Sigma & Tamron Announce Sony FE Lenses

Tamron has announced the development of a 28-75 f/2.8 lens for FE mount cameras.  A moisture resistant lens with a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture that is noticeably smaller and lighter than the Sony 24-70 f/2.8 GM lens is very appealing.  The RXD motor will provide a smooth and quiet focusing system for video.  This may turn out to be a fantastic travel lens for those that need or want f/2.8.

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Constant f/2.8 Maximum Aperture
  • RXD Stepping AF Motor
  • Fluorine-Coated Front Element
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction

Preorder soon at B&H Photo Still rumors at this point but it looks like Sigma is getting VERY close to announcing FE mount Sigma lenses. First up -Sigma 105mm f/1.4 ART lens. Hopefully, more of the ART series line will be announced in FE mounts soon. 

Tamron 18-400 Review: Hands-on

The Tamron 18-400 is an incredibly versatile lens crop sensor lens. In this video, I take it whale watching with San Juan Safaris in Friday Harbor and compare it against the Sigma 24-105 and the Sigma 100-400 telephoto lens. 

Tamron 18-400 Lens Specs

  • APS-C Format
  • 28.8-640mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/40
  • Three LD and Three Aspherical Elements
  • HLD Autofocus Motor
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with TAP-in Console
Sample RAW files (For Personal Use Only)

Tamron Releases World's First 18-400mm Lens

Tamron has announced a new 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD APS-C lens billed as the world's first to cover the extended range. Having reviewed the Sigma and Tamron 18-300's in a previous video this might be the one for those that prioritize convenience. For $649 you get 22.2x zoom ratio covering wide angle shots from 28mm to ultra-telephoto 640mm (Canon crop ratio). The lens also features a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9 so you can enjoy tele-macro photography. With the new design comes their new LD (Low Dispersion Glass) with an ashperical lens to control the chromatic aberration (color fringing) all-in-one lenses are known for typically. For it's size, Tamron managed to make it quite small at 4.8 inches long and 24.9 ounces, in comparison Sigma's 18-300 Contemporary Lens clocks in at 4 inches and 20.6 ounces with 100mm less in focal length. The 18-400mm lens also incorporates 2.5 stops of stabilization with a zoom lock to get the sharpest shots possible from the 640mm focal range. If you are interested the 18-400mm gets you that all-in-one convenience for a decent price. As with our 18-300mm comparison, there is a cost for the benefit, we'll have a review out soon on this new lens.Interesting to note, rumor held the new Tamron 24-70 was also to be announced with advanced notice going to the press. With a Sigma 24-70 also being released this week it seemed the announcement has been postponed for now.Pre-order today at B&H, available in Canon and Nikon mounts:Tamron 18-400

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Introducing the world’s first*1 ultra-telephoto all-in-onezoom lens with an extended range that covers 18-400mm18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028)

Dramatic extended range achieved by combining cutting-edge optical design andother new breakthrough technologies including a redesigned cam structure

June 23, 2017, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), 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 a 22.2x zoom ratio. Packed in a light, compact body (121.4mm/705g)*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 a wide variety of ultra-telephoto images including everyday casual scenes.

lens: Model B028
PRODUCT NAME 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD(Model B028)
DATE OF LAUNCH July 20, 2017The Canon and Nikon mount models will be launched simultaneously.

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

Product Information

  1. The world’s first*1 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 the 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 carry. 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.*1 Among interchangeable lenses for DSLR cameras (As of May 2017; Tamron)

  2. Excellent image quality across the entire zoom range, from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto

    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 121.4mm and a weight of 705g*2. 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 images with a lens of a practical size, and Model B028 fulfills this philosophy.*2 Length and weight are based on figures for the Nikon-mount lens.

  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 original 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 jitter-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*3. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a motor through electronic pulse signals.*3 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)

  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.

