Out and about with the Tamron AF 18-270-mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
When setting off on a quick getaway to Venice a few days ago, we didn’t want to cart all our camera equipment with us, so we chose Tamron’s AF 18-270-mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD travel zoom lens as an alternative. Its focal distance ranges from extreme wide angle to super tele, and the zoom range on the APS-C sensor extends to 27-405 mm (equivalent to 35-mm format), which is perfect for capturing the diverse subjects found in a city like Venice using one single lens.
Unlike the light-intensive but comparatively heavy pro lenses, the travel zoom hits the mark in three main categories:
Our summary: We found the 18-270-mm travel zoom to be ideal for a city getaway. Not only is it extremely compact and lightweight; it also allows you to shoot all kinds of subjects from one single location (cf. images 1828, 1834 and 1835).
For us, one of the key factors in favour of this lens was that it also produced impressive image quality, as evidenced by test results in photography magazines: In Fototest 3/2011, it won the test with a grade of VERY GOOD, and the readers of Chip Foto Video rated it VERY GOOD in the individual test in the 10/2011 issue.
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