Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD Lens – Exclusive Review

If there were ever reasons why amateurs and casual photographers have been refraining from DSLRs, then this will be at the top of their list. Casual photographers want flexibility, the ability to shoot wide angle shots, and simultaneously, they also expect the camera to have a huge optical zoom range.

For some time, an exact lens with these specifications didn’t exist and the photographers were forced to change lenses into order to attain longer focal lengths. However, the recent camera industry has evolved and lens makers are now able to provide wide and zoom ranges in a singular lens. One such amazing lens is the Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD lens.

The Magnanimous Zoom Range

The Tamron 18-270mm has a great wide angle focal length as well as a tight 15x optical zoom which should be adequate to capture very distant objects. The lens is equipped with vibration compensation, which is the equivalent of Image Stabilization or IS in Canon’s terms. We found this system to work extremely well and it makes a huge difference when it comes to handheld zoomed in shots.

Piezo Drive Motor and Image Quality

The Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD lens is powered by a Piezo Drive motor which does the job fairly well and focusing speeds are on par with STM. The image quality is decent and is on par with Canon’s kit lens, which is actually pretty good. The lens delivers good contrast ratio and there is a small amount of distortion and vignetting visible at a wide open aperture in the widest focal range.

Although the F/3.5-6.3 isn’t great for low lighting, the excellent Vibration Compensation system lets us opt for lower shutter speeds and makes up for the smaller aperture. The macro is also great and we were actually able to get as close as 20cm to the subject when zoomed all the way into 270mm, that’s some serious macro capability.

Our Verdict

In short, we love the flexibility and versatility of the lens. Being able to shoot wide and still managing to get close to the subject when required, without changing the lens, is a blessing for most. These super zoom lenses will smoothen the transition from point and shoots to the DSLR for most amateurs and casual shooters.

Check out the video for a complete analysis and a short yet detailed review of the Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD lens.