Lens Madness! Tamron Announces 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 for Nikon & Canon DSLRs

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Earlier this morning Tamron dropped a bomb on the lens world with the announcement of a new 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD -- the world's first ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras. That's not a typo, Model B028 has a 35mm equivalent of approximately 28-620mm. Madness!!!

Now, it's not the fastest lens at F3.5-6.3 and the 7-blade aperture won't be producing the creamiest bokeh BUT there is weather resistance, 2.5 stops of exposure compensation thanks to Vibration Compensation, a peppy HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive) motor AutoFocus system, TAP-in Console compatibility, and tele-macro capability all stuffed into a lens barrel that's less than five inches long. OH, and don't forget a 22.2x optical zoom range on a DSLR!!

Look, the best way to get optimum sharpness, contrast, color, and bokeh is to pick out the exact right prime lens and move yourself to compose a shot... BUT we've all had that terrible feeling where you picked the wrong lens and an incredible moment flashes by and we're either too wide-angle to see ANYTHING clearly or too telephoto to capture the WHOLE subject in proper context. 

This lens takes away the need to pick the right glass and allows the photographer to just experiment and find the right framing. Plus, it's great for when you're traveling -- save space in your kit -- or when the weather isn't perfect -- let's say you're at the beach on a windy day and the sand is blowing, or you're out in the woods on a drizzly afternoon -- and you can't always swap lenses. AND it costs less than $650. Heck, assuming it's relatively sharp and can focus semi-quickly, this all-in-one lens would be a bargain at anything less than $2,000.

Either way, we can't wait to test this one out later this summer.

KEY FEATURES

  • 18-400mm
  • 28-620mm Equivalent
  • F3.5-6.3 Max Aperture
  • F22-40 Min Aperture
  • 75°33' - 4° APS-C Angle of View
  • 16 elements in 11 groups
  • 17.7 in (0.45m) Minimum Object Distance
  • 1:2.9 Maximum Magnification Ratio
  • Vibration Compensation (VC)
  • 2.5 stops Exposure Compensation
  • 72mm Filter Size
  • 79mm Maximum Diameter
  • Canon & Nikon Compatibility
  • 7 (circular diaphragm) Aperture Blades
  • Dimensions
    • Canon 4.9 in (123.9mm), 25 oz (710g)
    • Nikon 4.8 in (121.4mm), (705g)
  • Flower-shaped lens hood
  • Lens caps

PRICING & AVAILABILITY

The Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028) will be availalbe in Late July (2017) for $649. SeeShe only yes that's exactly what will you

For a more in-depth breakdown, here is Tamron's official press release:

INTRODUCING THE WORLD'S FIRST[1]
ULTRA-TELEPHOTO 
ALL-IN-ONE ZOOM LENS WITH AN EXTENDED RANGE 
 
  
Dramatic extended range achieved by combining cutting-edge optical design and other new breakthrough technologies including a redesigned cam structure
 
18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028)

June 23, 2017, Commack, NY- Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of the new 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028), the world's first ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras, which covers a focal length range of 18-400mm. Since the 1992 launch of its AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical (Model 71D), Tamron has dominated the all-in-one zoom category and has produced many lenses that cover wide-angle to telephoto zoom ranges. Tamron has now developed an ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom that extends to 400mm (35mm equivalent of 620mm) and provides a 22.2x zoom ratio. Packed in a light, compact body (4.8in./24.9oz.)[2] is Tamron's accumulated knowledge and experience for all-in-one zoom lenses, including the most advanced optical and mechanical designs, an HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive) for the AF system and the Vibration Compensation system. Photographers can now enjoy wide-angle to ultra-telephoto photography using one lens, which is ideal for travel photography and eliminates the need to carry extra lenses. The new Model B028 lens enables photographing a wide variety of ultra-telephoto images including everyday casual scenes. The 18-400mm will be available in the U.S. at the end of July at $649.


[1] Among interchangeable lenses for DSLR cameras (As of May 2017; Tamron)
[2] Length and weight are based on the Nikon-mount lens

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
 
1. The world's first ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens to achieve 400mm telephoto
The new Model B028 is the world's first lens for APS-C DSLR cameras that covers a focal length range of 18-400mm and achieves a zoom ratio of 22.2x. The focal length of 400mm on the telephoto end enables the capturing of ultra-telephoto pictures with the 35mm equivalent of 620mm angle of view. Now, with just this one lens, a photographer can readily enjoy the power of ultra-telephoto to bring distant subjects closer as well as the perspective-flattening effects that only extreme telephoto settings can achieve. This all-in-one zoom lens is ideal for travel and everyday shooting. It allows a photographer to switch from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto without changing lenses, making it faster and easier to capture a much wider range of subjects including travel scenes, wildlife, action sports, landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and food.
 
2. Excellent image quality across the entire zoom range, from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto and macro
The optical construction of the B028 consists of 16 lens elements in 11 groups. The use of specialized glass elements such as LD (Low Dispersion) and aspherical lens elements effectively minimizes wide-ranging aberrations, including chromatic aberrations and distortion, thereby assuring outstanding image quality. Optimum power distribution among the individual lens element groups achieves both the optical performance and the compact size necessary for an ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens that boasts 400mm focal length. Also, it enables tele-macro photography with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9.
 
