Tamron has announced the development of the 18-300mm f3.5-6.3, its first lens for Fuji X-mount and Sony E-mount cameras simultaneously. There’s no pricing yet, however both lens mount versions are expected to be ships sometime in the Fall.
Needless to say, the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036), a fast-aperture standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame cameras has been extremely popular. And ever since that lens’ debut in 2018, Tamron has made a commitment to expand its line of lenses for Sony mirrorless cameras.
First Tamron Zoom for Fujifilm X Mount
The new 18-300mm in development, may not cover FF sensors, however there’s plenty of APS-C users out there looking for a reasonably priced all-in-one zoom that can provide stellar images. And of the previous 17-70mm f2.8 for APS-C is any indication for the quality of the upcoming 18-300mm, then we’re in for a treat.
The popularity and wide adoption of these lenses prompted a significant user feedback for Tamron to manufacture high quality zooms for other mirrorless camera systems.
And as of just days ago, The all in one zoom specialist announced the development of their first all-in-one zoom lens for the FUJIFILM X-mount.
Furthermore, the lens will carry the official model name 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD (Model B061), which is indeed a mouthful.
However, it should be noted that Tamron is pitching this lens as “the world’s first all-in-one zoom lens for Sony and FUJIFILM APS-C mirrorless cameras featuring a 16.6x zoom ratio.”
Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD Features
- For APS-C sensors:
- available in Fuji X and Sony E mounts
- Pitched as “the world’s first 16.6x all-in-one zoom”
- Super-fast and precise autofocus; best in class (according to Tamron)
- features Tamron’s VXD linear motor focus mechanism
- 67mm filter diameter
- Minimum Object Distance: 5.9 inches
- Maximum magnification ratio: 1:2 at 18mm wide end
- Outstanding image quality for its class and Image Stabilization (VC in Tamron’s speak)
- Comfortably compact design
- Moisture-Resistant Construction
- Fluorine Coating
- Zoom Lock switch
- Shipping in Fall 2021
- Pricing – TBD /
- B&H has listed the lens here, and you can be notified when pre-orders start.
Linear Focus and Image Stabilization
In addition, the upcoming 18-300mm f3.5-6.3 covers a wide zoom range from approximately 27mm to 450mm (full-frame equivalent focal length). This gives it an impressive 16.6x zoom ratio, enabling photographers to capture all sorts of creative situations.
Another nice touch is the 67mm filter front, which is the same as the 17-70mm f2.8 and also the wide-angle 17-28mm f2.8 and the 28-75mm f2.8 for Sony E.
Of course, the lens comes with an advanced autofocus system; its AF drive system uses the company’s linear motor focus mechanism VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) for exceptional quietness and agile performance.
Furthermore, the lens includes special lens elements arranged precisely to maintain high resolution performance from edge-to-edge and provide high image quality that is among the best of all all-in-one zoom lenses.
The minimum focus distance is just 5.9 inches at the 18mm wide end, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2. Additionally, the lens will be equipped with TAMRON’s proprietary image stabilization system to help users get sharp images even at telephoto focal lengths.
At the moment, Tamron are quiet on pricing, however, their press release states the lenses will ship sometime in the Fall.