Image: Weighing just 400g, the new Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC is the world’s lightest 18-200mm zoom
AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Macro: £169.99 (Sales date: August 27)
August 6: Independent lens maker Tamron has launched a new lightweight superzoom lens designed for cropped frame (APS-C) digital SLRs. The new 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC tips the scales at just 400 grams and is the successor to the AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Macro lens, which has been one of Tamron’s best-selling lenses since its introduction 10 years ago.
The new 18-200mm VC uses the latest optical and mechanical design to achieve compactness and high performance. The zoom range of 18 to 200mm zoom range is equivalent to 28-310mm in full-frame (35mm) format and the lens includes a vibration control (VC) system to counteract movements while handholding.
A low dispersion (LD) glass element to minimise chromatic aberration is included in the 16 elements in 14 groups optical construction. Tamron says the seven-blade aperture diaphragm maintains an almost perfectly round shape, even at two stops down from its maximum aperture, to deliver desirable and beautiful bokeh with point light sources blurring into naturally rounded shapes. The lens also features moisture-resistant construction that helps prevent damage caused by accidental exposure to damp conditions.
The 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC will be released in both Nikon and Canon mounts simultaneously, with a Sony mount fitting to follow.