Reviews and Problems with Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD
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size and zoom over quality
15 December 2011
Summary: This lens is great for light weight and zoom. The shaprness is not bad at 18mm and exceptible at 270mm but inbetween is not good at all which is probably where you would be using it the most. I am very dissappointed with the lens. I compared the same photos taken with this lens and my Canon lenses.
Summary: I use the lens as an all in one walk about lens. I take a variety of different subjects, moving and stationary. I got it for the extra reach. The Tamron is slightly less sharp compared to the Nikon 18-200. For those who don't want to carry lots of gear, the range is great. It's a good lens if you don't shoot moving subjects that are moving from far to near or near to far. The lens does tend to search longer than the Nikon before locking in.
Summary: I love the fantastic zoom range and the excellent image stabilization but the zoom mechanism has been pushed apparently beyond its limits. The zoom has a poor distracting feel; it is not not smooth and frankly at some points is much stiffer than others making smooth quick zooms difficult.
Summary: Used this for about a week on my new D90. A solid lens with a sharp image and a huge range, HOWEVER, the focusing was so slow I was constantly missing shots on moving subjects - especially indoors. Even for still subjects, I felt like I had to wait forever for the focus to finally lock in. The zoom action is also very stiff which is probably not a surprise given the huge zoom range but it was still annoying. I finally sent it back and switched to the Nikkor 18-200.