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Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC

Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Specifications
Frame Coverage APS-C
Lens Construction (groups) 13
Lens Construction (elements) 18
No. of Diaphragm Blades 7
Minimum Aperture 22-40
Closest Focusing Distance 0.45m (17.7")
Maximum Magnifcation .29x
Filter Diameter 72mm
Maximum Diameter x Length 79.6mm x 101mm (3.1" x 3.9")
Weight 550g (19.5oz)
The Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di LD Aspherical [IF] VC macro (sorry, I had to repeat that again ...) tries to provide it all but the continuously higher degree of generalization rather than specialization has a price - image quality. The lens had a bit of a hard time to deliver a good image quality on a very high resolution DSLR (EOS 50D @ 15mp).
As the Tamron 18-270mm and the ''name-brand'' competition are all floating around the same price point, the decision of whether to buy this lens or a Nikon / Canon equivalent comes down to how badly you need the extra 70mm of distance. Image quality is fairly consistent between these lenses, with perhaps a nod towards the Tamron, but autofocus speed and quality is better with the competition.
We were overall quite impressed by the Tamron 18-270mm. Where it's good, it's actually very good indeed, and even where it's weak it's not too far behind the competition. And that remarkable zoom range is a draw in itself; this is a lens which will have you shooting the same subject from the same position at both 18mm and 270mm, just to see how it looks.
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