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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tamron 18-270mm Auto Focus All-In-One Zoom Lens - Mother's Day Review & Giveaway - ends 5/14 US

I received a Tamron AF 18-270mm Lens from Tamron for this review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% my own.


As a mother, I have always loved taking pictures of my family and the lovely scenery around me.  We thought in 2006 that it was time to upgrade our little Olympus point-and-shoot (which I still have) to a more professional camera that we could exchange lenses with.  We chose the Nikon D40 which came with an 18-55mm lens, and we also bought another Nikon lens that zoomed to 200mm.  I found that over the years it became a bit of a hassle to always exchange the lenses as I wanted to be careful not to ruin the mount nor get any dust (plentiful here in the desert) inside the camera body.

Taken with my little old Olympus Point and Shoot
We are so thankful to Tamron USA for sponsoring this Mother's Day review for you, my readers.  We gladly welcomed into our family the Tamron 18-270mm auto focus zoom lens with Vibration Compensation and Piezo Drive for digital SLR cameras.  This is an all-in-one lens that eliminates the need to change lenses from a standard to a zoom lens.  

The last few weeks of taking shots has really been so delightful.  Everyone has been taking so many pictures of little flowers to pictures of what little snow is left on the mountains.  We love that we did not have to change lenses from taking the scenery shots to the portraits of the family for Easter.


We decided to head to Big Bear Lake to show the zoom capability of the Tamron AF 18-270mm lens.  I stood next to the Big Bear Lake dam and took pictures down towards the Solar Planetarium around three and a half miles away.  The first picture the focal length of the lens was at 18mm with the planetarium way in the distance.  I gradually increased the focal length to 270mm as noted on the pictures.  These pictures are all full size, so just click to see the details.



Again, I took a series of three pictures of the mountain behind our home at 18mm, 100mm, and at 270mm.   The detail of the mountain is very clear at 270mm.  We have never been able to get this quality before.




We were surprised to find a raven on top of this "Lizard Head" rock.
How nice it is to have the perfect all-in-one lens that focuses with perfection quickly and accurately!  On my old zoom lens, my auto focus has not been working so keen as of late.  We have been manually focusing the old Nikon lens.   For me, that means that I must get my reading glasses out to focus properly.   The ability of the Tamron 18-270mm lens to focus so quickly, quietly, and with such precision is due to the unique Piezo Drive technology (PZD) of Tamron.  Check out the video to see how this lightweight piezoelectric technology works.


Not only will the Tamron 18-270mm lens give you great portraits and zoom shots quickly, but will also keep the shots more clearly in focus with its Vibration Compensation (VC) feature.  I tend to shake the camera when I take close up shots.  They just end up blurred so I delete and retake.  The Tamron lens VC system will help eliminate the blurry pictures.  This feature can be turned on or off on the side of the lens.  I find with my shakiness, I just leave it on.  Here are two pictures below to show the VC feature of the lens.


Desert Broom
Do you notice the clarity of the flowers with the VC turned on? 


There are so many great features to this Tamron lens!  Another feature I like is the ability to lock the lens in place so that it won't extend out to the 270mm focal length while you have the camera strung on your neck. 

On the other side of the lens is the Auto Focus (AF) to Manual Focus (MF) switch.  I still like to try my hand at manual focusing.  It's fun to experiment.  Below that switch if the Vibration Compensation (VC) switch to turn that feature off and on.  The lens is at the 18mm wide angle setting with the included lens hood.


Here is the lens shown to its full focal length of 270mm and the petal-shaped lens hood.  The lens hood helps to protect the lens of the camera and to keep light flares off of your images.  Tamron recommends that it stay on the lens unless it gets in the way of your shots.  Generally it might get in the way of flash photography of closer objects.


The Tamron 18-270mm is an award winning camera lens!  It has won three awards - the two shown on the box and the Professional Photographer Hot One Winner of 2012.

          

When you buy a Tamron lens, be sure to register it.  The 18-270mm lens comes with Tamron's outstanding warranty protection for six years.  Tamron also knows that it is hard to be without your lens, so if you have any problems with your lens, Tamron guarantees your lens to be fixed within 3 business days!

Who wants to take great pictures, either wide angle or zoom, without having to change the lens? My family does!  It is so nice to take great pictures with the all-in-one Tamron 18-270mm AF Lens with VC and PZD for our Nikon D40.


