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

  • Model: B008
  • Manufactured by: Tamron

Starting at: R5,894.00

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In addition to being the most compact and lightest lens in the world1 with 15x magnification, the Tamron 18-270mm high-power zoom lens boasts the PZD (Piezo Drive) internal autofocus drive, Tamron's first standing wave ultrasonic motor system. Angle performance is virtually guaranteed with an unshakable new2 VC (Vibration Compensation. All that and with a 62mm filter diameter and weighing in at 450g3, this lens is the cumulation of uncompromising research and development to make a lightweight, compact, all-in-one super zoom lens.

The trailblazing PZD (Piezo Drive) delivers smooth, quick autofocus. Combined with VC (Vibration Compensation), this is a winning partnership delivering clear, stable shots even in low light or at the telephoto end. The overall lens size is reduced, easing your ability to capture clean, clear images of high resolution.

The result: express yourself without limits. Whether you're toting it to a casual picnic or an off-road mountain biking expedition, this is a high-powered zoom lens that's not only versatile but also light and compact. At the telephoto end, the 18-270mm is ideal for sports shots or when using distance to capture wildlife in habitat or natural expressions on subjects who normally be overly conscious of the camera. Whether on vacation or in your own back yard, the wide end gives you the tools to shoot expansive landscapes. Every angle for photographic expression and all in a lens that delivers sharp, clear photos.

And yet, measuring 88mm from mount face to the tip of the lens, and 74.4mm in diameter with a filter diameter of 62mm – and weighing in at just 450 grams – it's also a remarkably compact, highly portable lens.
 


  1. For SLR camera high-zoom-ratio lenses with 15x magnification capability as of December 2010.

  2. PZD (Piezo Drive) is a standing wave ultrasonic motor system developed by Tamron. The motor is faster and quieter than DC motors when the AF drive is operated, and compared with arc-type ultrasonic motors, it has an actuator that facilitates lens design and reduced size.

  3. The Sony mount is not equipped with the VC image stabilisation mechanism, as the body of Sony's digital SLR cameras has a built-in image stabilisation function. Consequently, the lens with a Sony mount is referred to as the 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD and does not include the VC description.


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*For SLR camera high-zoom-ratio lenses with 15x magnification capability. Current as of December 2010. (Source: Tamron).

Improved VC – low light and telephoto was never like this

Tamron’s Vibration Compensation just got even better. Previously, the heavy magnet was positioned near the lens element. In the new VC mechanism, we’ve reversed the positioning of the magnet and connected the stablising lens to the coils. Less load is activated on the drive and, combined with lighter coils, contributes to a lightweight but more effective VC lens.

Super-smooth and accurate with PZD (Piezo Drive)

The new PZD (Piezo Drive) piezoelectric drive makes another Tamron first in its autofocus SLR lenses, an internal standing wave ultrasonic internal motor system. Innovations to reduce parts and simplify operation also contributed to the len’s reduced size and weight.

Minimum focus distance of 49cm over the zoom range, with macro capability to 1:3.8

Designed exclusively for APS-C sized digital SLR cameras, this all-in-one zoom covers every angle. Its minimum focal distance of 0.49m (19.3 in.) through the entire zoom range and macro capability to 1:3.8 allows you to enjoy serious, high-quality macro photography with astonishing convenience.

Cleaner, crisper images without flare or ghosting    

The new BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings reduce the lens reflection and dispersion that cause ghosting and flare. The coatings enhance light transmission in both the short and long wavelength ranges, ensuring excellent performance in all photographic conditions. Additionally, internal surface coatings are applied to cemented surfaces of all lens elements to deliver sharp, high-contrast images and flawless colour reproduction.

  1. For SLR camera high-zoom-ratio lenses with 15x magnification capability as of December 2010.
  2. PZD (Piezo Drive) is a standing wave ultrasonic motor system developed by Tamron. The motor is faster and quieter than DC motors when the AF drive is operated, and compared with arc-type ultrasonic motors, it has an actuator that facilitates lens design and reduced size.
  3. The Sony mount is not equipped with the VC image stabilisation mechanism, as the body of Sony’s digital SLR cameras has a built-in image stabilisation function. Consequently, the lens with a Sony mount is referred to as the 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD and does not include the VC description.

