo Drive motor for quick autofocusing performance. The lens has a lock on the barrel to help prevent lens creep (which does happen with this model if it's not locked in place) as well as a flower lens hood provided in the box. There's a pinch-to-remove lens cap and the filter thread is 62mm.

Tamron 18-270mm

A visual demonstration of the focal length extremes on the 18-270mm. 100 per cent crops inset.
(Credit: CBSi)

Along with the standard AF/MF and image stabilisation switches on the lens barrel, the zoom ring is coated in a ridged plastic, so too is the focus ring at the front. On our test camera, the Canon EOS 600D , the lens balanced well on the body, with a very similar feel to the 18-135mm lens from Canon that is a kit option on the 600D. This lens is designed for crop sensor cameras such as the 600D and comes in Nikon, Canon and Sony mounts.

Canon 18-135 vs Tamron 18-270

A comparison showing how compact the Tamron lens is compared to a Canon 18-135mm lens.
(Credit: CBSi)

Performance and image quality

Like any wide-angle to telephoto zoom this lens does display some barrel distortion at its widest end, evening out through the mid-range focal length.

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