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The Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD lens is a 15x zoom lens that features Tamron's unique Piezo Drive ultrasonic motor for silent, precise and extraordinarily fast autofocus. The 15x zoom offers focal lengths from 18mm at the wide-angle end up to a telephoto 270mm (29-432mm in 35mm equivalent) making it an ideal, all purpose lens. Despite its impressive performance, the Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD lens is both lightweight and compact, making it a great choice for travel photography. In addition to the Piezo Drive ultrasonic motor this Tamron lens features a Vibration Control mechanism to help keep images steady and blur free, even at maximum zoom. More
July 2011 - "So is it the perfect travel lens? It certain crams in all you’d normally need – with some icing on top as it has more than excellent reach – 300mm equivalent used to be ‘long’ so the 405mm the Tamron offers is a very useful bonus. Find out more about the Tamron 18-270mm Lens here...
PZD (PIEZO Drive)
Ultrasonic motors are divided into two categories depending on how the energy that moves the drive is generated: travelling wave motors and standing wave motors. The 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD employs a newer technology, the PZD (PIEZO Drive), which functions according to the standing wave principle.
A standing wave ultrasonic motor utilizes high-frequency voltage to extend and turn the piezoelectric (piezoceramic) element, thus moving the entire element in a standing wave movement. The metal tip is the contact point of the element to the rotor, and moves in an elliptic motion from the swivelling motion of the moving element. The friction from this motion subsequently turns the rotor. Standing wave ultrasonic motors have the distinct advantage of being faster, quieter and more precise and compact than their travelling wave counterparts.
VC (Vibration Compensation)
Tamron’s VC mechanism employs a three-coil system, whereby three driving coils activate the shake-compensating VC lens group electromagnetically via three steel balls. The VC lens element is simply held in place by contact with the steel balls, resulting in smooth movement with little friction. This delivers a stable viewfinder image with excellent tracking performance and eliminates the blur from handheld shots for cleaner, crisper shots.
New VC mechanism (moving coil method)
Tamron’s original VC image stabilization mechanism utilizes a moving magnet system with heavy magnets. In the new VC unit the positions of
the magnets and the coils are reversed, consequently the VC optical lens element is attached to the coil. The new VC mechanism employs a moving coil mechanism with lightweight coils, which reduces the load on the drive system. The lighter, more compact newly improved VC unit contributes to the lens’s overall lightweight and compact size.
Lenses are designed for exclusive use on digital cameras with smaller-size imagers (also known as APS-C sensors). These lenses are not designed for conventional cameras and digital cameras with image sensors larger than 24mm x 16mm.
Video: Tamron 18-270mm - A quick guide
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
By Piccy Taker
About Me Casual user
Comments about Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD - Nikon Fit:
Good all round lens. Image quality only starts to reduce at close to max zoom......But this is acceptable given the range offered by a single piece of kit
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Not too bad for the price...
from Colchester, UK.
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
A very compact, wide-range zoom for use as a 'one-size-fits-all' lens. No need to waste time changing lenses when this one has such a good zoom range!Ideal for situations where a quick reaction is needed to 'snap' action scenes (sports, air displays, racing etc.). This lens is well worth a try for starters and casual users.I found the focus a little uncertain at times, often 'hunting' for the right setting and giving the odd soft image during a sequence of shots.Images were average, with some softening of fine detail and a few 'flares' when shooting scenery in bright sunlight. Focus did not seem to be 100% sharp, when compared to something like the Nikon 28-300mm lens (which I upgraded to recently) - which is superb!In conclusion, it is small, light and good for the price, a useful lens but image quality could be better.
Great product at the right price
About Me Casual user, Getting started
Wanted a decent zoom lens for when we travel. This seems to do a great job although I haven't used it much. Quick auto focus. Not that much bigger than the Nikon 18-55 lens.
I would recommend this product
I use it for my hobby
By Blue Ed
from St Ives Cornwall
Very good lens.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Ideal for travelling
from South West
Well made compact telephoto lens
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Much greater than I expected
I bought this for my wife, who's not great at swapping lenses and likes taking candid shots. I imagined that the quality would be compromised by the zoom range and limited apeture. Decided to try it myself one day when she was at work, and honestly amazed by the results! Quick to focus, quiet and pinpoint sharp. Fantastic colour rendition as well. Difficult to imagine better value for money.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Great Product, more Flexibility
This is a fantastic lense for the money, i have taken lots of portrait, action and landscape pictures with this lense all pictures are excellant quality, I now have very little use for my other 3 lenses as this is a great all rounder
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent product. Ideal travel lens.
Used on a Nikon D3100, it produces very good quality images from a relatively low cost lens.Ideal for travelling or days out without having to keep changing lenses.With this lens, the camera is always ready to capture any shot.
(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Tamron 18 - 270 mm lens
I needed a lens that I could use when travelling on holiday. The 18-270mm means that I do not have to carry a spare lens and be caught with the wrong lens when I am on holiday. Nothing worse than having to change a lens in a rainforest!
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