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. In the course of 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>

Released year Product name
1992 AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical (Model 71D)
1996 AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 LD Aspherical [IF] Super (Model 171D)
1999 AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 LD Aspherical IF MACRO (Model 185D)
2000 AF28-300mm F/3.8-5.6 LD Aspherical IF Super II MACRO (Model 371D)
2001 AF28-200mm Super Zoom F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical XR [IF] MACRO (Model A03)
2002 AF28-300mm Ultra Zoom XR F/3.5-6.3 LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A06)
2004 AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A061)
2005 AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A14)
2006 AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 XR Di Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A031)
2007 AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Macro (Model A18)
2007 AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical [IF] Macro (Model A20)
2008 AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model B003)
2010 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008)
2010 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC (Model B011)
2014 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (Model B016)
2014 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010)
2014 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III (Model C001)
2015 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B018)
2017 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028)


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 0.45m (17.7 in)*
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:2.9
Filter Size Φ72mm
Maximum Diameter Φ79mm
Length** for Canon 123.9mm (4.9 in)for Nikon 121.4mm (4.8 in)
Weight for Canon 710g (25 oz)for Nikon 705g (24.9 oz)
Aperture Blades 7 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F/22-40
Image Stabilization Performance 2.5stops (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


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Spring is here and with that a bundle of new rebates from all the major companies. The D750, D810, and D500 from Nikon all come with a free grip and accessory package. Including the discount, it's a great deal if you are looking to upgrade.Nikon Free Grip link - B&HAmazon Free Grip Link - D750 | D810 | D500Amazon Free Grip Link (Body Only) - D750 | D810 | D500Beyond rebates as always remember to check out our Camera & Photo Deals section for great savings on gear you need.Nikon RebatesCanon RebatesSony RebatesSigma RebatesTamron RebatesPanasonic RebatesFuji Rebates

Tamron 150-600 G2 Review and VS Sigma 150-600 C Lens comparison

I spend a month shooting with the Tamron 150-600 G2 (THE NEWEST VERSION) and compare it against the Sigma 150-600 Contemporary. I have been very happy with the under $1,000 Sigma lens - it performed very well on my Serengeti safari trip last year. But for just $400 more the $1400 Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 offers weather sealing, a few sweet features and slightly better image quality - how much is it worth to you?

Tamron 150-600 G2 Review and VS Sigma 150-600 C Lens comparison

Buy Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSMBuy the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2Tamron 150-600 G2 Review and Sigma 150-600 C images for download and compare

LENS Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S Canon EF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS II USM
COST $1,400.00 $989.00 $1,999.00 $1,999.00
Aperture F5–6.3 F5–6.3 F5–6.3 F4.5–6.5
Min Focus 2.70 m (106.3″) 2.80 m (110.24″) 2.60 m (102.36″) 0.98 m (38.58″)
Weight 2010 g (4.43 lb) 1950 g (4.3 lb) 2860 g (6.31 lb) 1570 g (3.46 lb)
Filter Size 95mm 95mm 105mm 77mm
Weather Sealing YES Gasket at mount, otherwise no YES YES
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The features and slightly sharper quality with better contrast make the NEW Tamron 150-600 G2 my pick for budget super zoom lens.  The Sigma offers great quality at significant savings though the lack of true weather sealing may be an issue for some.  My Serengeti safari was a month of extremely dusty conditions and I never saw any issues with the Sigma but it certainly gives me more peace of mind to be out photographing in all conditions with a lens that is truly sealed.  The Sigma 150-600 Sport offers that weather sealing and is sharper than the Contemporary version but the weight is ridiculous!    And finally you sacrifice range with the 100-400 but gain a much more travel friendly lens that you could throw on a 1.4x converter and get great results. Related Video - Tamron 150-600, the Sigma 150-600, Canon's new 100-400, the Canon 400mm prime and even a 70-200 with a 2x extender

New Tamron Lenses Announced

Truthfully one new and one updated. Tamron has announced the

Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD

NEW Tamron 85 f/1.8 VC - This looks similar to their other recent lens offerings - the 35mm and 45mm f/1.8 VC lenses that have been well liked by photographersTamron 85MM f/1.8 VC

  • Nikon F Mount/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • LD and XLD Glass Elements
  • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  • Fluorine Coating on Front Element
  • USD AF Motor, Full-Time Manual Focus
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Compatible with TAP-in Console

