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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£649.99

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

With this latest addition in its lineup, Tamron has created a new breed of superzoom lens that will appeal to hobbyists and amateurs who’d like to carry one lens to cover all bases. The way it covers such a broad focal range makes it more versatile than other superzooms and by equipping it with an effective vibration compensation system and weather-resistant seals, it allows users to shoot sharp handheld images with slow shutter speeds in low-light, or adverse weather conditions.

Compromises do always have to be made choosing an all-in-one lens that attempts so much across its range. Results at full telephoto are usable, but not spectacular. The visible distortion and chromatic aberration is rather offensive too, but shooting and editing in the raw format can remedy these optical flaws. For those after an all-in-one lens suitable for travel, safari and a multitude of different uses it’s certainly worth a closer look.

Details

Price:£649
Filter diameter:72mm
Lens elements:16
Lens groups:11
Maximum aperture:f/3.5-6.3
Minimum aperture:f/22-40
Minimum focusing distance:0.45m
Dimensions:79x118mm (DxL)
Weight:705g
Lens mounts:Canon, Nikon
Included accessories:Petal lens hood, lens caps
  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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