Buy it! The Tamron 18-270mm lens will make a great hit this Mother's Day as the lens to use to take great portraits of Mom and the family.  Not only on Mother's Day, but this lens would give you great pictures all year long!  This lens has a retail price of $449.00, and you can buy it at any Tamron authorized dealers.  I did find it at Amazon for less, plus right now, Tamron is offering a $70 mail-in rebate that is valid from April 1 to June 30, 2014 on this lens.  You can find the pdf on the link above to claim your rebate.

Please note: the Tamron 18-170mm lens fits the following digital camera mounts: Nikon, Canon, and Sony with an A-mount.  (The Sony mount does not include the VC image stabilization functionality, as the body of the Sony digital SLR camera includes image stabilization functionality.)  

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In celebration of Mother's Day, Tamron USA is giving away the 18-270mm lens to one lucky person with a compatible camera.  Please do not enter if you do not have a digital Nikon, Canon, or Sony A-mount camera.  This giveaway is for US residents only, and will end on May 14, 2013.  By entering this giveaway you agree to the terms and conditions as stated on the bottom of the GT form.




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124 comments:

  1. the lens has LD glass and aspherical optics, that work together to give you crisp, colorful and faithful images.

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  2. The lens combats camera shake-related image blur, and with my hands sounds good to me.

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  3. You only need one lens for every moment. I don't have a camera yet as I am in the process of checking many of them out.

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  4. BTW, I love the photos. I cannot wait until we get some sunshine and warm weather other than snow.

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  5. Not only will the Tamron 18-270mm lens give you great portraits and zoom with Vibration Compensation (VC) feature.

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  6. It'll fit my Canon and helps reduce image blur.. great for when I'm zooming in!

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  7. Hello, I learned that the lense features special piezoelectric technology which delivers faster, quieter precision autofocusing. Sounds nice and quiet. I have a Canon t2i and found that this lens will fit it. Yeah! Thanks for a great giveaway!
    trishden948(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. I have the 18-200 mm lens and love it. It's my all around, but I sure would love to be able to zoom further. I have a Canon T1i but would like to upgrade to the 70D which this lens will fit also!

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  9. It has a 15x zoom! This lens would work on my rebel xt, but I would share it with my sister. She has a rebel 3ti and is a new mom.

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  10. Love the image stabilization option on this lens! I have almost given up on zoom lenses but the quality pics coming from this make it look like a good option. I shoot with a Canon 7D.
    Amber R.

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  11. Piezo drive is awsome. Ive got a nikon d5300

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  12. My name is Marcus and I have a cannon t1i rebel. I have always had a passion for photography and this is such an awesome camera. From what I read above I'd have to say one of the key features about this Awesome lens is the Vibration Control. That truly makes a world of difference whether it be up close on a portrait shot or long away. I like to take pictures of birds and they have a tendency to not be the best "model" but they are beautiful creatures I can only imagine how great this lens would do.

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  13. Can't lose with Tamron. The VC rocks.

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  14. Ah! I now see that the lock feature is on my Tamron 18-200 lens on my Sony A700. But would love to have that extra range provided by the 18-270.

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  15. fabulous giveaway. Thank you so much for the chance to win

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  16. What a great walk around lens for my Canon!

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  17. It would be for my Canon camera...how great is this prize!!!!

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  18. I learned that this lens is the world’s lightest, smallest 15x zoom optimized for use on APS-C- DSLRs. I have a Canon. Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  19. The 18-270 would compliment my Tamron 200=500lens for my Canon 50D. The 3.5 allows for more light for faster shutter speeds which I use for nature photography.

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  20. learned that this lens is the world’s lightest, smallest 15x zoom optimized for use on APS-C- DSLRs. I have a Canon

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  21. I love that this is great for wildlife photos because of image quality! I will use it with my Nikon!
    Carly D.

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  22. I learned that it has a Low dispersion (LD) glass elements in a lens help reduce chromatic aberration; the tendency of light of different colors to come to different points of focus at the image plane. I have a Canon DSLR

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  23. I am now sure if my first comment worked. I learned that it has a Low dispersion (LD) glass elements in a lens help reduce chromatic aberration; the tendency of light of different colors to come to different points of focus at the image plane. I own a Canon DSLR

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  24. I larned how Tamron's exclusive tri-axial VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization will prevent that camera shake-related image blur. I often get blurry pictures because of shaky hands! I have the Canon Rebel t3 which i believe this lens will work on :)

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  25. I learned that allows handheld shooting at as many as four shutter speeds slower than otherwise possible with a dramatically stable viewfinder experience. Compactness and light weight are preserved, thanks in part to the VC mechanism's newly-developed moving coil mechanism. I have a Canon 70D.

