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

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Key Features

  • 18-270mm focal length
  • 27-405mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras
  • F3.5-6.3 maximum aperture; F22-40 minimum
  • Micromotor-type AF motor without full-time manual focusing
  • 62mm filters
  • 0.49m/19.29" minimum focus
  • Sony Alpha mount for APS-C DSLRs

Product Description

The acclaimed Tamron 18-270mm VC ultra zoom for APS-C format DSLRs has reached an astonishing new level of compactness, performance, and speed with the addition of PZD (Piezo Drive), an innovative ultrasonic autofocus motor based on an advanced piezoelectric design. The result is a lens that's considerably lighter, and noticeably shorter and slimmer (filter diameter: 62mm) than any previous lens in its class, and provides faster, quieter auto-focusing.


Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size APS-C / DX
Focal length 18–270 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Sony Alpha
Maximum aperture F3.5 - F6.3
Minimum aperture F22.0 - F40.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Elements 16
Groups 13
Minimum focus 0.49 m (19.29)
Maximum magnification 0.26×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Micro-type ultrasonic
Full time manual No
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale No
Weight 450 g (0.99 lb)
Diameter 74 mm (2.93)
Length 88 mm (3.46)
Materials Plastic barrel, metal mount
Sealing No
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock Yes
Filter thread 62 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar No


User Reviews

  • hellgap, Jan 23, 2014 GMT:
    18/270 tammy

    This is my carry around lens I beat this lens to death under lots of adverse conditions. Its a very good lens for the money its very good not great. So in saying that would I buy another like it NO  even though its a very good lens . Here is why I had the lens for less than 2 months and Ive 4 specks of dust on the outer element of the lens. That means I have to send it back and get it cleaned. This lens only seen 400 pictures outside and it was infected with dust. I would buy a canon L lens ...

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Questions & Answers


How to change focal length in EXIF

Today I have been shooting at the zoo, using my A57 with Tamron 18-270 often at its largest focal length. When processing the images with DxO, I noticed a lot of them were not recognized by DxO for a supported camera / lens combination. Further investigation revealed all these images were showing a focal length of 280 in EXIF information. Does anyone know how to set this back to 270, so DxO will recognize them? (or another solution to this awkward issue)

marcnij asked
1 year ago


This 280mm reading in EXIF has been going on with this lens since it's introduction.  It is simply something I see no reason to be concerned about as it makes no practical difference anyway. Continue Reading

dlkeller answered
1 year ago

dlkeller wrote: This 280mm reading in EXIF has been going on with this lens since it's introduction. It is simply something I see no reason to be concerned about as it makes no practical difference anyway. It does make a difference to me, since DxO does not apply any lens corrections when it reads an erratic focal length. And the Tamron 18-270 has quite some distortion to correct. So what I need is either a tool that can update the focal length in Exif (batch wise preferrably) or any tips how to force DxO to use a specific profile. Continue Reading

marcnij answered
1 year ago

Haven't seen distortion at the long end, but don't use DX so don't know if that matters in correction distortion at the low end.. Continue Reading

dlkeller answered
1 year ago


Superzoom lens for Sony a-65

Hi, I'm looking for a general use lens (travel) for my a-65. I'm cannot decide between the following 4 lenses.. Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM or the old version of sigma Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Sony DT 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 The price is pretty much the same (except Sony) Any help? pros/cons? Thanks a lot! ps. I know there is a similar question but didn’t want to interrupt.

kotsoskotsas asked
11 months ago


Well... You could red through the previous similar 20+ threads of people asking for comparisons of those lenses... Continue Reading

Rashkae answered
11 months ago

The old Sigma, there have been several threads on this subject in the last week. Do a search probably for 18-250 or a specific lens. Continue Reading

Edward Sargent answered
11 months ago

I have the new Sigma 18-250 macro version and I like it much more than the Sony 18-250 that I sold.  The new version Sigma is sharper and quiet!  In fact I liked it so much that I told my brother who also has the a57 and Sony 18-250 and he also traded his Sony for the newer Sigma.  I have never used the older version Sigma 18-250 so I can not compare. Continue Reading

falconsusi answered
11 months ago
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