Price and availability have not yet been announced. B&H Listing to Notify when in Stock  I bet somewhere around $600 USD.  Canon offers the 85mm f/1.8 non stabilized that is a staple in many budget photographers bag- it is a decent lens, costs just $369 and while it suffers from some serious chromatic aberration wide open and it certainly could be more contrasty - it is under $400.   I do think this new Tamron will be noticeable sharper and of course offers VC.  I am not convinced that it will see well though. Nikon offers two 85mm lenses - an 85mm f/1.8 for $469 and an 85mmf/1.4 for $1560

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC

And the Updated 90 f/2.8 Macro - I am a bit surprised- their current 90mm Macro is a great value and holds up well against the competition - see below for the updates to this model. Tamron 90mm f/2.8

  • Canon EF Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • One LD and Two XLD Glass Elements
  • eBAND, BBAR, and Fluorine Coatings
  • USD AF Motor, Full-Time Manual Focus
  • VC Image Stabilization (updated with accelerometers)
  • 1:1 Max. Magnification, 11.8" Min. Focus
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Compatible with TAP-in Console

What has changed from the previous model? Sounds like optically it is going to be the same but you now have an improved VC system, the new cleaner look Tamron has used on these lenses and the TAP-in console compatibility.Price: Preorder from B&H Photo or Amazon for $649 (available in Canon, Nikon and Sony A Mounts)

Tamron TAP-in Console

The TAP-In console sounds very similar to the USB dock offered by Sigma. It acts as a lens mount with USB connection to your computer. Mount the lens and open the Tamron software will allow you to update firmware and further customize the lens.  No word on price - should be available starting in March.  B&H has a listinginTAPCurrently compatible with their newest lenses onlySP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016): Launch date TBAFor Nikon and Canon. Sony-compatible model to be released later. SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F017): To be launched February 25, 2016For Nikon and Canon. Sony-compatible model will be released later.* By first updating firmware to the most up-to-date version with use of TAP-in Console™, it becomes possible to use all the functions of TAP-in Console™ compatible with this lens.SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013): Launched in September 2015For Nikon and Canon. Sony-compatible model will be released later.*Initial firmware update by Tamron service facility is required to enable compatibility with the TAP-in Console™.SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012): Launched in September 2015For Nikon and Canon. Sony-compatible model will be released later.*Initial firmware update by Tamron service facility is required to enable compatibility with the TAP-in Console™.  

Tamron has announced a pair of full-frame f/1.8 primes

Tamron has announced a pair of full-frame f/1.8 primes that will be part of a redesigned SP series. The SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD are both full-frame-compatible lenses offering image stabilization (VC), fast maximum apertures, good close focusing distances AND, according to Tamron, high quality optics.The design team at Tamron has clearly been watching Sigma - the  look of these lenses is very similar to the ART line at Sigma and that's a good thing.  They do add a moderate amount of weather sealing not offered in the ART line from Sigma. The Canon and Nikon mounts also offer image stabilization - not often seen in primes this fast.SP stands for superior performance. Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VCTamron 45mm f/1.8 VCPrice will be $599 each and available at the end of September. (Sony mount* available later this year) This sounds reasonable for lenses of this caliber and speed with VC.   A few more specs worth detailing more-The close focusing capabilities are impressive. The 45mm can focus as close as 11.42" (.29m) and the 35mm can focus as close as 7.87" (.20m). That close with that wide an aperture will give you VERY shallow depth of field.9 aperture blades should provide smooth bokeh (the more blades the smoother the out of focus circles. The Old nifty-fifty had just 5 blades and you could often see pentagonal shapes of bokeh)Lens hood included!They are calling these lenses weather resistant.  I will mention that Tamron has one of the best warranties in the bsiness with 6 years for US buyers and quick repair turn around time.Preorder at B&H Photo Video45mm f/1.8 for Canon $599 | Nikon $599 | Sony A $59935mm f/1.8 for Canon $599 | Nikon $599 | Sony A $599 