3. Lightweight and compact design exhibits Tamron's basic philosophy for all-in-one zoom lenses
Despite being an all-in-one zoom lens that achieves 400mm ultra-telephoto, Model B028 is light and compact with a total length of 4.8 in. and a weight of 24.9 oz.[3]  A new lens barrel design utilizing three-step extensions was developed to enable the necessary elongation to produce a 22.2x zoom ratio. Compared to the conventional approach, the division into a larger number of cams ensures comfortable operation and stability while zooming. Tamron's philosophy for all-in-one zoom lenses is to allow each photographer to casually capture everyday photos with a lens of a practical size, and Model B028 fulfills this philosophy.
 
4. HLD motor provides high-precision AF and enables compact lens construction
The AF drive system for Model B028 uses Tamron's exclusive HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive) motor. The power-saving HLD motor produces outstanding driving torque, and adjusts motor rotation from low to high speed to enable accurate and quiet focusing. The HLD motor takes up less space thanks to its small size and circular arc shape that allows the size of the lens to be reduced.

5. Equipped with the Vibration Compensation system necessary for ultra-telephotography at 400mm
Despite its compact size, Model B028 is equipped with Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) system, which effectively curbs camera shake under low light conditions (such as a dimly lit room or at dusk) and while taking ultra-telephoto pictures. This greatly expands opportunities for casual handheld shooting. The shake-free stability of the viewfinder image allows for easier framing and enables the photographer to compose the subject quickly and comfortably.
 
6. Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses
The electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses[4]. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a motor through electronic pulse signals.
 
7. User-friendly features for everyday comfortable use
With an eye toward active outdoor photography, Model B028 features Moisture-Resistant Construction to ensure worry-free shooting as well as confidence while shooting under adverse weather conditions. Also, the Zoom Lock mechanism prevents undesired movement of the lens barrel under its own weight when the camera is angled downward while walking.
 
8. Compatible with TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory product
The optional TAP-in Console provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling the user to easily update the lens's firmware as well as to customize features, including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.
 
9. External design placing importance on functionality and ease of use
While inheriting the design that makes use of many organic curves and the delicately polished form down to fine details that characterize the SP lens series, the new Model B028 comes with a highly sophisticated design that also places a lot of importance on the lens's functionality and ease of use, featuring an overall form that faithfully encompasses the internal structures within, a slim Luminous Gold brand ring and the switch shape design. 


[3]Length and weight are based on figures for the Nikon-mount lens.
[4]Available only with cameras compatible with the electromagnetic diaphragm (D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7000, D7100, D7200, D300S, D500) (As of May, 2017; Tamron)

 
Tamron, the pioneer of all-in-one zoom lenses
 
Tamron launched the world's first all-in-one zoom, the AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical (Model 71D), in 1992, thereby establishing this exciting and popular market category and making Tamron truly the pioneer of all-in-one zoom lenses. Because of this innovation, photographers can change the composition and the angle-of-view easily by zooming instead of changing lenses or distance from the subject. This benefit made all-in-one zoom lenses widely popular among consumers all over the world. During developing and refining its lens products over the years, Tamron has developed key innovative technologies such as groundbreaking optical systems, compact lens barrels and complex, high-precision cam configurations-in addition to durable and attractive design aesthetics. Now equipped with Tamron's proprietary Vibration Compensation system, the Tamron all-in-one zoom lenses continue to exceed the user's expectations.
 
Tamron's all-in-one zoom lens products over the years




    LENS EXTERIOR



    OPTICAL CONSTRUCTION

    MTF



 SPECIFICATIONS

Model
: B028
Focal Length
: 18-400mm
Maximum Aperture
F/3.5-6.3
Angle of View (diagonal)
: 75°33' - 4° (for APS-C format)
Optical Construction
:16 elements in 11 groups
Minimum Object Distance
:17.7 in (0.45m)
Maximum Magnification Ratio
1:2.9
Filter Size
: Ø72mm
Maximum Diameter
Ø79mm
Length**
for Canon 4.9 in (123.9mm)
for Nikon 4.8 in (121.4mm)
Weight
for Canon 25 oz (710g)
for Nikon24.9 oz (705g)
Aperture Blades
7 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture
F/22-40
Image Stabilization Performance
: 2.5 stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
(For Canon : EOS-80D is used / For Nikon: D7200 is used)
Standard Accessories
: Flower-shaped lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts
Canon, Nikon
Model
: B028
 
* The minimum object distance may change if camera is used in live view mode.
** Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.

Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. subject to change without notice.


ABOUT TAMRON

Among its many optical and mechanical innovations since the founding of the company in 1950, Tamron's development of mass-produced hybrid Aspherical elements in 1992 paved the way for today's compact high power All-In-One™ lenses. Tamron continues to lead in this category of lenses with the 16-300mm Di II VC PZD Macro - the world's widest All-In-One™ zoom lens at 18.8X range starting at an unprecedented 16mm true wideangle. This compact and versatile lens features Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) system for blur-free hand-held shooting of photos in low light and at telephoto settings, PZD (Piezo Drive) autofocus system for fast and quiet autofocus operation, and macro capability. Tamron's recent SP (Super Performance) lens introductions have received accolades and high praise from leading photographic magazines and websites for their outstanding best-in-class performance. The redefining of the SP series has resulted in the launch of four prime lenses thus far-SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD, SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD, SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD and SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD- as well as the ultra-telephoto SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 and the new SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2. All are designed to meet the requirements of today's high pixel-density full-frame DSLR cameras. Tamron has garnered international acclaim for its extensive line-up of professional and consumer lenses.

Optical Product Line-up:
Interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras, digital camera lenses, video camera lenses, lenses for automotive applications, IP and CCTV lenses, lenses for long wavelength infrared cameras, ultra-precision optical components and more. 
 
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