AP was the first UK outlet to get hands-on with Tamron’s new superzoom, which covers an astonishing zoom range and benefits from a light and compact form factor. Michael Topham tests the first working sample

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Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

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Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD – UK Exclusive Review

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Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD review: Autofocus

The latest generation of Tamron lenses have come on a long way in terms of their autofocus performance. Though the High/Low torque-modulated Drive (HLD) isn’t wholly silent and does make low frequency whirring noises when focusing between near and far subjects, you’ll be hard pushed to trace it in movie footage unless you’re working in quiet surroundings with virtually no ambient sound.

Tamron 18-400mm fully extended

A view of the lens fully extended to 400mm. It’s equivalent to a 27-600mm zoom in 35mm terms.

The lens locks onto static subjects hastily at wide focal lengths where focus distance shifts tend to be small and it demonstrated that it’s reasonably snappy at acquiring focus at longer focal lengths in combination with the Nikon D5600 we tested it with.

  1. 1. Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD review: Introduction
  2. 2. Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD review: Features
  3. 3. Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD review: Build & Handling
  4. 4. Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD review: Autofocus
  5. 5. Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD review: Image Quality
  6. 6. Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD review: Resolution, shading and curvilinear distortion
  7. 7. Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD review: Verdict
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