Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens for Nikon/Canon - £329.95 @ Jessops
Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens for Nikon/Canon - £329.95 @ Jessops

Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens for Nikon/Canon - £329.95 @ Jessops

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Tamron super-zoom lens for Nikon and Canon mounts. Bought this last week in-store from Jessops at £349 and found that it had dropped another £20 today! I think it's making way for the newer version which has an ultrasonic PZD focus, but is priced at £499.95.

It is definitely available in-store but seems to be out-of-stock for home delivery currently. You can still order it online for collection though.

To pre-empt some of the comments regarding this lens:
- No it isn't going to give you the sharpest pictures, but the reviews aren't all that bad:
- Yes, having a large range of 18-270mm is going to result in some compromises in performance across that range, but again, if you only want to take one lens with you then this is a pretty good walk-around lens. And it isn't priced as high as the Nikon/Canon competition...
- Yes it does have vibration reduction/image stabilization
- Yes it does have a built-in motor for Nikon cameras that don't (eg, D40, D60, D5000) - don't know about Canons...

Here's the blurb:
Designed for digital SLRs with smaller sensors, this lens delivers amazing firepower with an angle of view equivalent to that of a 28mm wide-angle to a 419mm ultra telephoto – all in just one lens. Great Tamron technology lets the user capture amazing landscapes to close-up pictures without having to get too close to the subject and without having to change lenses.

Main Features

* Uses two Low Dispersion and three aspherical glass elements
* Minimum focus of 0.49m over the entire zoom range and maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.5
* Optical system optimised for digital imaging sensors giving better light distribution at the sensor and less falloff
* Multi-layer coatings to counteract ghosting and flare
* Slim diameter of less than 80mm
* Zoom lock to stop unwanted lens creep
* Petal hood supplied as standard


* Lens Construction: 18 elements in 13 groups
* Angle of View: 75 deg, 33 min (equivalent angles of view when converted to 35mm)
* Minimum Focus Distance: 0.49m over entire zoom range
* Diaphragm Blades: 7
* Minimum Aperture: f22


Good price, have some HEAT :-)

Often recommended as the best 'all round' lens if you don't want to carry 2 or more lenses around. Heat! Kentish - how have you found this lens to use so far?

Original Poster

I've only tested it on my D5000 in sunny conditions today - image quality seems pretty good. One of the criticisms of this lens (Tamrons in general) is the slow focusing, especially in low light conditions but I haven't really tried that yet.

The VC takes a bit of getting used to - it sometimes makes a clunking noise and the picture seems to judder a bit - no idea if it's supposed to like that or not. Certainly nothing like the VR on the kit 18-55mm which I can hardly tell if it's on or not!

It's also a fair bit bigger and heavier than the kit lens and so well worth taking your camera to Jessops to try it out to see if it feels right in your hands. No regrets on any of the above though - it's an incredible lens for the money!

I do prefer 'faster' lenses but I tend to switch between my 18-55 and 70-200 quite often when I'm out, so it would be handy to have all in one, plus more. But of course can't expect it to perform as well as smaller range lenses. Good point - after much window shopping I'll take my cam along to Jessops when I pick up my free prints!

I'm looking at something like this, only had my camera a few months and the amount of swapping from my 18-55mm to my 55-250mm lenses is mental, especially at a visit to the zoo the other week.

I think that I would be tempted by the newer version....it incorporates the new Piezo Drive (PZD)...costs £499.95 @ Jessops ( Quidco (4%) & collect at store) makes this better than warehouse express @ £494.95....& this is the lowest price this has been.....:3

review here....


Edited by: "paw2304" 10th Apr 2011

I bought this a few months ago as an upgrade from my Sigma 18-200mm OS (Optical Stabilization) lens. The extra zoom was too tempting.

There's one massive problem with this lens. The autofocus is far too slow!!! It's so slow that you'll often miss your shot. Plus I normally like to take a few shots of a scene but that's not possible with the Tamron.

I sold it a few weeks later and replaced it with the Sigma 18-250mm OS. Fair enough it's not as sharp as the Tamron at each ends of the focal length but at least it allows me to take a picture on autofocus.

Overall, I cannot recommend these superzoom lenses enough! Not having to switch lenses is so much more convenient (meaning that you're far more likely to get the shot that you wanted) and great fun.

You can get the Sigma 18-250mm OS on ebay for about £300 brand new. I would wholey recommend it.
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