The TAMRON 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008) is quite a controversial lens. I just had to get one to find out for myself what this lens is all about. Follow my blog as I use this lens on a daily basis and discover for yourself if this lens is indeed a diamond in the rough, or if it simply just another average, try to do it all, kit level lens.

Friday, December 30, 2011


One of my favorite cartoon characters is Mator. You just have to see him in action in Cars and Cars 2.

This test of the Tamron PZD is aimed at showing the usefulness of the lens at macro photography. The model of Mator that I have is about 8cm (3.5inches) in length. Sure, the PZD is not a true macro but, because of the 270mm zoom and relatively close minimum focusing distance of the lens you can get close enough to get some very useful close ups in most situations. Plus, with careful focusing you can manage decent sharpness at the same time as you can see from the 100% crop below.

Focus was deliberately aimed the the front headlight area and depth of field set to try and create a typical real life car photo look. Note the image was taken at f18 but due to the extreme zoom the depth of field is shallow. I love the way the print pattern is visible on the model in the 100% crop.

Canon 600D, Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD. Focal length 270mm, Exposure 4sec at f18, ISO 100, Focus manual using LiveView, VC off, Flash none, Filter UV, tripod.


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