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Tamron Auto Focus 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Zoom Lens with Built in Motor for Nikon DSLR Cameras (Model B003NII) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Vibration Compensation) Tamron zoom lens
- Not compatible with 35mm film cameras or full-frame (FX format) digital Nikon D700 or D3 digital SLRs
- Built-in motor for full autofocus capability with Nikon D40, D40x, D60, and D5000 model digital SLRs
- Built-in vibration compensation for blur-free photos
- Low-dispersion glass and hybrid aspherical glass elements for superior image quality
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|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F|
|Item Dimensions||3.2 x 3.2 x 3.8 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.21 pounds|
|Item Weight||1 pound|
|Maximum Aperture Range||3.5-6.3|
|Maximum Focal Length||18|
|Minimum Focal Length||270|
|Minimum Focal Range||19.3 inches|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||28 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||75|
|Shipping Weight||1.9 pounds|
With the advent of the latest 15X zoom lens from Tamron, the pioneer of high power zoom lenses, the high power zoom lens has steadily evolved from a 7.1X to a 10.7X to a 13.9X and now to the world’s largest zoom ratio of 15X by combining advanced high power zoom design technologies accumulated by Tamron since 1992. The lens covers an angle of view equivalent to that of a 28mm wideangle to a 419mm ultra telephoto with just one lens, letting the user capture once-in-the-lifetime images of panoramic landscape images or close-up pictures of children smiling, without having to get too close to the subject and without having to change lenses. For Nikon Digital SLRs.
From the Manufacturer
With the advent of the latest 15x zoom lens from Tamron, the pioneer of high power zoom lenses, the high power zoom lens has steadily evolved from a 7.1x zoom to the world's largest zoom ratio of 15x by combining advanced high power zoom design technologies accumulated by Tamron since 1992. The lens covers an angle of view equivalent to that of a 28mm wide-angle to a 419mm ultra telephoto with just one lens, letting the user capture once-in-the-lifetime images of panoramic landscape images or close-up pictures of children smiling, without having to get too close to the subject and without having to change lenses.
Tamron 18-270mm Lens Features
Lenses are designed for exclusive use on digital cameras with smaller-size imagers and inherit all of the benefits of our Di products. These lenses are not designed for conventional cameras and digital cameras with image sensors larger than 24mm x 16mm.
15x Zoom Ratio
This lens covers an extremely broad range of focal lengths, from an extra-wide 18mm length to a telephoto 270mm length (the 35mm equivalent of 28mm to 419mm). The resulting 15x zoom ratio is the world's largest, representing a wide cross section of Tamron high-power zoom design technologies. Plus, the vibration compensation works throughout the entire zoom range, giving you the freedom to create a wide variety of images. The lens lets users capture once-in-a-lifetime panoramic landscape images or close-up pictures of children smiling, all without getting too close to the subject or changing lenses. Other details include a macro magnification range of 1:3.5, a minimum focusing distance of 19.3 inches, and a 72mm filter diameter. The lens, which measures 3.1 inches in diameter and 3.9 inches long, carries a six-year warranty.
Vibration Compensation (VC)
Shake can ruin your photos, particularly when taking telephoto shots or shooting in low light conditions.Simply flip the VC switch on and you'll notice the difference immediately.
- VC delivers blur free - handheld images for incredible results
- VC mechanism employs a three-coil system
- Lens element compensates for vibration using 3-steel balls (making movement quiet & smooth)
- Exceptional images at slower shutter speeds – reduces the need for a tripod
- Bring out contrast to motion & stillness
- Eliminate the need to shoot with a Flash
Low Dispersion (LD) Glass for Greater Lens Sharpness
Internal Focusing (IF) System
Internal focusing provides numerous practical benefits to photographers including a non-rotating front filter ring that facilitates the positioning of polarizing and graduated filters, and more predictable handling because the lens length does not change during focusing. Even more important, Tamron’s Internal Focusing (IF) system provides a much closer minimum focusing distance (MFD) throughout its entire focusing range. In addition, IF improves optical performance by minimizing illumination loss at the corners of the image field, and helps to suppress other aberrations that become more troublesome at different focusing positions.
Zoom Lock (ZL)
Another original Tamron mechanical engineering concept is the Zoom Lock (ZL), a simple convenience feature that prevents undesired extension of the lens barrel when carrying the camera/lens unit on a neck strap.
Anomalous Dispersion (AD) for Better Color Correction
Aspherical Lens Elements (ASL)
Tamron uses several hybrid Aspherical lens elements in many lenses bearing the Aspherical designation. These innovative optics allow us to achieve the ultimate in image quality, and at the same time produce lenses that offer remarkable zoom ranges in extraordinarily compact packages. By perfecting theses cutting-edge advances for series production, Tamron has advanced the state of optical design, and virtually eliminated spherical aberration and image distortion from the high-power-zoom series.Through the effective application of Hybrid Aspherical Technology, one lens element can take the place of multiple elements without compromising performance. This is what allows us to produce remarkably compact long-range lenses that deliver a uniformly high level of image quality at all focal lengths and apertures.