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  26. The lens helps to counter the dreaded shake monster!! May I just say that this is one of the more drool-worthy giveaways that I've seen in a while. And though I know brownie points aren't going to help me here, I have to say that you did a heck of a job with writing all of this up. If I win this, I'll throw it on my Nikon and take a picture of my ear-to-ear smile for you.

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  27. I have been wanting to buy a good quality 35mm digital camera for ages...if I win this might push me to make a decision.

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  28. I learned that is has PZD technology and is worlds lightest weight and 15x zoom is optimized. I would use it with our EOS Rebel T3 camera.

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  29. I see that it fits both my Canon Rebel and my Nikon DX.

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  30. I learned that the lens has the world’s lightest, smallest 15x zoom optimized for use on APS-C- DSLRs. I would love to use it with my Canon!!

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  31. I learned that the camera will help with the anti shake capability.

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  32. I learned that the image quality far exceeds typical kit lens capabilities. it would be for our Nikon dlsr

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  33. I learned that it features both LD glass and aspherical optics and that it will fit the EOS Rebel T3! -Jenna Osborne

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  34. Anti-Shake Capability-very helpful when trying to get two year old twins to look at you, standing in awkward angles to get the right composition.

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  35. I have learned learned that this lens is the world’s lightest,and also helps with the anti shake capability.amazing giveaway ty for the chance.

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  36. I learned that it has a 6 Year Limited Warranty valid for USA and that it will fit the Canon Rebel!


    ellen beck on rafflecopter

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  37. I would love to win this camera because the only camera I have is my sisters old sony cybershot point and shoot and it barely works anymore.

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  38. This lens helps with shaking issues. It would fit on the Nikon and Canon cameras we have.

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  39. I have a Cannon Rebel t 2, I have a efs 18-55vmm and efs 55-250 mm with image stabilizer, but I am looking for a wide angle lens for my cannon.

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  40. I like how it works against camera shake-related image blur (an issues I sometimes get). I have a Canon T3i that I think this would be perfect for

    jmcharries@cox.net

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  41. I love that they are doing a 70 dollar mail in rebate right now on these. This would fit on the Canon

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  42. It fits on my Nikon DSLR body. I have an old Nikon D200.

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  43. It helps reduce image blur which is fantastic because we take alot of action shots!

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  44. well, I learned that the lens has stabilization which is a good thing for me, given my infamously shaky hands! I have a Canon Rebel XLS.

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  45. the lens has LD glass and aspherical optics, that work together to give you crisp, colorful and faithful image

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  46. I learned it has " Zoom Lock (ZL), a simple convenience feature that prevents undesired extension of the lens barrel when carrying the camera/lens unit on a neck strap."

    Like you, I have the Nikon D-40.

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  47. I learned - Focal length is the distance between a lens’ nodal point and the camera's image plane (in millimeters). I own a Canon Rebel DSLR.

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  48. I learned it has a 6 six warranty. It want fit my Nikon camera I use but I want one it will fit! I have a Canon Rebel it would fit but it is 35mm, LOL!

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  49. I have a canon. I learned that it has a incredible 15x zoom range provides a 35mm picture angle equivalency of 28mm to 419mm.

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  50. Very cool lens learned that this is the world’s lightest, smallest 15x zoom optimized for use on APS-C- DSLRs

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  51. I learned that the zoom is 15x optical. I would use it on my canon camera.

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  52. I learned that it is the smallest 15x zoom optimized for use on APS-C- DSLRs. And there is also a $70 rebate available now. I have a Canon REbel Xsi camera.

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  53. I have a Canon T4i camera and this lens will make a great all around lens for everything from family pictures to vacation photos. I especially like that it has a quiet piezoelectric motor drive for focusing and vibration control to help steady those telephoto shots.

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  54. What a wonderful lens this would be on my Nikon DSLR! The zoom lock...the anti shake....and the LD glass for the most crisp pictures....along with the 15x optical.....what more would you need in a lens? Fingers crossed!

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  55. It helps reduce image blur and would fit on my Canon!

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  56. I learned that the special piezoelectric technology offers a faster, quieter precision autofocusing. In any form of photography, a quick autofocus is imperative. I have a Canon 6D that this lens will fit. While it's not an APS-C sensor, I could still get some incredible usage out of this lens. My current Canon lens only goes up to 105mm.

