Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3,5-6,3 Di II VC LD IF Macro Specifications

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Name Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3,5-6,3 Di II VC LD IF Macro

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Manufacturer Tamron
Release Date and Price
Release Year 2008
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Lens Type
Lens Type Superzoom
Zoom or Prime Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Mount and Compatibility
Mount Canon (see compatible cameras)
Nikon (see compatible cameras)
Compatibility Designed for APS-C cameras (see compatible cameras)
Closest Focusing Distance 49 cm
Autofocus (AF) Yes
Built-in autofocus (AF) motor Yes (more info)
Maximum aperture f/3,5-6,3
The lens aperture and brightness varies at different focal lengths.
f/3,5 at 18 mm
f/6,3 at 270 mm
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Elements: 18 elements / 13 groups
Focal Range: 18-270 mm

This is a "Di-II" lens, designed for APS-C sensors, and will have a focal length equivalent to: 
On Canon cameras: 29-432 mm
On Nikon cameras: 27-405 mm

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Diameter 79 mm
Length 101 mm
Weight 550 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Image stabilization Yes, VC
Filter Filter Thread, 72 mm
Lens Hood AB003 (included)
Tripod mount No (Read more)
Weather sealing No
Other Model B003

Product description from Tamron

At launch 2008 Tamron wrote this regarding Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3,5-6,3 Di II VC LD IF Macro:

"Tamron innovation yielded the world´s highest ratio wide-to-telephoto zoom. Featuring an incredible zoom range of 15x, the 18-270mm Di-II VC defines compositional versatility. Providing a 35mm wide-angle picture angle equivalent of 28mm to an astounding 419mm, image fidelity is assured in two ways. First; award-winning optical design leverages the benefits of LD glass and aspherical optics, rendering crisp and faithful images, while Tamron´s unique tri-axial VC (Vibration Compensation) combats image blur caused by camera movement. Improving sharpness at typical shutter speeds and enabling handheld shooting at as many as four shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, Tamron´s three pairs of driving coils and low-function ball bearings placed around the VC optical group provide unsurpassed image stabilization for sharper images and a dramatically stable viewfinder experience.

The new 15x high-power mega zoom AF 18-270mm /F3,5 -6,3 Di II VC LD Aspherical [ IF] Macro is the lens with the biggest zoom range in the world *, a landmark, that Tamron, the pioneer in the development of mega zooms has achieved through constant improvements of leading worldwide optical technologies.

There is no longer a need to change lenses as this ideal compact travel lens with its gigantic focal range can be left on the camera. Heavy luggage due to bulky photo equipment is a thing of the past.

Tamron´s highly effective image stabilizer VC ( VC = Vibration Compensation) was built into this lens. This technology is a Tamron-own development and fascinates by its effectiveness and speed. With Tamron’s VC stabilizer panning is possible without annoying motion delay in your viewfinder and without having to change-over to a special mode.

You can win up to four stops with the VC stabilization for stable hand-held photography. The AF18-270mm offers the highest image quality and is very light and compact in spite of its 15-times zoom. The full frame equivalent of the tele-end corresponds to that of a 419 mm ** lens.

* for SLRs, as of 1.9.2009
**Tamron’s crop factor is 1.55 x

Please note that Di II lenses are made for the exclusive use on digital SLR cameras with image sensors smaller than 24mm x 16mm. Di II lenses cannot be used together with a full format or 35mm SLR camera, as their image sensors are not able to cover the entire area of full format resulting in dark corners of the (i.e. vignetting becomes noticeable). "

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