Full Specs

SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD Specifications

Focal Length: 45mmMaximum Aperture: F1.8Angle of View (diagonal): 51°21' (for full-frame format) : 34°28' (for APS-C format)Optical Construction : 10 elements in 8 groupsMinimum Object Distance: 0.29m (11.4 in)Maximum Magnification Ratio: 1:3.4Filter Size: 67mmMaximum Diameter: 80.4mmLength: for Canon 91.7mm (3.6 in): for Nikon 89.2mm (3.5 in)Weight: for Canon 540g (19 oz): for Nikon 520g (18.3 oz)Aperture Blades: 9 (circular diaphragm)Minimum Aperture: F16Standard Accessories: Flower-shaped lens hood, Lens capsCompatible Mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sony*

SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD Specifications

Focal Length: 35mmMaximum Aperture: F1.8Angle of View (diagonal): 63°26' (for full-frame format): 43°29' (for APS-C format)Optical Construction : 10 elements in 9 groupsMinimum Object Distance: 0.2m (7.9 in)Maximum Magnification Ratio: 1:2.5Filter Size : 67mmMaximum Diameter : 80.4mmLength: for Canon 80.8mm (3.2 in): for Nikon 78.3mm (3.1 in)Weight: for Canon 480g (16.9 oz): for Nikon 450g (15.9 oz)Aperture Blades: 9 (circular diaphragm)Minimum Aperture: F16Standard Accessories: Flower-shaped lens hood, Lens capsCompatible Mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sony**Available in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts - sadly that is the Sony/Minolta mount not the FE mount for the a7 series. Sony mount also does not offer VC - all sony bodies are stablized.

Ultra Wide Angle Lens Review: Tamron 15-30 f/2.8, Canon 16-35 & Sigma

Hands-on review and feature comparison of full frame wide and ultra wide angle lenses including the new Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 VC, the Canon 16-35 f/4 IS, the Canon 17-40 L and compared to Canon 11-24, Rokinon 14mm f2.8 and more. Which wide angle lens is best for you?

Lens Max Aperture Stabilized Filter Size Weight Price*
Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC f/2.8 YES N/A 1100g (2.43lb) $1,199
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM f/4 YES 77mm 615g (1.36lb) $1,099
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM f/4 NO 77mm (r) 500g (1.10lb) $799
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art f/1.4 NO 77mm 665g (1.47lb) $849
Rokinon 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC f/2.8 NO N/A 552g (1.22lb) $329
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L f/4 NO N/A (r) 1180g (2.60lb) $2,999
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM f/2.8 NO 82mm 635g (1.40lb) $1,599
Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX f/2.8 NO N/A 950g (2.09lb) $629

*Check links below for rebate savings!Complete Wide Angle Lens Presentation used during video. Support my work by purchasing from B&H Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 VC $1,199.00Canon 16-35 f/4 IS  $999.00 with current rebate (ends May 30th 2015)Canon 17-40 f/4 L $699 with current rebate (ends May 30th 2015)Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 $329.00Canon 11-24 f/4 L $2,999.0Sigma 24mm f/1.4 $849.00Tokina 16-28 f/2.8 $629.00 with current rebate (ends June 2015

Tamron 150mm-600mm on location in Tanzania, Africa

Post by David McKay. PPA M. Photog, Cr. CPPElephant  ISO 800 F 6.3 640th SMarch of 2015 took myself, my wife Ally , and our McKay Photography Academy team to Tanzania to lead 3 ten day, back to back photography tours. Spending 32 days in this magnificent country was an experience I will never forget and I would count as one of the greatest photographic experiences to date in my life. In fact, it was one of the greatest experiences ever in my life as a whole! Fortunately, we are able to return in August of 2016 and I am incredibly excited to be returning and sharing this beautiful country, the people and of course photography opportunities and education with others!Spending this kind of time photographing wildlife and out in the “bush” requires a large amount of pre planning. When planning the photography aspect, of course gear in general, and lens choice becomes critical. There are many variables to consider especially as you are limited in weight restrictions on flights within the country. The idea of carrying all of your gear and choosing what you will want or need once there, is not possible.In choosing what I felt would be best for myself; I went with the new Tamron 150-600mm lens. Many of you seasoned photographers may be wondering, WHY? Why go with an off brand (I shoot Canon) lens with a maximum aperture of f/5.0- f/6.3? Why not choose a faster lens, with better glass, and with tried and true results?David with Tamron 150-600 Lens in TanzaniaHere is what I found in a nutshell, I am extremely happy with this lens for what it has to offer. Here’s why.