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  57. Camera shake is a frequent problem in low-light photography, so I LOVE that the Tamron 18-270mm features special low-friction ball bearings around the optical area to help reduce blur. This would be great for either of my cameras: a Nikon D7000, or my Canon EOS 60D. Thank you for the opportunity to win! :D

    Jenn, x@jenn.nu
    http://www.jenn.nu

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  58. It's working towards a great all-in-one lens, with it's weight, zoom size, etc. This lens would fit on my Canon Rebel Xt. This would be such a great lens to have. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  59. I love that it says "Your lens changing days may be over"! That would be so awesome! I have a Canon that this baby would fit perfectly! and I voted for you!

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  60. The lens has LD glass and aspherical optics! This would make my day to win! This lens would fit on my canon camera!

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  61. The vibration stabilization is probably one of the most useful features in this particular lens. Especially when you are taking those shots zoomed to the full 270mm when the slightest nudge will mess up your photo. It would go perfectly with my wife's D7000 as a Mother's Day present <3

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  62. i have a nikon d90 i love that this lens has precision autofocusing so i can learn easily. i'm a beginner but i love my camera and i wouldnt trade it for the world. i want to collect some more lens though so i can perfect photography

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  63. I learned that Di-II lenses are performance-engineered expressly for digital SLR cameras with image sensors commonly referred to as APS-C, measuring approximately 24mm x 16mm.

    I have a Canon Rebel Xt.

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  64. The Tamron USA lens should fit our Canon camera. I learned that, "Tamron's exclusive tri-axial VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization ... combats camera shake-related image blur."

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  65. I learned that the Tamron VC combats blur -- similar to what the Steadi-cam device does for movie cameras in movie productions

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  66. That their lens are versatile Just One lens. Every moment.

    Unparalleled compositional freedom and uncommon imaging performance designed for everyday convenience and agility. Your lens changing days may be over.

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  67. I love that this lens only weighs just under a pound. I have a back injury, so it's important that my equipment be light weight.

    (I said I commented as Alena@TheHomemadeCreative before realizing I couldn't.)

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  68. I learned about the Internal Focusing (IF) System. I have a Canon

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  69. I learned that this great lens is designed for handheld shooting without image blur. It uses an exclusive new Vibration Compensation (VC) system. Cool. I'd use it with my Nikon D60.

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  70. I have a Canon, the stabilization thing for the blur and vibration is amazing on this lens, it'd be perfect. Thanks for the chance to win

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  71. I don't think my first comment posted? Please email me if it didn't :)

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    1. Chantelle, I did check, and I did not find your first comment.

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    2. Thanks for double checking! Would hate to lose such an amazing prize because a comment mistake :) In that case: I learned about the state-of-the-art-one zoom versatility and image quality, and I have two different canons in our home

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  73. I have the 18-200mm lens and this seems like it could be a lighter alternate.

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  74. I learned about the built in Vibration Compensation (VC) system! I have a canon body this would be great for!

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  75. I have a Nikon film camera but I'm working on getting an SLR. I've been saving my pennies! I also learned that the macro mag ration is 1:3.8 It would be funny to get the lens before the camera!

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  76. I like that it has auto and manual focus. I have a canon that I would use it with.

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  77. I learned that this lens is the world’s lightest, smallest 15x zoom optimized for use on APS-C- DSLRs. I would use it on my Nikon!

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  78. I think it's neat that this lens is the world’s lightest, smallest 15x zoom. This would be great when we out taking pics of our kids. I would get this for my husband's Nikon.

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  79. learned that it is the smallest 15x zoom optimized for use on APS-C- DSLRs.

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  80. I learned about the VC (vibration compensation) system in this lens. I have a Nikon.

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  81. I learned about the VC (vibration compensation) system in this lens. I have a Nikon.

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  82. I learned that as an amateur photographer, this lens will aid me in many ways to grow as a photographer and take my photography to the next level.

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  83. I learned that the In-Lens Stabilization System compensate hand-shaking by shifting the optical lenses! I'm not sure what model my camera is, but I have a Canon.

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  84. I've always been impressed with the quality of Tamron lenses. I'd be really interested to play with this lens. My biggest lens is an 18-200 so to play with an 18-270 would be fun! This lens is compact, whereas my behemoth of a lens is heavy and large. Also, I have a Canon digital SLR!

    mnmjen@hotmail.com

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  85. I learned that you don't have to switch lenses all the time when you have it

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  86. I love that the Vibration Compensation delivers blur free images. I am usually chasing my 2 year old to take her picture, so this is very important to me! I checked, and it is compatible with my Nikon D3200:)

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  87. I learned it has an exclusive tri-axial VC (Vibration Compensation) for image stabilization. (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

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  88. I've been wanting a Tamron lens for awhile now. Love this one because of it's state-of-the-art-one zoom versatility and image quality. I have a Canon Rebel T3i.

