This update to Tamron’s epic 15x superzoom is not only smaller and lighter, but it now includes a Piezo Drive motor for faster and silent AF. Mat Gallagher takes a look at the new features and finds out if it really is the ultimate travel lens
This isn’t the only improvement to the lens, though, as it is now 24% smaller than the old model, therefore taking up even less space in your travel bag.
Superzooms are a popular choice for photographers wanting an all-in-one lens when transporting a full kit bag is impractical. For many amateurs a superzoom may even be a default lens, with more specialist lenses an option only when the situation really demands it.
Tamron has a long history of producing popular superzoom lenses. The company offers not only an 18-200mm optic, but has also pushed the limits of superzoom lenses further with an 18-250mm and, in 2008, created the first 18-270mm version.