Tamron has today unveiled what it claims is the smallest, lightest 15x travel zoom lens – featuring a new Piezo AF motor.

The Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD is designed to be used on DSLRs with an APS-C-size imaging sensor.

?The lens features a newly-developed Piezo ultrasonic motor which ensures a silent, precise and extraordinarily fast autofocus,? claims Tamron which adds that vibration correction technology has been improved to allow for a more compact lens design.

The 450g lens is due to arrive in the UK in ?limited quantities? in mid-December, priced £649.99.

Technical specifications, as supplied by Tamron:

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

Maximum magnification ratio: 1: 3.8 (at f=270mm: MFD 0.49m)

Filter size: φ62mm

Length: 88mm

Entire Length: 96.4mm

Diameter: φ74.4mm

Weight: 450g

No. of diaphragm blades: 7

Minimum aperture: F/22 – 40

Standard accessories: Flower-shaped lens hood

Compatible mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sony