Tamron announces the world's first 18.8x zoom lens for DSLR camerasAlongside their 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DI VC PZD announcement, Tamron has released information about an all new 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DI II VC PZD Macro lens. This, "high-power zoom lens", is designed to be used with Canon, Nikon, and Sony APS-C DSLRs (aka crop bodies). To learn all about this new model, see their official press release below.
Tamron ANNOUNCEs THE DEVELOPMENT OF a
cutting-edge high-power zoom lens with AN expanded focal length RANGE providing
The World's First zoom ratio of approximately 18.8X
16-300MM F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (Model B016)
A high-performance, high-power zoom lens that delivers focal lengths extending from an unprecedented 16mm at the wide-angle end up to a long-range telephoto 300mm!
Incorporates PZD (Piezo Drive) and Tamron's exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation)system to further enhance the real-world performance of this next-generation "all-around lens", which makes taking photographs more convenient and enjoyable.
February 6, 2014, Saitama, Japan. - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the development of an advanced new All-In-One™ zoom lens, designed exclusively for DSLRs with APS-C size image sensors, that provides an amazing 18.8X zoom ratio. The lens sample will be on display at the Tamron booth at the CP+ 2014, which will be held from February 13 to 16 in Yokohama, Japan.
Since the launch in 1992 of the 28-200mm (Model 71D) high-power zoom lens - which featured a revolutionary compact, lightweight design - Tamron has been continually expanding its portfolio of world-class optics to benefit consumers.
Tamron previously launched an 18-270mm (Model B008) All-In-One™ zoom lens exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors that features a 15X zoom ratio, superior image quality, swift, quiet AF, and Tamron's acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, in an ultra-compact package. This ground-breaking lens has won major plaudits throughout the world.
Responding to consumers' demand for expanded focal lengths both at the wide-angle end of the zoom range and the telephoto end, Tamron has begun development of a completely new All-In-One™ zoom lens design that provides an impressive focal length range extending from 16mm true wide-angle to 300mm super-telephoto.
Detailed Feature Explanation
PZD (Piezo Drive)
VC (Vibration Compensation)
Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) system uses a three-coil system. This system employs three coils that move the VC lens elements electromagnetically via three ceramic ball bearings. The VC lens elements are held in place only by contact with the ceramic ball bearings, thus achieving smooth movement with little friction. This provides a stable viewfinder image with enhanced image stabilization and excellent tracking performance.
PZD (Piezo Drive) is a standing-wave type ultrasonic motor system developed by Tamron. It delivers outstanding speed and quiet operation in the AF mode. It also provides greater flexibility in design compared with ring-type ultrasonic motors, thus contributing to reduced lens size.
 VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron's proprietary tri-axial image stabilization mechanism
 Length is the distance between the front tip of the lens and the mount face.
 This circular diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even when taken at two stops down from its maximum aperture.
 The Sony mount model does not include VC, since the bodies of Sony DSLR cameras include built-in image stabilization functionality. The name of the Sony mount model is "16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Macro" without the VC designation
"New Eyes for Industry" is Tamron's philosophy. This creed is consistent with the company's position as a comprehensive manufacturer of a wide range of original optical products, from interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras to various optical devices for both the general consumer and OEM. Tamron makes optical products that contribute to a range of different industries and will continue to devote its rich creativity and leading-edge technical prowess to various industrial fields. Furthermore, Tamron is fully aware of its responsibility to the environment and aspires to help preserve the natural environment in all of its business activities. Among its many optical and mechanical innovations since the founding of the company in 1950, Tamron's development of mass-produced hybrid Aspherical elements paved the way for today's compact high power All-In-One™ lenses when, in 1992, this technology was incorporated into the ground-breaking 28-200mm. Tamron continues to lead in this category of lenses with the 18-270mm Di II VC PZD - the world's smallest and lightest 15X All-In-One™ zoom lens featuring Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) system for blur-free hand-held shooting of photos in low light and at telephoto settings and PZD (Piezo Drive) autofocus system for fast and quiet autofocus operation. 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. 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, CCTV and IP lenses, lenses for long wavelength infrared cameras, ultra-precision optical components and more.