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Tamron Announces Lightweight 18-200mm Zoom Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

6 August 2015

Tamron has updated its 18-200mm zoom, one of its best-sellers over the past 10 years, with a lightweight modern optical design that delivers optical stabilization, moisture resistance and faster autofocus in a 14.1 oz. package.


Designed for APS-C camera bodies from Canon, Nikon and Sony, the new 18-200mm zoom adds image stabilization in the Canon and Nikon versions while covering a 35mm equivalent focal range of 28-310mm. With a seven-blade aperture, low dispersion glass and quiet, fast focusing, the zoom also comes in at a very attractive price of $249.

Tamron said that because Sony dSLR camera bodies include image stabilization functionality that feature is omitted on the Sony version of the lens.

Tamron also said that the 18-200's moisture resistance is not intended to protect the lens underwater or in heavy rain.


Full specifications for the lens follow:

Focal Length 18-200mm
35mm equivalent: 28-310mm
Maximum Aperture Wide angle: f3.5
Telephoto: 6.3
Minimum Aperture Wide angle: f22
Telephoto: f40
Angle of View (diagonal) 75°33' ~ 7°59'
Optical Construction 16 elements in 14 groups
Minimum Object Distance 0.49m/19.3 in.
At 35mm, 180mm: ~0.77m/30.3 in.
At f18, 200mm: 0.5m /19.7 in.
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:4 (at f=200mm: MOD 0.5m)
Filter Size 62mm
Maximum Diameter 75mm
Length Canon: 96.6mm (3.8 in.)
Nikon 94.1mm (3.7 in.)
Weight 400g (14.1 oz.)
Aperture Blades 7 (circular diaphragm)
Standard Accessories Flower-shaped lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon, Sony


The 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B018)will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts, with the Canon and Nikon mounts available first on Aug. 20 for $249, $50 more than its predecessor.

Adorama is accepting pre-orders for the Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts now. And B&H is as well.

For more information see the news release below.

New Tamron 18-200mm zoom Is the Lightest in the World

High-performance lens features VC image stabilization, improved AF and weighs just 14.1 oz.

SAITAMA CITY, Japan -- Tamron Co., Ltd. has announced the introduction of a new high-performance lens that zooms from 18 to 200mm for APS-C dSLR cameras.

The new 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B018) is the successor to AF 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A14), which has been one of Tamron's best-selling lenses since its introduction 10 years ago. The new 18-200mm VC uses the most modern optical and mechanical design to achieve compactness and high performance. Incorporating image stabilization, the 18-200mm VC delivers superior image quality and is the lightest zoom in its class.

Tamron made full use of its long experience and expertise as a pioneering force in high-power zoom lenses to create an optimal all-in-one lens that opens up new photographic possibilities to all dSLR camera users.

Product Highlights

No need to change lenses -- shoot in a wide variety of settings, from true wideangle to telephoto, with a single lens

A zoom range of 18 to 200mm (35mm equivalent: 28-310mm) means there is no need to change lenses even when switching from wideangle shots in tight places to long telephoto shots of distant objects. Ideal for everything from large groups photos, family pictures, portraits, scenery, animals and school events -- even for close-up shots (less than 0.5m/19.7 in.) of food.

Greater portability at a weight of just 400g (14.1 oz.) -- the lightest lens in its class

Covers the focal length range of 18 to 200mm and features Tamron's VC (Vibration Compensation), but weighs a mere 400g (14.1 oz.). Tamron designed the 18-200mm VC to be as user-friendly as possible by emphasizing portability and convenience. Users will appreciate the incredible balance and comfortable feel of this lens -- even when used with the newest APS-C dSLR cameras.

Features VC and AF, providing valuable support for dSLR camera novices

Camera vibration is magnified in telephoto shots and when a slow shutter speed is used because of dim lighting. Even beginners can take great photos at long distances, at night and indoors -- and avoid camera shake -- thanks to Tamron's acclaimed VC mechanism. By incorporating a newly designed autofocus drive module with optimal DC motor-gear train integration, the 18-200mm VC also focuses much more quickly and quietly than models with conventional DC motors.

Delivers enhanced imaging performance in a lightweight package

Featuring 16 elements in 14 groups, the 18-200mm VC uses an LD (Low Dispersion) lens element to minimize chromatic aberrations. Although light and compact with VC, Tamron's new offering also delivers amazing overall optical performance for an all-purpose lens. A circular, seven-blade aperture diaphragm maintains an almost perfectly round shape even at two stops down from its maximum aperture, providing desirable and beautiful bokeh with point light sources blurring into naturally rounded shapes.

Works great as an easy-to-use lens for day-to-day use

For added dependability and longer life, Tamron's new lens features moisture-resistant construction that helps prevent damage caused by accidental exposure to wetness. The lens also comes with a Zoom Lock feature to prevent unwanted barrel extension when users carry their lens and camera body combinations with the lens pointed toward the ground.

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