- Nov 16, 2004
The TAMRON AF 18-270mm F/3.5-5.6 Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO Lens (BOO3NII for Nikon-mount) needs no further introduction with already a long discussion here. This lens is available for both Canon and Nikon mount. This lens works on D40/D40x/D60 (tested). Thanks to a friend, I am privileged to compare this lens with his Nikon AF-S 18-200mm VR II. My friend was convinced to trade away his Nikon and I finally got myself a superzoom lens; we both got this TAMRON B003NII lens.
I did a short write-up of my experience with this lens.
Read about it here.
1. Convenient 15x zoom range covering wide-angle (18mm) to telephoto (270mm).
2. Better IQ than the Nikon AF-S 18-200mm VR.
3. Comfortable compact size.
4. Very effective VC and better (IMHO) than Nikon's VRII and definitely better that Nikon's VRI.
5. Short MFD for close-up shooting.
6. 3 years local warranty (Singapore).
1. Slow aperture.
2. Slow 2-4 seconds for AF lock confirmation in low light.
3. Pseudo-MACRO is acceptable when not pixel-peeping and focus-shifts when stopped down.
4. Sloppy and loose feel of the focus ring during MF.
5. Short travel on the focus ring makes MF difficult.
6. Long travel of the the zoom ring makes zooming from 18-270mm in one turn of the wrist difficult.
Despite its short-comings and pitfalls of being a slow lens with slow indecisive AF, IMO, the extra range and much better VC outweighs the flaws. I was more decisive in getting this TAMRON 18-270 VC than when deciding on getting the Nikon AF-S 18-200 VR II during its debut (which I never bought eventually). Dpreview's lens review recommended this lens while the Nikon AF-S 18-200 VR II was recommended with reservations. A look at their test charts shows that on paper, the TAMRON is tad sharper than the Nikon's. Nevertheless, the Nikon still wins by having a SWM. This lens is not for serious work but sure is a remarkable walkabout, travel and all-in-one lens. TAMRON calls this lens "The Ultimate All-In-One Zoom: Longest, Steadiest Lens On Earth", I have to agree with them on that. Though the price is close to that of Nikon AF-S 18-200 VR II, but if you take advantage of the current promotion, you only have to pay S$800* for this lens with 3 years warranty.
*S$100 rebate in Tangs voucher