Lens review

Tamron AF 18-270 mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Asph. (IF) MACRO

Tamron AF 18-270 mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Asph. (IF) MACRO
23 June 2010
Arkadiusz Olech

1. Introduction

Originally posted 2008-12-17 on Optyczne.pl

The number of megapixels and zoom ratio influence the most people who, knowing nothing about photography, plan to buy a camera or a lens. Small wonder these two factors are the subject of a ceaseless race, carried to the point of absurdity, like in the case of point-and-shoot cameras. We have models with more than a dozen million of pixels, packed on a sensor the size of your fingernail. On the other hand, the same compact cameras are able to offer a lens with the focal lengths range giving a zoom ratio as big as 20x.

In the case of DSLR cameras these races also sometimes make our life a misery but luckily not to such degree. Not so long ago we got all excited because of the launch of 18-200 mm lenses, then the time has come for 18-250 mm devices and now the new Tamron supersedes them all because it features the range of 18-270 mm so 15x zoom. On a small APS-C sensor, for which it was designed, it constitutes an equivalent of a range of 27-405 mm on full frame.

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What’s interesting, the opinions of its users tend to suggest that the Tamron 18-270 mm fares really well for an instrument with such a focal range, as additionally it is supported by a very efficient image stabilization. Is it really the case? Courtesy of the Fototechnika company we were able to borrow that lens and put it through our testing procedures to find out.

Information about our review method can be read in our article “How do we test lenses?"

Tamron AF 18-270 mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Asph. (IF) MACRO - Introduction

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