  • Remarkably affordable. At a price of just over $1000, you get a decent lens that works great for wildlife and sports photography in most light.
  • 150mm-600mm range. With a range like this, you can get 95% of the wildlife shots you need from your Range Rover vehicle. Whether wildlife is in close or at a distance, this range gets you what you need on Safari!
  • Weight. Weighing in at just 4.3lbs, this became crucial when carrying gear and on flights. Also great that you can hand hold if need be and actually get away with the shots!
  • Quality. Ok, so this is where it really has to matter. No this lens is NOT the Buy the Canon 400mm 2.8 for the low, LOW price of $9,999 in quality. Yet, it is not 35lbs nor $9,999! In my experience, this lens did everything I needed it to and more. I honestly was blown away at the results for the price. I did not expect it to be as good as it is. Sure, it is not a low light lens. Nor is it the fastest in focusing, but it handles well, it offers great quality ( especially at 500mm or less) , has Vibration Reduction, and captured 98% of all images I shot in 32 days on Safari! About the only wildlife that was difficult to capture at reasonable ISO, was Monkeys in trees in low light. Other than that, I am very happy with the results. I did find that at 600mm it was not quite as sharp but still very acceptable.

On safari, my wife Ally shot with the Buy the Canon 100mm-400mm Mark II from B&H and the results were great from that lens. Although she could not get the reach of the 600mm, she was able to crop in for what she needed and this lens was very sharp and also faster focusing. BUT, it comes at twice the price. I still preferred the Tamron for my images especially when I needed that extra reach. One of our clients shot the Buy Sigma 150mm-500mm from B&H. This lens is heavier and as we compared, we found this lens to be the least sharp in our results. It is also more expensive.So in the end, for price, weight, quality, and focal distances, this lens was excellent. Would I use the Canon 400mm fixed 2.8 if available? Absolutely! However, this lens is not meant to compete with that nor should it. This lens does exactly what it is supposed to all at a price that is very affordable for what you get. Tamron has a winner here for someone on a budget and looking for a good lens with a great focal length. 

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Photo Mish Mash Episode 52: Kit Lenses

We chat about the week's photo new - 1,000 fps from a drone? Should you avoid the Kit Lens? Who will buy the XC10 4K camera from Canon and more.Lightroom Coming April 21st? //Who knows! Been burned on multiple release dates.Adobe Premier Pro - Lightroom like color correcting is coming soon.Update to Snapseed- non destructive editing!Cheating your way to more followers on Instagram? We discuss engagement vs pure numbersChristina say's you will be better off smearing vaseline on your lens! Lens Baby Velvet 56mmVenus Optics 2x Macro lens, Macro Flash and new product coming soon.2:1 inexpensive macro lens’s new 4K capable XC10 Camera Who will buy a $2500 1" sensor camera?Nikon J series update - 4k with a catch:,000 fps from a droneThe Photography behind the animated watch faces on the Apple WatchScott’s Fun Note: Pasta aperture ringMcKay Photography Academy -Join us in Greece Trip - out Adam's Recent images from TanzaniaDiscussion:Sony a7 Mark II ThoughtsKit Lenses (focal length data from my recent vacation/family travels)Scott’s input on Kit Lenses: Great option for identifying focal lengths that you shoot at and convenient range for a walk around lens (do I want to by a 24, 35, or 50mm prime). The Fuji 18-55mm f/2.8-4 was a contributing factor for me purchasing the Fuji X-E2 over competitors. Cons - variable aperture, sometimes inferior build quality, but getting better (Canon STM & Fuji)Wide Angle Lenses and Samples from the Tamron 15-30 f/2.8Music Provided by Current Deals:

Big Zoom Field Review

Canon 100-400 Mark II - Fantastic Zoom LensUpdate: The Canon 100-400 f/4.5 - 5.6 is now in stock and shipping from B&H - Buy NowUpdate: Added thoughts on the Sigma Contemporary version in the Sigma 150-600 section below.I spent a week in Montana and Yellowstone National Park and used the trip as a test of a handful of telephoto lenses - these are the big ones, the ones you want to consider when you are getting serious about wildlife or sports photography.

