Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD lens released

The current Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Zoom lens

The Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD lens was supposed to be announced at Photokina but it was delayed in the last moment. As previously rumors indicated, the lens is much smaller than its predecessor (the new version is on the left).

The price is $649 and it will be available for Nikon and Canon mounts on December 20th, 2010 (in Japan). A Sony version of the lens will be released at a later date.

Full details after the break:

The new lens features a Piezo Drive (PZD):

Ultrasonic motors are divided into two categories depending on the principle that generates the energy to move the drive: traveling wave motors and standing wave motors. Traveling wave motors include the ring type ultrasonic motor used in the recently launched 70-300mm F/4-5.6 VC USD as well as other lenses, but this lens employs a newer technology, the PZD (Piezo Drive), which functions on the standing wave principle.

A standing wave ultrasonic motor utilizes high-frequency voltage to extend and turn the piezoelectric (piezoceramic) element, thus moving the entire element in a standing wave movement. The metal tip is the contact point of the element to the rotor, and moves in an elliptic motion from the swiveling motion of the moving element, and the friction from this motion turns the rotor. Standing wave ultrasonic motors have the distinct advantage of being smaller than their traveling wave counterparts, and therefore allow a more compact SLR lens size.

New VC mechanism (moving coil method)"

Tamron's original VC image stabilization mechanism utilized a moving magnet system whereby a heavy magnet was positioned near the moving VC lens element. In the new VC unit the positions of the magnet and the coil are reversed, because of this the VC optical lens element is attached to the coil. The new VC mechanism employs a moving coil mechanism with a lightweight coil, and the lighter coil reduces the load on the drive system. Thus, the lighter, more compact new VC unit contributes to the lens's overall light weight and compact size.

Image sample: 39mm (equivalent to 60mm), f/5.6, 1/3200, ISO500, WB: daylight, handheld:

MTF charts:


Model B008
Focal length 18-270mm
Maximum aperture F/3.5-6.3
Angle of view (diagonal) 75° 33'-5° 55'
Lens construction 16 elements, 13 groups
Minimum focus distance 0.49m (19.3 in)
Maximum magnification ratio 1:3.8 (at f = 270mm: MFD 0.49m)
Filter size φ62mm
Length 88mm¹, ² (3.5 in)
Entire Length 96.4mm¹, ³ (3.8 in)
Diameter φ74.4mm (2.9 in)
Weight 450g¹ (15.9 oz)
No. of diaphragm blades 7
Minimum aperture F/22-40
Standard accessories Flower-shaped lens hood
Compatible mounts Canon, Nikon, Sony

Source: Tamron

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  • camaman

    Aaaaaaaaaave Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!
    LOL! Just had to!
    Didn’t even know this was to be released!!! Where was this rumor posted!

    I must say, way to go Tamron! The difference in size is quite remarkable.
    On top of that I bet it wont perform any worse than its older brother!

    If I stay in DX land, I will be getting this one for the box for sure! :-):-)

  • Mike

    60mm, 1/3200 @5.6? To brag about VC? A monkey holding a camera could get a sharp shot at that setting. Show me 270mm at 1/40 and a sharp shot and I’ll be impressed. Interesting technology though!

  • ZTJ

    No instant manual focus override?




  • SGN

    PR Admin, Any idea if the 200 500 will get the USD or PZD treatment soon? maybe VC?

  • Catastrophile

    I understand that this upgrade includes a completely new optical design not just the PZD thing, and that the previous version was already 18-270 II. if so, this latest version should have been named 18-270 III simply not II PZD, makes for longer typing and confusion when II PZD is abbreviated or short-handed to II plus the unwanted search results of II appearing when googling for II-PZD, google search up to now are not intelligent enough to understand something like: II-PZD -II (meaning i want the former but exclude the latter even thou the latter’s name is part of the former).

    • lolly

      I think the Di-II refers to lenses for APS-C size camera sensors and Di refers to lenses for full frame (35mm) camera sensors as well as APS-C. See Tamron faq : http://www.tamron.com/en/photolens/faq/

      • Catastrophile

        ok this adds to the confusion, often times the Di-II becomes unhyphenated Di II
        at the end of the long name of the lens making it sound like version II (check DPR’s news item on this lens for example), reminds of Nikon VR II (could mean second generation vibration reduction lens or lens version II that happens to have VR or both).

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