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The good- Really great photos! 18 to 270 with the 35mm equivalent of 28 to 420 zoom is a great range. Very similar to my Panasonic FZ-50 but I think the my Nikon is a better camera in most respects. NOT knocking Panasonic!! It worked great for the entire zoom range as well as some macro shots I tried. I REALLY enjoyed not having to stop and change lenses which is the biggest plus of the positive reviews I've read and I'll agree. A great all around lens as far as I'm concerned. I thought the manual focus worked really well also. I tried to use all aspects of lens to get to know it.
Also from August 15th to December 31st, 2009 is a mail-in $[...] rebate from Tamron if you buy a new one, another consideration. Brought my final price to $[...] for a lens that started out at $[...] when it came out! I'm happy!
The not so good- not a lot here but there are a few things with it I'd say be aware of if you do get one (and you should!!!). First I'd say is get into the habit of using the 'lens zoom lock' on the barrel. Just a little switch to flick on and off on the top right of the lens, its easy to get used to 'flicking' on and off with the index finger. It really needs to be locked when you're not using it because the lens will slide open to the full 270 if the camera's tilted down like if on your neck. Had that happen a couple of times before I got used to using the zoom lock.
All opened at max zoom it is a bit long. Wasn't a problem for me but could be a consideration for you. With A/F on as well as V/C, there is some noise to it. Again I didn't have a problem with the sounds but they are there and I'd read a few reviews that complained about it. When you halfway press the shutter for focus the lens 'freezes' the image just before you take the shot. Actually interesting to see, but could be an annoyance to some people. Finally the weight, my daughter also has a D-60 and tried it but she thought it would be too heavy for her to use on her camera all the time. Not a problem for me at all and I know the little extra weight really helped with some waterfall shots with only a mono-pod, but again, something some of you readers might be concerned about! Also with the lens are all kinds of warnings of flash obscuration if you only use the in camera flash due to the size of the Tamron lens. I didn't try any flash photos this trip but have experienced it with other cameras so the recommendation is use a hot shoe external flash. Only a consideration if you only have the one lens with you and think you might be taking any indoor flash photos.
The only real lens problem I had was early on the trip and apparently in using the zoom so much and with a new lens it would twist and slightly shift and not make good contact with the camera body, so I'd be all ready to take a shot and push the shutter and the auto focus wouldn't work or nothing at all would happen! It would show blanks or question marks in the view finder for shutter and aperture settings and a couple of times said 'lens not connected'. It was very frustrating until I figured out what the problem was. Since then it hasn't happened, I guess I 'broke it in' with all the twisting for zoom for all the photos I took.
Other accessories I recently bought for my camera for this trip and upcoming ones, four 4GB SDHC cards, and from Amazon, this lens, two extra batteries, a 72MM three lens filter kit, and a way more comfortable neck strap. Let's take a trip and take some photos!
I was fortunate enough to try out this lens at an extremely well known store where I live. This copy of the lens was smooth and handled perfectly on the 50D. Accurate focusing, quick, reasonably quite, image stabilization or VC performed admirably. Testing the extremities in its zoom range, both in moderately well lit indoors and outdoors, this lens performed better than expected. When viewing images made on the 50D's screen at maximum enlargement, they appeared to be sharp throughout the entire zoom range. This was proof enough, along with further trials and researching, to eventually purchase this lens. Many thanks Amazon for impeccable service and like other photographic products purchased through you, this one has exceeded my expectations.
You may be thinking as to why would I bother with a Tamron lens, when, in my arsenal of photographic gear, are 7 canon L series lenses. The answer is so simple: It is a remarkable lens for what it does. Incredible value for money and incredible performance from an "all in one", wide to long range, zoom lens. I have the Tamron 17-50mm.f/2.8 as well. Another wonderful lens that goes with me on cruises, vacations and stock shooting.
As soon as this lens arrived, it found its way onto the Canon Xsi, then 50D, and eventually the 7D. A total of 3 shoots with each camera, cranking this 18-270 VR. lens from wide to long zoom has given me a load of images to scrutinize. Here are my findings:
A fair amount of chromatic aberration at certain focal lengths in certain lighting conditions. A quick fix in raw with Lightroom or equivalent essentially removes most of this problem.
Lens creep and stiffness about half way through the zooming action. Just hold the lens barrel while shooting, its not a big deal. As for the lens creep while carrying: Click on the lock. That's why Tamron put it there. Like most other lenses of extreme range, be it Canon or other manufactures, the same minor annoyances apply. Yes, there are other optical distortions that other reviewers have mentioned but with experience in handling this lens, you will quickly discover how to avoid or minimize them in your final processed image.
I have found that if the internal shooting styles for your camera are set with a slight boost in sharpness it helps considerably.
This lens performs very well if there is lots of light and seems to produce reasonably crisp or sharp images using apertures of f/8 to f/11 or sometimes higher should you require the depth of field.
There is an old adage out there that goes like this: "A poor craftsman blames his tools for poor workmanship" The same applies to photography. It is so easy to blame the camera, or the lens for producing a poor image. What about the ability level and knowledge of the photographer?
Am I pleased with this lens? Very much so! Its performance all round, is far better than than I had ever expected.
Would I recommend this lens to any photographer, experienced or not? Absolutely! I would love to show you some of my images to prove it! I have 3 stock images already approved using this lens.
Please do yourself a favor: If you are looking for a one does all lens, look no further. Try one in a camera store to dispel your doubts, if you are able, and then go purchase one through Amazon.. You wont regret it.