Video Review of Big Zoom Lenses (and one telephoto prime)

Tested Lenses

  • Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD
  • Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens with Canon Extender EF 2X III

I used these cameras on a Canon 5D Mark III (full frame) and a Canon 7D Mark II (APS-C/Crop Sensor).

TamronTamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD

  • Price: $1069.00
  • Weight: 4.30 lb (1.95 kg)
  • Filter Size 95mm
  • Partially Weather Sealed (some discussion online about just how weather sealed this lens is)
  • Plastic Lens Hood
  • Removable tripod collar
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 106.3"

For the money I found the Tamron to be an excellent lens. Seems just as sharp as the others in the review, maybe a tiny bit slower at focusing but nothing remarkably different. Build quality is good, some concerns over just how weather sealed it is and you only have Vibration Compensation (VC) on or off, no option for panning or more active motion while using VC. At 4.3lbs and 17 inches with hood attached and zoomed to 600mm you are dealing with a big lens that I still found to be comfortable hand holding. I am bummed that the filter size is 95mm, you are going to be spending serious cash to fit that lens with a decent filter. Recommended- B+W 95mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter You also have very limited compatibility with extension tubes. Will not work with Canon and possibly some functionality using a Kenko 1.4x but you lose one stop of light and reports of some AF being much less reliable. No bag or carrying case provided.Tamron Summary - For the money this is a great lens that gives you 600mm and remains fairly portable.Buy from B&H: Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD LensTamron Samples: [gallery td_gallery_title_input="Tamron 150-600 Samples" link="file" ids="7409,7410,7411"]

SigmaSigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens

  • Price: $1999.00
  • Weight: 6.3 lb (2.86 kg)
  • Filter Size: 105mm!
  • Fully weather sealed
  • Customizable using USB Dock (sold separately)
  • USB Dock Adj
  • Soft locks
  • Massive!
  • NON-Removable tripod collar
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 102.4"

People stop and stare when you pull this lens out of your bag. Fully extended and using the included metal lens hood you are holding a massive lens and at 6.3 lbs I found this lens really to be at the limit of handholding and I really only recommend using it in situations with tripods/monopods or beanbag setups.  Focus was responsive but with the large size holding it on target at times was tricky. The 105 filter size is going to cost you if you want to throw anything on here. The B+W 105mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer Filter I recommend is $350! With the complaints out of the way I can share that this is a well built, fully weather sealed lens that offers an impressive amount of customization. You have 3 modes you can setup with the USB dock that gives you control over focus speed, focus limiters and adjust the Optical stabilization as well as make micro focus adjustments allowing you to really achieve sharp focus with your body and lens.  You also have multiple modes of OS and the lens will lock into position at all the marked focal lengths. This is important as the lens will certainly creep if not locked. You can easily unlock at any point by rotating the zoom ring.  I found the colors and contrast out of this lens to be excellent and it is compatible with Sigma and Canon extenders, you will lose AF with some extenders and focal lengths. Most lenses need at least f/8 to focus and the 2x extender at 600m gives you 1200mm f/13 lens, manual focus only.  It comes with a nice cloth lens cap cover, metal lens hood and padded carrying case.Sigma Summary: Sharp 600mm in a feature packed lens - just make sure you won't be in a situation where you need to handhold for more than a few minutes.UPDATE: Sigma is now shipping this lens in the Contemporary version.  Full Sigma 150-600 Sport Version vs Sigma 150-600 Contemporary Version Comparison coming soon. Brief differences. 

