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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this lens...small, great focal range, very sharp!, January 6, 2011
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This review is from: Tamron Auto Focus 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 VC PZD All-In-One Zoom Lens with Built in Motor for Nikon DSLR Cameras (Model B008N) (Electronics)
I had the first version of this lens which I like very much -- and much to surprise, this much smaller, much lighter, but higher quality lens from Tamron is even better!....The photos are sharp across the entire focal range (better than the Nikon 18-200) with a much better focal range.

It is significantly smaller than the original, and the new motor is fast. Most surprising, it even focuses faster in lower light situations. The new internal motor clearly works well.

This can pretty much stay on your camera all the time. It's great for walk-around; it's light an non-intrusive; and the shots are sharp and clear. I love this lens.
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Initial post: Jan 6, 2011 6:54:51 PM PST
D. Brodsky says:
I was not a fan of previous version (hunting in low light, soft images at tele) but it had a great VC. I hear reports that VC in the new version is worse than in the original version. Is that true, since you had both?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2011 2:53:13 PM PST
RonAnnArbor says:
I see no difference in VC between the two. VC in Tamron's lenses is always better than the VR in Nikon lenses -- I do not see anything worse in this one. The lens also feels significantly faster in "locking on" with the VC with this newer lens. Otherwise, it seems pretty much identical.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2011 2:25:03 AM PST
Gary Ambrose says:
I have this lens myself, and the VC in this lens seems to be much better than Nikon's VR system in my limited tests so far. I used both my Nikon 55-300, and this new Tamron 18-270 and when compared, at 270mm on both lenses, hand-held, the Tamron was the clear winner in both lower light (dusk) and daylight conditions.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2011 8:25:58 AM PST
James H. says:
Thanks for the review and comments. Ordered mine today.
Can't wait!

Posted on Feb 20, 2011 11:20:48 AM PST
Kexian Zhu says:
I observed "jumps" of viewfinder image when VC is engaged. Is this common? Or did I get a bad sample? Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2011 11:23:24 AM PST
D. Brodsky says:
Thats how tamrons image stabilizer works. Not that convenient. But thats how all latest tamrons vc work. U won't see these jumps with canon or nikon lenses

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2011 7:04:07 AM PST
CandyGuy says:
Do you see any diference in image qualities? I am debating between the new and old version for $170.00 saving. What would be your recommendation, since you had experience on both.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 7:23:09 AM PST
h2otownmn says:
I own this lens for my Sony Alpha55 V DSLR, I am using the Tamron 18-270 Di II PZD to replace 2 of my older lenses. It is simply amazing the new Piezo Drive for the auto-focus is so quiet and fast. You can leave your camera in AF mode when you take video clips because there is no noise and smooth operating. It takes sharp pictures is light weight and great zoom. A good all around and my camera bag has more room in it now. Tamron should offer this Sony compatiable lens for less money than the same lens for the Canon and Nikon because Sony has the Vibration Control in the Camera not in the lens like Canon and Nikon does. I guess they do because they wouldn't want to show any favoritism to Sony, it might make people want to switch to Sony.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2014 2:46:14 PM PDT
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Jimmy L. says:
thanks for confirming that comparison between the Nikon 55-300 and this Tamron 18-270 -- i have 2 kit lenses: Nikon 18-55 & 55-300 and i always find it inconvenient to change between lenses... in the past, I've used a Tamron 35-210 for years (the 35mm film years) thus i expect that new Tamron lenses still keep their traditional excellence...
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