Long-zoom bonanza: Tamron launches powerful new zooms for mirrorless and full-frame DSLR


posted Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 7:08 PM EDT


No matter what type of interchangeable-lens camera you own, there's a pretty good chance that Tamron has a new lens for you today. The company has just launched three new long-zoom optics that, together, will be available for five lens mounts, both mirrorless and DSLR.

Perhaps the most interesting of the three is the 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010), a full-frame lens that will be sold in Canon EF and Nikon F-mount versions, with a Sony Alpha-mount version expected to follow. Priced at US$850, this lens will be available for Canon and Nikon mounts on June 26, 2014. Interesting features of the new optic include a piezo-drive autofocus system, vibration compensation system for stabilization, moisture-resistant construction, and Broad-Band Anti-Reflection coatings to reduce flare and ghosting.

Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010) lens.

The 28-300mm A010 lens has a complex formula of 19 elements in 15 groups, including 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 UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass element, as well as a seven-bladed circular aperture diaphragm. The design emphasizes portability, with a diameter of 2.9 inches (74mm), a length of 3.8 inches (96mm), and a weight of 19 ounces (540g).

Tamron 14-150mm Di III (model C001) lens.

Also new is the Tamron 14-150mm Di III (model C001) lens, the company's first All-in-One branded zoom for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Available from June 26, 2014 at a cost of US$590, this lens uses a stepping focus motor. It includes 17 elements in 13 groups, with one LD (Low Dispersion) glass element, two AD (Anomalous Dispersion) glass elements, two Molded-Glass Aspherical elements and one Hybrid Aspherical element among their number. And like the previous optic, it has a seven-bladed, circular aperture. As you'd expect of a mirrorless lens for crop-sensor cameras, it's even more compact, however, with a diameter of 2.5 inches (64mm), a length of 3.2 inches (80mm), and a weight of 10.1 ounces (285g).

Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III(2) VC (Model B011) lens.

The last lens is, technically, not new -- it's just arriving for a new mount. The 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III(2) VC (Model B011) is a variant of the existing Sony E-mount lens for Canon EF-M lens mount, as found in the company's EOS M camera series. It has vibration compensation and stepping motor autofocus, and a 17-element, 13-group design with two (Low Dispersion) elements, three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one XR (high refractive index) element, and one Hybrid Aspherical element. Weighing 16.2 ounces (460g), it has a length of 3.8 inches (97mm) and a diameter of 2.7 inches (68mm). Pricing is set at US$500, with availability from June 26, 2014.