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8.7 out of 10

Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD

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Reviews and Problems with Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD

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Overall 8
7.8
Value for money 7
7.0
Features 9
9.0
Picture quality 8
7.5
Ergonomics 8
8.0
Build quality 8
7.5

Expert Review

DP Review
1 December 2008
  • Conclusion: First things first; the AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO undoubtedly represents an impressive feat of optical engineering, and Tamron has to be applauded for producing a superzoom that has significantly longer telephoto reach than its direct competitors without further compromising image quality. That's not to say the lens is in any way perfect, indeed it has much the same optical problems as the other superzooms we've tested.
  • Pros: Remarkable 15x focal length range, Impressive image quality in the normal to short telephoto range, Excellent resistance to flare, Effective vibration correction system, at least 3 stops benefit, Reasonably compact despite the long telephoto range
  • Cons: Slow and occasionally indecisive autofocus, Geometric distortion across much of the zoom range, Significant chromatic aberration at wideangle and telephoto (especially 270mm), Macro performance rather compromised (very soft at F6.3, focus shifts on stopping down), Uneven zoom action, zoom creep when not locked, Slightly sub-par build quality
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