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Unveiled: New Lenses from Tamron


Tamron has made great efforts in the world of optics, attested to here by the release of a 14-150mm lens for Micro Four Thirds (a first for Tamron), an 18-200mm lens for the Canon EOS M, and a 28-300mm lens for Canon, Nikon, and Sony DSLRs. These all-in-one zooms give you everything from wide-angle to super telephoto in nice, compact packages.

14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III Lens for Micro Four Thirds

Proving that the company caters to everyone’s needs, Tamron has developed its first Micro Four Thirds lens, in the form of the 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III zoom lensA stepping motor is featured for speedy, near-silent autofocus for video or stills, and internal focusing allows the 14-150mm to maintain its compact profile at all focal lengths, while preventing the 52mm filter thread from rotating. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 19.7" at 150mm and a magnification ratio of 1:3.8. Other noteworthy inclusions to the 14-150mm lens are a zoom lock to prevent lens creep and a circular 7-bladed diaphragm for smooth out-of-focus areas. This lens measures just 3.2" long, making it a great travel lens for your mirrorless camera kit. The lens is available in Black or Silver and comes with a petal-shaped lens hood.

18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Canon EOS M

The 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens, at present, is the only AF wide-angle-to-telephoto lens available in a native EF M mount. With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 29-320mm, this lens can expand your shooting capabilities, while minimizing the need to change lenses. It also features a reproduction ratio of 1:3.7 and a minimum focusing distance of just 19.7" at 200mm.

A handy additional feature is a Vibration Compensation system that reduces the appearance of camera shake in your images. Also, incorporated into the 18-200mm is a stepping-motor autofocus drive for quick and quiet focusing. This can be easily fine-tuned using Direct Manual Focus capability when needed. The zoom focuses internally, allowing for a non-rotating front filter thread. Another interesting asset is the inclusion of a zoom lock to prevent lens creep. Aspherical and low-dispersion glass elements help control distortion and aberrations, and extra-refractive elements maintain the lens's compact size. The EF-M mount version is available in Black or Silver and includes a petal-shaped lens hood.

28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Nikon, Canon, and Sony DSLRs

For DSLR shooters, Tamron has released the full-frame-compatible 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens in Nikon F-mount, Canon EF-mount, and Sony A-mount versions. Its durable moisture-resistant design enables you to shoot in inclement weather. The optical stack in this zoom implements Extra Refractive Index and Ultra-Extra Refractive Index glass elements, reducing the lens’s weight. Four low-dispersion elements, three molded-glass aspherical elements, and one hybrid aspherical-glass element minimize aberrations and ensure optimal image quality.

A Piezo Drive ultrasonic focusing motor provides speedy, accurate autofocus, and Vibration Compensation is included on the Canon and Nikon versions. The Sony version lacks VC due to the implementation of in-body image stabilization in many Sony camera bodies. Improved image quality is realized, thanks to the circular 7-blade diaphragm, for smooth out-of-focus areas. The lens is available in Canon EF mount, Nikon F mount, and Sony A mount and includes a petal-shaped lens hood.

  14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III Lens 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens
for Canon EOS M
28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds Canon EF-M Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A (Full-Frame & APS-C)
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent) 28-300mm 29-320mm Nikon & Sony APS-C (1.5x): 42-450mm
Canon APS-C (1.6x): 44.8-480mm
Maximum Aperture f/3.5-5.8 f/3.5-6.3 f/3.5-6.3
Minimum Aperture f/22 f/22-40 f/22-40
Angle of View 75°22' - 8°15' 75°33' - 7°59' Full-Frame: 75°23' - 8°15'
APS-C: 52°58' - 5°20'
Minimum Focusing Distance 19.7" (50 cm) at 150mm 19.7" (50 cm) at 200mm 19.3" (49 cm) at 300mm
Magnification 0.26x 0.27x 0.29x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3.8 1:3.7 1:3.5
Autofocus Motor Stepping-motor (STM) Stepping-motor (STM) Piezo Drive (PZD) standing-wave ultrasonic
Image Stabilization Not specified by manufacturer Yes Nikon & Canon: Yes
Sony: No
Weather Resistance No No Moisture-resistant
Lens Construction 17 elements / 13 groups 17 elements / 13 groups 19 elements / 15 groups
Diaphragm Blades 7, circular 7 7, circular
Filter Ring Diameter 52mm 62mm 67mm
Dimensions 2.5 x 3.2" (63.5 x 81.3mm) 2.7 x 3.8" (68.6 x 96.5mm) 2.9 x 3.8" (74.4 x 96.5mm)
Weight 10.1 oz (286 g) 16.2 oz (459 g) 1.2 lb (539 g)
Compatibility All Micro Four Thirds mount digital cameras Canon EOS M Mirrorless Digital Camera Canon full-frame and APS-C film and digital SLR cameras with EF mount;
Nikon digital SLR cameras with F mount, and F4 and newer film SLR cameras;
Sony DSLR cameras with A mount

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Tamron needs to launch the 14-150mm Di III VC version for the micro 4/3 user. All Panasonic bodies,except for GX7, have no image stabilization.  

28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens - how much is this lens?

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sounds like some good lenses. Since they are making a Canon Mirrorless lens does anyone know if they are planning a Sony FE mount? It would be nice to have a Tamron or Sigma option.

While Sigma and Tamron do have some E-mount lenses for APS-C size sensor cameras, I don’t know what plans they might have for releasing full frame E-mount lenses.  I haven’t seen any announcements from either manufacturer about this, and until they made an announcement we wouldn’t know what they might be working on.

Shame on Tamron for providing no OIS on the 14-150 for m4/3 while putting it on most of the res of the lenses. Only the most expensive Olympus bodies will be able to stabilize 300mm EFL so many Olympus and all Panasonic users will have to look elsewhere. Incredibly short-sighted move by Tamron, previously one of my favourite lens companies. I am so disappointed.

Do you mean only the E-P5 and OM-D models? I have an E-PM2 and the Olympus 40-150mm lens works fine. I normally try to keep shutter speed at or above 1/250 when at 150mm.