Much Better Than Lugging
Around Multiple Lenses
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II VC LD Lens Despite a few other imperfections from the Tammy 18-270mm lens. I haven't been able to get the lens to creep as depicted by other reviewers of this lens, but the zoom is
erratic and somewhat rough. In fact, I ended up pointing the lens up when zooming in and down when zooming out again. Autofocus is really slow and hesitant indoors and a few times, it just wouldn't even focus period. Other than than that, I'd like to talk about the things I did like.
If you need a low light lens, this isn't it. If your primary objective is to take pictures in low light situation such as
in the 18-200mm range you need 2 lenses, get the 18-50mm f/2.8 Sigma or Tamron
17-50 VC and a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens instead.
I was able to get some results with this lens that I haven't been able to achieve with any other solitary lens. The image quality is right on and definitely sufficient for shooting travel , sports, and other creative photography. I haven't been able to experience any soft focus anywhere along the zoom range. I'm getting nothing but razor sharp pictures. Now I admit, I'm not pixel peeper, and I found the flexibility and utility of this zoom lens to be worthwhile putting some extra effort into the zoom and doing some manual focusing. That's still much better in my opinion than lugging around multiple lenses and
swapping them out in the field. Just keep in mind, there's truly nothing else comparable this lens available and a few compromising sacrifices must be accepted for the groundbreaking engineering. This lens needs to be judged by it's actions and not in comparing it to some other lens.
I know, some of you will go ahead and form an opinion of this lens compared to other lenses (I expect that truly is the whole point of reviewing products). Now the most logical comparison would be with the Nikon18-55mm kit lens and the 55-200mm VR Nikon. as a unit. Both of these lenses have good quality and performance, but combined they cannot replicate the abilities of the 18-270mm Tammy. The optical quality does not appear detectably different. And quite candidly, the Vibration Compensation (VC) of the Tammy is relatively superior to the Nikon VR feature, even though I enjoy the 55-200mm VR and I gave Nikon 18-200mm lens some thought, I'm fond of the Tamron
lens owing to the additional range of the long zoom end.
The lens has a good feel and appears to be well built. It is mostly covered by the rubber grip and there is no
plastic feel. The lens features an internal motor necessary for auto focusing on the D40/D60/D3000/D5000 cameras,
The lens does show some signs of minor chromatic aberration towards the upper zoom end. This is not a foremost issue for most people one would need to be really looking to find traces of it. If you're using your photography in competition or charging for your images, it could be of more concern you would probably be shooting a D700 or D3 with prime lenses attached to fulfill these undertakings. Until that point in time,
the Tammy will make you very happy and recommend it without reservations.
The term hyperzoom or superzoom is used to promote photographic zoom lenses with unconventionally large focal length factors, typically more than 4× and ranging up to 15×, e.g., 35 mm to 350 mm. The largest ratio for digital SLR cameras is held by the Tamron 18–270 mm, giving 15×. Some Digital Camera Review by Gene Wrights have even larger zoom ratios up to 35×. For movie and television use, Panavision holds the record with their 300X HD Lens.
Jan 16, 2011
Early-morning light cast a golden glow upon a queue of kayaks and runabouts resting on the shoreline before a busy day on the water. “This morning light makes the colors saturated but not too contrasty,” says Costantini.