Tamron 18-270mm with Image Stabilization

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A co-worker asked me today what would help him minimize the amount of lenses he needs to carry around during his travels. Although I'm a big fan of Canon products, I think Tamron has this area on lock. Personally on my travels, i’m carrying around the Tamron 18-270mm Di II (this is a newer version not to be mistaken with the older version). It mounts on the Canon 5D Mark II as an EF mount, auto-focus works, but you'll get crazy Vignette on that full frame. This lens will only work properly on cropped cameras. It also can't maintain an aperture throughout, and ends up at F/6.3, but the IS they have will help in slow shutter speeds. Something I don't worry too much about since these cameras are fairly clean with High ISO.

If you want to see a sample Video, the Video below was shot mainly with my Tamron 18-270mm. That's correct, the actual lens that's in my bag was on loan to my buddy Roland as he wandered around China.

Not the sharpest lens in the bag, but hey the Image Stabilization works wonders for both Photo and Video, and runs you only over $620.00 bucks. You can't complain about that type of range for that type of price. This is the Tamron 18-270 Di II lens that i'm using on my Canon 7D.

Below are examples I took while at the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate park. First shot is wide (there's a butterfly somewhere in the middle) and the second shot is zoomed in at 270mm handheld with their IS on. Click the images for the large version.

Above: Image shot on Canon 7D at 18mm

Above: Image shot on Canon 7D at 270mm

Click here to find Tamron 18-270 Di II lens that i'm using on my Canon 7D.

18 thoughts on “Tamron 18-270mm with Image Stabilization

  1. Emm

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    @Chris - yes I was hand holding the camera. The image stabilzation helps even when Zoomed to 270mm (405mm equivalent on 60D).

  2. Chris

    Where you hand holding the camera for the studio video? The video looks pretty stable. This lens looks like it would fill a huge gap and be a do-it-all lens in the bag. Keep up the great work.

  3. Emm

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    @Anubhav - this Tamron 18-270mm will mount on a 5D, but unsuable since you'll be looking at the interior of the lens at any focal length.

  4. Emm

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    @ jon - I'll post a sample from the studio. All the lights were off except the cheap 3 light kit. As you can see things got brighter when I zoomed back. This was because the aperture changed allowing more light in. Zoomed all the way in, the aperture was at F/6.5. Not sure what the ISO was set at, but it was on a Canon 60D.

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  7. Ross

    Apologizes for double posting...
    Just read a review which said the focus ring only rotates about 30 degrees which makes manual focusing very difficult. How did you find focusing when shooting video?

  8. Ross

    When you say it isn't the sharpest; how much of an issue is this for shooting video? I'm not hoping for Zeiss optics here, but just wondering if I'd be wasting my time...

    I was looking at buying the Canon 17-135 and the 70-300 (I've used the 70-300 a couple of times and think it's great for video), but am now thinking of perhaps killing 2 birds with one stone with the Tamron...

    Your thoughts?

  9. admin

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    Yes the VC (Vibration Control) or in Canon Terms 'IS' works just as well with Video.

  10. Anyone know how the quality of the 18-270 glass and IS compares to the Sigma 18-200 ?

    Also, have you had any luck handholding @ 270mm with IS on?

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