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  89. My daughter has a sony and I learned the lens changing days may be over with this lens.

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  90. I learned that it has Special piezoelectric technology that delivers faster, quieter precision autofocusing.

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  91. It'll fit my fiance's Canon. It'll help prevent blur.

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  92. I have a Canon T3i and this lens is a great all around travel lens. This lens would allow me to carry only one lens when I travel or hike while covering a broad focal length.

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  93. It will work great for my Nikon 5100! And I like the hood, to keep back light out of your shots. And I like that it works for so many different shots, you don't have to switch between a bunch of lenses since this one does it all!

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  94. I learned that this lens is the world’s lightest, smallest 15x zoom optimized for use on APS-C- DSLRs. I have a Canon Camera.

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  95. Would love this for our Nikon camera! The pictures look great :)

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  96. I learned that it has special features for people like me who shake when taking pictures, to prevent the picture from bluring.
    Diane Baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

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  97. It helps reduce image blur on my Nikon D200 camera

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  98. I have a t3i Camera and I learned that this camera has precision autofocusing. Reduces blur super fast.

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  99. You take beautiful photos. I learned that the Special piezoelectric technology now delivers faster, quieter precision autofocusing. Tamron's exclusive tri-axial VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization, featuring three pairs of driving coils and low-friction ball bearings placed around the VC optical group, combats camera shake-related image blur.

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  100. I learned it was light and small with precise autofocus and will fit my cannon

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  101. OMGoodness, this would just make this mommy's whole year!! I LOVE that this is the lightest 15x zoom around, & the image stabilization is icing on the delicious cake! Lol) I would be beyond excited to use this on my Canon 6d!! Thanks for the sweet chance, good luck all!

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  102. I learned it has a six year warranty. I have a canon this could do wonders on

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  103. I learned that it weighs slightly less than 1 pound. I have a Nikon D3200 camera and would LOVE to have this lens.

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  104. Tamron Di-II lenses are engineered expressly for digital SLR cameras* with image sensors commonly referred to as APS-C, measuring approximately 24mm x 16mm. Rendering an ideal image circle for APS-C sensors, Di-II lenses are also include properties to optimize digital imaging performance.

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  105. It's the lightest, smallest 15x zoom optimized for use on APS-C- DSLR. I'd use it on my Nikon.

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  106. I learned that it has a 6 Year Limited Warranty! I'd love it for my Nikon, especially for our vacation this summer.

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  107. It would fit and I would uuse it on my EOS Rebel T3. My favorite feature is that it jas a 15x zoom around but yet still weights just under 1 pound. I would love to take it with me on the road trip to the oregon coast.

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  108. VC allows handheld shooting at as many as four shutter speeds slower than otherwise possible. I have a canon T3i,

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  109. i learned that it combats camera shake-related image blur. i have a nikon.

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  110. Perfect- it will fit my husbands Canon and help reduce blurry pics

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  111. This will fit my Canon and make my gorgeous pictures even more gorgeous and crisp. Can't beat that!

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  112. They claim it is the world's lightest for its size, which is helpful for me as I have weak arms. They also have a 3 business day repair service!
    I like the flower petal cap for the end of the lens.

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    1. I forgot to mention, it would fit my husbands Nikon DSLR.
      thanks!

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  113. Low dispersion (LD) glass elements in a lens help reduce chromatic aberration, which reduces the sharpness of an image.
    I have a newer digital SLR. This would be perfect!

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  114. I have a nikon d40 and I have learned this lens is very light weight

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  115. I learned that there is an Instant serial number verification to insure that you have purchased a Tamron USA imported lens with 6-Year Limited USA Warranty

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  116. I do like that we have a wide range, from 18 to 270 and to get real close to the action. I also have a 450D that I would be using this with.

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  117. Learned today that this lens is one of the smallest and lightest of its kind, with beautiful autofocus and zoom.

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    1. And I have a Nikon D5200 that I could use this lens for.

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  118. I just recommended this lens to someone the other day.

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  119. Image stabilization, 15x zoom and low chromatic aberration for such a wide zoom range. Would use it on my EOS T3i

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