  • The Sports version prioritizes optical performance and the Contemporary version prioritizes portability.
  • Contemporary version weighs 4.25 lbs (2 lbs less than the sport version)
  • Contemporary version is more compact and features a removable tripod collar
  • Contemporary version filter size is 95mm (105mm on sport version)
  • Contemporary version sells for $1089! (Almost the same price as the Tamron)
  • Preorder the Sigma 150-600 Contemporary from B&H

Buy from B&H: Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens | Sigma USB Dock $59Sigma 150-600 Samples:  [gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="7412,7413,7414,7415"]

canonCanon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens

  • Price: $2199.00
  • Weight: 3.5 lb (1.59 kg)
  • Filter Size: 77mm filter
  • Fully weather sealed
  • Lens Hood has a filter door
  • 3 IS modes
  • Adjustable tension for zoom range
  • Removable Tripod Collar
  • Minimum Focus Distance 38" (Best in the class)

I am going to give you the summary for this lens first - if budget isn't a concern this is the lens I would pick. Yes, you sacrifice some reach, 400mm vs 600mm from the Tamron and Sigma but you gain a much more portable lens that is easy to hand hold and focuses fast with excellent sharpness and overall image quality. The most expensive of the bunch, not counting the price of the Canon 70-200 and 2x extender, you pay for this convenience quality package but get a well built lens that is significantly lighter than the other two, offers a normal sized filter, full weather sealing, customizable tension and a lens hood with a little door for rotating CP filters.  For the Canon 100-400 I recommend the B+W 77mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter. You also get three IS modes, normal, active and during exposure only.  I found the IS to be excellent and we shot handheld video using this lens and am very happy with the stability. This is the lens I found myself coming back to again and again during my travels. It was portable and easily fit in my Think Tank Photo Airport Essentials Backpack. Handholding was a dream and while shooting the animals the lens focus speed is fast, really fast and had no problems keeping fast moving animals in focus.  This lens coupled with a crop sensor camera like the 7D Mark II is awesome, you get that extra reach from the crop factor and the focusing brains of the 7D Mark II coupled with the speedy lens gave me tack sharp images again and again.   Compatible with 1.4x and 2x teleconverters from Canon- with the 2x you will be manual focus only but interestingly the dual pixel AF of live view with the Canon 70D and Canon 7D Mark II still works albeit slightly slower.Summary: Fantastic lens if you desire portability, fast focus and handholding versus 200mm more that the Tamron and Sigma offer. Buy from B&H Photo: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM LensCanon 100-400 Samples[gallery link="file" ids="6963,6964,6965,6966,6967"]   

canon400Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

  • Price: $1339.00 ($1239 with rebate ending Jan 31st)
  • Weight: 2.75 lb (1.25 kg)
  • Filter Size: 77mm
  • Integrated hood
  • Partially Weather Sealed
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Removable Tripod Collar
  • Minimum Focus Distance 137.8" 11 feet!! (Worst in class)

I am a big fan of prime lenses(6 Reason you should own a prime), I believe they often offer excellent values, to name one reason and the 400mm f/5.6 L from Canon does not disappoint. It is the sharpest of the bunch, again in my real world testing I saw only slight variations across all these lenses, the lightest of the bunch and the most portable with a nifty integrated lens hood you will never leave behind. Downsides - no image stabilization and I personally find longer telephoto primes to be harder to work with. If you are not in the right spot you may need to do a good bit of "zooming with your feet" to get the desired composition. With shy wildlife this can be difficult.Summary: If you are willing to sacrifice versatility and IS you get a sharp and portable lens. Buy from B&H: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM LensSample 400mm Images:[gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="6961,6962"]  canon70-200canonEX2x

Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 + Canon EF 2x Extender

  • Price: $2648.00 (70-200 = $2199.00 & Canon 2x =  $449.00)
  • Weight: 3.99lbs (70-200 = 3.28 lb (1.49 kg) & Canon 2x = 11.46 oz (325g))
  • Filter Size: 77mm
  • Weather Sealed
  • With 2x extender you suffer 2 stops of light loss
  • With 2x extender you suffer slower focus with more hunting.
  • With 2x extender you No Auto focus on some lenses (If max aperture is above f/8)

