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May 03, 2014 07:33 |  #1

I have been recovering from surgery and I have way too much time on my hands to research my hobbies (Fishing-Photography-Gettysburg).

I have a Canon 60D with the kit 18-135. an old 70-300 and a 28 1.8 prime lens.

I noticed on Flickr many great pictures from one women with a 60D. They were taken with a Tamron 18-270 VC lens. I emailed her and she uses that lens 90% of the time on her camera.

Would the Tamron 18-270 give increase my photo quality over the 18-135 and the 70-300? Would love to carry one lens to cover almost that range.

I then would get a Canon 10-22 and I would have a nice range of lens. I see Tamron has a $100 rebate on this lens so for $400, it looks like a good buy. But one persons photos and likes doesn't make a trend.

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May 03, 2014 08:00 |  #2

I had the first version of that lens & from what I've read the newer version is sharper & has a faster AF. I haven't used any of the other lenses you've mentioned so I can't compare how they'd do in similar situations. Mine did have some CA & softness at the wide end but other than that it was a good travel lens which was why I bought it. The real secret to whether it can please you is just how large would you print or how deep you might crop. We don't print at 100% very often but we sure like to view at 100% to compare sharpness so the end use may be the determining factor. Everything in this album was shot with a 7D & Tamron 18-270. The in hangar shots are where you may see the softness / CA

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May 03, 2014 09:18 |  #3

viperbass wrote in post #16879034 (external link)
I have been recovering from surgery and I have way too much time on my hands to research my hobbies (Fishing-Photography-Gettysburg).

I have a Canon 60D with the kit 18-135. an old 70-300 and a 28 1.8 prime lens.

I noticed on Flickr many great pictures from one women with a 60D. They were taken with a Tamron 18-270 VC lens. I emailed her and she uses that lens 90% of the time on her camera.

Would the Tamron 18-270 give increase my photo quality over the 18-135 and the 70-300? Would love to carry one lens to cover almost that range.

I then would get a Canon 10-22 and I would have a nice range of lens. I see Tamron has a $100 rebate on this lens so for $400, it looks like a good buy. But one persons photos and likes doesn't make a trend.

Comments welcomed on the Tamron 18-270. Thank you.

Check out the " Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical IF Macro " forum


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May 03, 2014 10:42 |  #4

I had one on my 20D and loved it, but it was stolen. I'm not sure I would love it now, since I prefer faster lenses. As a convenient one lens solution though, it's fantastic.


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May 03, 2014 14:37 |  #5

I say get it, the 10 - 20 from Sigma or the canon 10 - 22. if you get the Sigma 10 - 20 you might have enough for another prime or a flash which compensates the 18 - 270. I speak from experience with the Sigma 18 - 200.


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May 03, 2014 21:27 |  #6

Tamron is coming out with a 16-300 f3.5-6.3 which will be light and compact. 16mm will give you nicely wider than 18mm. It may be a better upgrade than the 18-270.

The lens is one part of the equation when it comes to making eyecatching or quality photos. A superzoom is capable of making great shots...obviously. Understanding the "sweet spots" of the lens and its strengths helps. :)


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May 03, 2014 21:37 |  #7

BrickR wrote in post #16880226 (external link)
Tamron is coming out with a 16-300 f3.5-6.3 which will be light and compact. 16mm will give you nicely wider than 18mm. It may be a better upgrade than the 18-270.

The lens is one part of the equation when it comes to making eyecatching or quality photos. A superzoom is capable of making great shots...obviously. Understanding the "sweet spots" of the lens and its strengths helps. :)

I had forgotten about that lens coming out! And thank you for saying that superzooms are capable of great shots! Because they really do create amazing results if used right. For example, my Sigma 18 - 200 is best at f7.1 so if I shoot over 135 I stop it down to f7.1 if i'm shooting wider f5.6 - f6.3 is the sweet spot. And like I said previously flash helps with a lens that is slow or a superzoom.

ignore my previous comment with the recommendation though. Grab the 16 - 300 when it comes out.


