Reviews and Problems with Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO
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Not Yet Happy with Tamron 18-270
BirdandHIke Guy, B&H Photo
30 December 2013
Excerpt: I bought a Nikon D5300 to replace an aging Nikon D80. I shoot wildlife with the D80 and always use a Nikon 70-300 lens, so I put the old lens on the new, lightweight body. The images from this combination were superb (all things considered at this price point), but the heavy lens seemed unbalanced on the new body, so I decided to get a lighter long lens.
Excerpt: I loved the idea of one lens that covered the zoom range from 18-270mm.I did not love the fact that I could not get sharp photos from the lens. I tried various settings and focal lengths both handheld and on a tripod ,but was not able to get sharp photos. I was surprised as I have two other Tamron lenses that take very sharp photos. (10-24and 70-300) I returned the lenses for credit to B&H.
Pros: Compact Design
Cons: Extreme Lens Creep, Not Sharp, Poor Clarity, Slow focus in low light
Summary: From the box the zoom was hard to adjust. within the next 30 days had focus and zooming problems. Finally zoom got stuck at about 120 mm. Returned to the shop they played a bit to unstick and froze again. had grinding noise and loose pars inside. Manufactured did not warrant the lens they said I dropped the lense, I said they were wrong. They won. Cost me over 200 Dls to repair.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable
Cons: 30 Day Use Zoom Stuck, Blurry Focus, Hard Zoom, Heavy, Slow Focus
Summary: This will not work with a Canon 5D II. With a full frame camera like this (full 35mm sensor), you get a tunnel effect with the lens. So your photos will be round. You would think they would let you know that type of thing. If you have one of the Canon styles that does not have a full frame sensor, this would perhaps be a good lens.
Excerpt: I purchased the lens to do rodeo photography requiring fast action at varied distances in the arena. I found the lens didn't respond quickly to the distances changes and the photos ended up without the clarity that I want to see.
Summary: When I read reviews prior to ordering a camera lens from this seller, I noticed one which indicated the seller never shipped the product so I knew there was a risk. As it turns out, the same happened to me. I highly recommend not buying from this seller also because they tried to sell us something else via paypal after getting our contact info, and I am not sure if we would have received our money back on those items. Just want to warn any future hopefuls..
Excerpt: I have been using this lens for a year now. Takes nice pictures for me even in low light BUT if you take pictures with the lens up or down you cannot keep the lens in place. You have to hold it. Not good when your trying to take a picture in low light with a remote to keep the vibration down. Canon has the same problem with there 18 to 200. I cant understand why they would build such a nice lens and then screw it up that bad.