Reviews and Problems with Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO
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Anish, B&H Photo
21 July 2014
Excerpt: This Lens works great in outdoor settings and is a good all in one lens. The autofocus does a decent job and is fairly quiet and fast. However occasionally during a drastic change in zoom the focus drive will make a high pitched squeal sound. Although it is good as an all in one purpose lens it does not do well in indoor low light settings. You will need an external flash and a light dispersion element for your external flash and an editing software.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Seems well made , liked compact size and wt. lens hood is provided I found using the zoom stiff and difficult to rotate smoothly..not that major I was not satisfied with photos …i was looking for sharp, crisp pictures and my results seemed soft. I took photos of same subjects, at same exposure with my Canon 15-85 and got a much better result…After zooming in using iPhoto to the equivalent magnification of the Tamron zoom the enlarged canon photo was sharper
Excerpt: I purchased this lens prior to leaving for a holiday in Australia and New Zealand. After shooting nearly 4600 images, I was impressed. Results were good ... the lens was sharp overall but sharper in the mid-range than in the long telephone (270mm). My complaints are these: 1) there was unexpected flare in photos taken in the direction of a brightly lit area and 2) why Tamron chose to offer this lens in a Canon mount when the rotation of the zoom is just the opposite of...
Excerpt: I use this lens only for filming weddings and event. It's a pretty good lens for the amount of width and zoom it has; I recommend it if you want to just use only 1 lens during your shoot. Not the sharpest lens, but gets the job done. Very sold feel, not too heavy and smooth with the focus and zoom. Overall I recommend it to videographers.
Excerpt: I bought the Tamron AF18-270mm as a walk-around lens when I don't want to carry with me the pro equipment I own. Of course, one must forget about the Pro quality but this lens is well built, quite solid, I didn't have the need to use the Lock Lens switch for preventing from the "lens creep" problem I read about.
Excerpt: Use this lens on a trip, taking photographs of buildings, landscapes and people. With the lens can be a great approach of objects. But I think trying to have a lens that covers both rank is asking a lot, it's dark, when taking close loses much sharpness, plus it shows a kind of gray cloud. The weight does not matter, but the zoom if it is a bit harsh. Perhaps for this price you can not ask for much.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Purchased as a multi purpose travel lens, and it does that well. Great range of zoom with a fast, quiet focus and lightweight. Compact when at the 18mm setting and has a convenient lock to keep lens from extending while not in use. Comes with a sunshade, but the sunshade needs to be just right to get it on the lens. It is a "slow" lens with the largest f stop at 3.5 18mm and 5.6 at 270mm. Focus is a bit soft so don't expect to get large prints from this lens.
Pros: Compact Design, Cost, Easy To Use, Light weight
Cons: Made in china, No Case, Plastic Body, Poor Clarity
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.