Reviews and Problems with Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO
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The good and the bad
21 May 2013
Summary: I took the Tamron 18-270mm lens mounted on my Nikon D7100 on vacation and out of several hundred pictures, approximately 10% of my pictures were unacceptable. The lens auto focus did not react fast enough in clear daylight in some cases. Another issue is the inability of the lens to auto-focus when the camera is in live view video mode. The auto focus indicator in the LCD stayed red instead of going green for a correct focus.
Summary: I really wanted to like this lens for it's versatility and price but I was disappointed. When you shoot in 18mm you have dark shadows around the edges. It's also present when you have a lens hood and you have it wide open.When you zoom it's fine.
OK for a while, then VC and Tamron support problems
Wings42 "David", Amazon
2 August 2012
Summary: Without repeating the excellent information in many other reviews I'll be brief. Pros: Great range, from wide angle to telephoto and pretty sharp focusing. Lightroom software corrects wide angle distortion and color aberrations automatically. Light weight. Compact. Focuses almost as close as a macro lens. Cons: Slow focusing, Vibration Control (VC) broke within a month, during our first trip to London. I had several problems with Tamron support.
Summary: The Nikon D3000 has quite a bit of trouble focusing at the upper end of the zoom range with this lens in low light. Nikon says that the D3000 cameras need f5.6 or faster...which I have discovered is really only a potential problem in low light situations. The camera really has to hunt for contrast once you zoom in far enough that the maximum aperture exceeds f5.6, and the lighting conditions are poor.
Summary: I had hopes of replacing my Nikon 18-200 and my 70-300 with one lens, not this one. A least not on Nikon. It seems the vr interferes with the auto focus for a bit and you have to let that settle down before shooting or the image is junk. Even then it is soft at all focal lengths. Sent mine back.
Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD vs Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Christopher Bauer, Amazon
7 March 2012
Summary: I am an avid amateur photographer, so when I read about the new tamron 18-270 lens I was very excited. After buying a used one and having not work correctly, I bought a new one. I compared the Tamron to the Canon 18-200. When zoomed to the max (tamron to 270 and Canon to 200) there is distinguishable difference in bright light. When used indoors, the canon is a much better lens. The lens is lighter but other than that I see no advantage over the canon lens.
Summary: First off the zoom range is nice. You can not ask a lens to do too much more.Tamron will push the bar when it comes to the zoom lens. In daylight the lens can focus fine. in low light situations it has a hard time locking on. The focusing ring on the lens is not the best so for me trying to get acceptable sharpness is difficult.
Summary: I bought this lens as an "allround" travel lens based on the recommendation of a friend. It is certainly impressive. The focal range is awesome. It's light and small. But I was not prepared for the noise that it makes when it attempts to focus. It's LOUD!! In fact, the noise is so bad (not only loud but also uneven) that I thought that I had got a lemon and wanted to return it to Amazon. Then I read the blogs and discovered that this is part of the DNA of this lens.
Summary: I bought this lens last summer before a vacation. I have used it extensively as a hobbyist. For the 1st few months it was great for my needs. In the past few months however, the autofocus seems to be failing. In good lighting with no obstructions, I get out-of-focus images with the lens set to auto-focus. I can't make it focus on my subjects too often and my vision is not sufficient to do my own focusing.