Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD review
June 25, 2011
Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
Price as Reviewed:£498.00
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
Tamron’s new AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD superzoom is all about speed. The introduction of a Piezo Drive (PZD) motor means the AF system should perform much faster and more silently than the previous Tamron 18-270mm model.
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.
- Filter size: 62mm
- Focus Markings: Yes
- Diaphragm Blades: 7
- Stabilisation: Yes, 4 stops
- Weight: 450g
- Max diameter x length: 74.4x88mm
- Minimum focusing distance: 0.49m
- Min Aperture: f/22
- RRP: 665
- Max Aperture: f/40
- Construction: 16 elements in 13 groups