Tamron zooms for three formats

Tamron has announced a little something for everyone with a full frame 28-300mm, an Micro Four Thirds 14-150mm, and a Canon M-compatible 18-200mm in staggered release over the next weeks and months.

First cab off the rank is the 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD superzoom lens (Model A010) for full frame SLRs, which should ship in Australia from July 1 at an RRP of $1149.

Product Highlights:
– The advanced optical construction of this lens includes four elements of LD (Low Dispersion) glass, three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one Hybrid Aspherical element, one XR (Extra Refractive Index) glass element, and one element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass, which has a greater refractive index than XR. The full use of specialised glass elements in its design contributes to making this lens as compact and lightweight as possible, while minimising aberrations. Tamron says it’s particularly impressive at the telephoto end;
– The mechanical design incorporates a sophisticated multi-stack-cam layout that takes up far less space, and PZD (Piezo Drive), an autofocus drive system with a simpler, more compact structure, for reduced overall dimensions compared to the current Tamron 28-300mm (Model A20);
– Advanced anti-reflective coating: The application of BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings for suppressing reflections on lens element surfaces minimises unwanted flare and ghosting;
– Upgraded cosmetics: an elegant tungsten silver brand ring, linear pattern rubber grip. Tamron says this ‘accentuates its visceral presence’ – an interesting choice of adjective.
– The PZD (Piezo Drive), a standing-wave ultrasonic motor system, delivers faster, quieter, more precise operation when the autofocus is engaged. Manual focus is ‘easy and intuitive’;
– VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism;
– Circular diaphragm for ‘spectacular blur effects’.

It will be available in both Canon and Nikon mounts.

Tamron-14-150-Di-III-_C001_The Tamron 14-150mm Di III (model C001) will be available in August with an RRP of $849.

It was first announced as being an image-stabilised lens, but Tamron has now dropped that feature, rendering the new lens more attractive to Olympus Micro Four Thirds owners than Panasonic people, as Olympus has image stabilisation built into the body.
Product Highlights:
– Built with one LD (Low Dispersion) glass element, two AD (Anomalous Dispersion) glass elements, two Molded-Glass Aspherical elements and one Hybrid Aspherical element – ‘reducing aberrations to a bare minimum’;
– Compact body with a filter diameter of 52mm;
– A stepping motor provides silent, quick and accurate autofocus, important when shooting vidreo;
– Metal lens barrel exterior is available in two colors: black and silver;
– Using a circular diaphragm, this lens (once again) ‘achieves spectacular background blur effects’. (But I’m not sure you want background blur to be ‘spectacular’ – it would sort of detract from the subject of the composition, dontcha think? Too picky?)

The local price of the 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC for Canon mount (Model B011) is $649.


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