Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens for Canon EF

Model: AFB028C-700

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Weight 1.56 lb (710 g)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.11 x 4.88" (79 x 123.9 mm)
Filter Thread Front: 72 mm


Format Compatibility APS-C
Angle of View 75° 33' - 4°
Minimum Focus Distance 17.72" (45 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2.9
Focal Length 18 - 400mm Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 28.8 - 640 mm
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Elements/Groups 16 / 11
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 6.3Minimum: f/22 - 40
Camera Mount Type Canon EF


Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.34972991
17 January 2018

The Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD covers an incredible zoom range, from wide angle to super telephoto, and while it doesn't match lenses with shorter ratios in image quality, it betters them in convenience.

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    22.2x zoom ratio., Solid image quality., Image stabilization., Moisture-resistant design., 1:2.9 macro magnification., Available for Nikon and Canon SLRs.

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    Wide-open performance suffers beyond 300mm., Shows some chromatic aberration at longer focal lengths., Visible distortion., Focus ring rotates during AF.

Steve s digicams.32814386
25 September 2017

People migrating from a fixed lens camera to a DSLR love the impressive image quality they receive with more advanced camera systems. However, they often find themselves frustrated by the lack of large telephoto lenses at reasonable price points in the DSLR world.

The digital picture.34755376
20 January 2018

While the lens designers have pulled off a first and a feat in getting the awesome 18-400mm focal length range into a light, compact and affordable body, image quality has been set aside.

Digital camera world.35164798
25 August 2018

Tamron's latest DSLR superzoom offers every focal length that most photographers will need in one lens. But is ...

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    Good levels of sharpness for a superzoom, Customisation via optional console, Built-in vibration control

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    Fringing can be noticeable at 300-400mm, Only available for Canon and Nikon APS-C DSLRs, No focus distance on lens barrel

27 January 2018

The Super zoom has always been a popular choice for travel and general photography, although until now there has been a limit on the telephoto end of the scale around 300mm. Now Tamron has pushed the technology beyond that, breaking the 300mm barrier and offering a staggering 18-400mm range.

Techradar uk.32817471
19 January 2018

For overall handling and image quality, the Tamron performs as well as other superzoom lenses like the Sigma 18-300mm and Tamron’s own 16-300mm, despite its extra-long maximum focal length.

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    Class-leading telephoto reach, Mighty zoom range

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    Lacks the Tamron 16-300mm’s wide-angle potential, Focus ring rotates during autofocus

Lenstip com.34355424
7 November 2017

Of course any demanding fan of photography would spot the flaws of the tested lens. If you prefer good image quality across the frame and a better, more efficient autofocus unit it would be more sensible to divide the 18-400 mm range into two lenses.

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    Very universal focal range,, Good image quality in the frame centre,, Proper correction of longitudinal chromatic aberration,, Lack of problems with spherical aberration,, Sensible coma correction at the shortest focal length,, Low vignetting at longer focal lengths,, Efficient image stabilization.

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    Weak image quality at the maximum relative aperture on the edge of the frame and across the whole focal range,, High level of lateral chromatic aberration at 50 and 400 mm,, Significant distortion at 18 mm and in the 35-100 mm focal range,, A bit too high astigmatism,, Slow autofocus which needs...

8 September 2017

Apart from chromatic aberration (which should be correctable in modern cameras), most other aberrations were handled quite well and distortion, though moderate, is easily corrected. The small amount of vignetting we found should have little or no impact on most shots.

Photography blog.34969604
28 July 2017

There are always going to be compromises with such a wide-ranging lens, but somewhat surprisingly Tamron have managed the difficult feat of extending the focal range even further than previous super-zoom lenses and also improving the overall image quality throughout that range, making the Tamron...

23 June 2017

Superzoom lenses have been, and always will be, a popular choice for many photographers. They’re often the first lens people look at after growing out of a standard kit lens and are typically defined by a moderate wideangle start and a reasonably long telephoto finish, differentiating from standard...

User Reviews
1 November 2018

I have been using the Tamron 16-300mm as a walk around lens and I wanted to try the 18-400 for a little extra reach. I have been out on two shoots and so far I am very happy with it. In several hundred shots I did have one instance where I got an error message and had to reboot the camera.

15 September 2018

I wasn't sure how this lenses was going to work out with the specs vs price comparison. Just seemed too good to be true. Fortunately this lens turned out to be well worth it's price. I wanted a lens that could do wide angle shots on the ground as well as telephoto shots of the tops of towers.

4 June 2020

It is great lenses,shooting from different distances from 18 wide angle to 400 telephoto just to see the quality of the image

27 July 2017

I love this Lens. Its a great lens to have for someone who loves to do photography as hobby. I can just take this lens and go. No more carrying multiple lenses. It is surprisingly crisp even at 400mm. The VC works great and auto focus seems pretty quick.

19 January 2018

Since i am getting up in years, I am 74, I was looking to basically downsize my camera gear. I wanted one lens that would be the only lens I had to carry on trips, or just going out shooting. I did research, looked at several lens, Nikon, Sigma, Tokina, and finally decided on the Tamron.

10 January 2018

I use this lenses with my Nikon D500 Wonderful result and great versatility. I bought it to replace my worn out Nikkor 18-200. I would recommend the lense to other amateur photogrhers. I wish I could say the same about my experience picking up the lense at ABT.

7 September 2021

Very nice lens. Have not yet used it much but is a powerful lens

2 October 2018

After searching for the best walk-around solution and reading lots of reviews, I bought this lens 6 weeks ago for my Nikon D7100 and have been thrilled with the results. While the autofocus is not instantaneous and may occasionally search very briefly, it works just fine.

24 December 2018

As a birder who cannot afford the big, fast Canon L series lenses (and since I use a Rebel T6i I do not need full frame), this looked like a perfect answer to stepping up from my the 75-300. So far, only a week and a 500 shots into it, it is meeting my expetations.

25 March 2019

Overall build quality is very good and with good picture quality this super-zoom is hard to beat for the price. Recommended

Product Highlights
  • EF-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 28.8-640mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/40
  • Three LD and Three Aspherical Elements
  • HLD Autofocus Motor
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with TAP-in Console
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In The Box
  • Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens for Canon EF
  • Front Lens Cap
  • SP Rear Lens Cap for Canon EOS Lenses ccvzuaef
  • Petal-Shaped Lens Hood
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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