Low Dispersion

Low Dispersion

Sharpens edges by reducing ‘colour fringing’

Chromatic aberration occurs when a lens element refracts different wavelengths of a ray of light – its rainbow colours – at very slightly different angles. This results in the ‘colour fringing’ that reduces the sharpness of an image. LD elements are made from special glass materials with extremely low dispersion indices (i.e. the refraction of a ray of light into rainbow colours is extremely narrow). Thus they effectively compensate for chromatic aberration at the centre of the field (on axis), a particular problem at long focal lengths (the telephoto end of the zoom range), and for lateral chromatic aberration (toward the edges of the field) that often occurs at short (wideangle) focal lengths.

Although costly, LD glass materials result in clear, vivid image quality.

Vibration Compensation

Vibration Compensation

Compensates for camera blur on long shutter speeds – for sharp images in much less light

Tamron’s unique VC mechanism uses a proprietary actuator and algorithms to deliver an extremely stable viewfinder image with excellent tracking. The mechanism employs a tri-axial system in which three driving coils move internal optical components within the VC lens electromagnetically, based on signals originating from three steel ball bearings. The VC lens elements are held in place only by contact with the steel balls, achieving smooth movement with minimal friction. The simplicity of this mechanical structure is also one of the secrets of Tamron’s compact lens sizes.

Piezo Drive

Piezo Drive

‘Standing waves’ drive a smaller, lighter, but highly accurate AF mechanism

Tamron’s piezoelectric drive is an internal standing-wave ultrasonic internal motor system. Instead of the travelling wave of a USD lens, in a PZD lens a standing wave turns and extends the piezoelectric element. The entire element moves in a standing wave pattern, moving the metal tip (the contact surface) in an elliptical motion. The friction of this movement moves the rotor for a smooth, precise autofocus.

Lighter and smaller than other autofocus drives, the piezoelectric drive features simplified operation and requires fewer components, contributing to the reduction in size and weight of a lens.

Aspherical

Aspherical

Far superior image quality – while reducing lens size and weight

Tamron uses several hybrid aspherical lens elements in its lenses bearing the Aspherical designation. The benefits are two-fold: first, their non-spherical shapes virtually eliminate spherical aberration and image distortion. Second, as one hybrid aspherical lens element can take the place of multiple elements without compromising performance, they allow the lens to be much more compact.

As a result, these innovative optics have played a crucial role in delivering uniformly high image quality across all apertures and focal lengths of extraordinarily compact ultra-zoom lenses.

 

 

Model no.

B008

Focal length

18-270mm (28-419mm equivalent)

Maximum aperture

f/3.5-6.3

Angles of view

Diagonal: 75°33′ – 5°55′
Horizontal: 65°36′ – 4°55′ Vertical: 46°21′ – 3°10′

Lens construction

16 elements in 13 groups

Minimum focus distance

0.49m (19.3 in.)

Maximum magnification ratio

1:3.8 (at f=270mm and MFD 0.49m)

Length from lens mount [1,2]

88mm (3.5 in.)

Filter diameter

62mm

Overall length [1,3]

96.4mm (3.8 in.)

Maximum diameter

74.4mm (2.9 in.)

Weight [1]

450g (15.9oz)

Diaphragm

7 blades

Minimum aperture

f/22 (18mm) to f/40 (270mm)

Supplied accessory

Flower-shaped lens hood

Mounts available

Nikon, Canon, Sony

1. Length, entire length and weight figures are for Nikon-mount lens.
2. The distance between the mount face and the tip of the lens.
3. Entire length is the distance between the front tip of the lens and the tip of the rear protrusion.
*Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc may be changed without prior notice.


This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 28 June, 2017.

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