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May 03, 2014 21:42 as a reply to  @ BrickR's post |  #8

I have the older (non-hypersonic motor) version, and while it would be nice to have a faster lens in some situations, it is a good single-lens vacation solution. The upcoming 16-300 sounds interesting, but the 18-270 does a good job.


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May 04, 2014 10:51 |  #9

The superzooms are much maligned... I bought my first dSLR (60D) with the EF-S 18-200. It turned out to be a very sharp copy.

It shows quite a bit of CA (which is corrected in post with one click) and lacks the fast aperture in the long end. For the latter, I ended up buying the MarkII brothers...

However, my travel light/tourist kit is the 60D + EF-S 18-200 + Sigma 8-16 + EF 50 f1.8.


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May 04, 2014 13:10 |  #10

BH Photo is taking preorders on the 16-300. They have a May 15th estimated availability date.




  
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May 04, 2014 13:56 |  #11

is your 70-300mm the IS version?

your lenses are just as capable as the 18-270mm, if not more so...i wouldn't expect an increase in quality...it'd be more convenient if you are after one lens...but your images would probably look close to the same


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May 04, 2014 17:39 |  #12

I've generally been impressed with the Tamron lenses. But I bought the 18-270 as a replacement for my Sigma 18-250 OS and was not happy with the IQ. The 18-270 was noticeably softer with much more CA/fringing. I wound up sending the Tamron back. Maybe it was just my copy though.


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May 04, 2014 23:33 |  #13

viperbass wrote in post #16879034 (external link)
I have been recovering from surgery and I have way too much time on my hands to research my hobbies (Fishing-Photography-Gettysburg).

I have a Canon 60D with the kit 18-135. an old 70-300 and a 28 1.8 prime lens.

I noticed on Flickr many great pictures from one women with a 60D. They were taken with a Tamron 18-270 VC lens. I emailed her and she uses that lens 90% of the time on her camera.

Would the Tamron 18-270 give increase my photo quality over the 18-135 and the 70-300? Would love to carry one lens to cover almost that range.

I then would get a Canon 10-22 and I would have a nice range of lens. I see Tamron has a $100 rebate on this lens so for $400, it looks like a good buy. But one persons photos and likes doesn't make a trend.

Comments welcomed on the Tamron 18-270. Thank you.

While the Tamron is a competent lens, its not a great lens. I have one. I think what you are seeing is more a result of her skill as a photographer, and perhaps her post processing skills as well, rather than the result of the specific lens she is using. If she is that good my guess is she would get equally good shots from the lens you currently have ( within the focal range of course). Super zooms as a group tend to have poorer image quality than zooms with more limited focal ranges or prime lenses.

For a super zoom the Tamron 18-270 PZD (Model B008) is fairly well behaved. It has a lot of barrel distortion at 18mm, but its expected with lenses in this category. There is some chromatic aberration, but again for lenses in this category its fairly well behaved. Wide open it tends to be soft at the edges and fairly sharp in the center. The center and edge sharpness improves as you stop down, but the edges never really get razor sharp and the center still tends to be a bit soft at 270mm. Its has a slow f/3.5-f/6.3 aperture and often hunts a bit when attempting to auto focus in very low light. It doesn't have full time manual focus, but its focus motor is fairly fast and very quiet. There is a quite noticeable whirring sound and image jump when OS (Tamron's IS) is working.

My comments shouldn't deter you from getting one. The reach and flexibility of the Tamron makes its a very versatile one lens solution for many people. At the current price of $399 after rebate it's certainly a bargain, but don't expect miracles. If you are unsatisfied with the quality of the shots you are getting from your 18-135, the lens may not be the culprit.

As an addendum I believe that Tamron recently announced a new lens, the 16-300mm, an 18.8X zoom. That's quite a range, with a 35mm equivalent angle of view of 26-480 mm.


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