I recognize that this is an odd combo to throw into the review but it was actually requested by a few people. Lots of serious photographers already own the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens as it is an awesome lens for wedding, event and even portrait photography.  Sometimes those photographers want more reach but not often enough to shell out $1000-$2000 for a bigger zoom. Using the Extender gives you a 140-400 f/5.6 lens at only a slight cost increase.   You are starting at f/5.6 where the other lenses give you slightly wider apertures and I did see more hunting and generally slower AF when using the two together.  I will add that the extender does not impact image quality much if you start with a good lens and I was very happy with some of the shots I got. Remember that the 1.4x and 2x extenders have limited compatibility and you should watch my video on the 2x extender to learn more.Summary: an affordable solution for more zoom if you already have the 70-200 and don't plan on photographing fast moving subjects often.Buy from B&H: Canon Extender EF 2X IIISamples images from Canon 70-200 with 2x Extender[gallery td_gallery_title_input="70-200 f/2.8 with 2x Extender" link="file" columns="2" ids="6956,6957,6958,6959"]

Sample Images


Final Thoughts - Big Zoom Field Review

Great news - all of these lenses performed well and I was happy with the quality from all of them.  It really comes down to your needs and the conditions you will be shooting in. The Tamron's value is hard to overlook with 600mm of reach for just $1069 and while I liked the quality and features of the Sigma, the size and weight just wouldn't work for the type of portability I want.  As I mentioned above the Canon 100-400 was the lens I just kept coming back too and would be the best lens for mine needs, I just need to start saving.  I'd love to hear from you which would work best for you and why? Leave a comment below.Buy LinksSupport my review buy from B&H or AmazonTamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD:B&H: 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens:B&H: EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens:B&H: EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:B&H: EF 2x Extender:B&H: 

Tamron 16-300 vs Sigma 18-300

The longer title-

Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary


Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO

These two APS-C lenses give you an equivalent range of 28mm to 480mm!!  A huge range and this I am calling this

The battle of convenience. Two Super Zoom lenses face off!

I am generally not a fan of do-it-all lenses. Lenses that cover this much range make sacrifices in quality  - sharpness, distortion, chromatic aberration but when I reviewed the newer Tamron 16-300 a few months ago I was pleasantly surprised by its performance - Yes it still has issues but held up quite well and I certainly do enjoy the convenience, especially when traveling or hiking, carrying just one lens that provides me with a huge range, decent macro capabilities and image stabilization for handheld video.  And then Sigma released an 18-300 and I have been asked repeatedly to compare these two lenses. Bottom line about these lenses in general- These lenses are for someone who is happy with the quality of the kit lenses that camera with their camera but wants more zoom and doesn't want to switch lenses.These lenses are not for someone who is going to shoot in low light or wants the sharpest image quality.   Personally I suggest you carry one of these do it all lenses and a small prime like the 24 or 35. This is a compromise to the carry-only-one-lens philosophy but gives you an excellent low light sharp lens option when you really need it and does it without adding much bulk and weight to your camera bag.Now let's get to answering the question which of these two lenses is better?I will give you the answer up front and tell you that 9 out of 10 times I would pick the Tamron over the Sigma despite the Sigma being marginally sharper at some focal lengths. Why? The Tamron has faster focusing, full time manual focus and weather sealed as well as a nicer focusing indicator and starting just a little wider. 

Lens Compare Point by Point

Build Quality & Features  - They are of similar construction with this tough plastic, from a distance you might think the Sigma is metal construction but it is the same basic material as the Tamron. Both feel well made, have a telescoping zoom and internal focusing which is nice when using circular polarizers. Filter size of the Tamron is 67mm. Sigma uses 72mm filter size. Both include a lens hood.   I will say that the AF/MF switch and IS(VC) switch on the Tamron is small and slippery.  Sigma's switches have just a little more height and are easier to operate BUT the Tamron offers full time manual focus, a really nice feature that lets you quickly dial in sharp focus and on a lens that covers this much range focusing can be slower and helping the camera get where you want or letting AF get close and you finish the job can make for a much less frustrating experience.   The stabilization of the Tamron seems just a little better - I saw this in slower shutter speed handholding and while shooting video - just a little smoother.Weight - Sigma weighs 1lb 5oz. Tamron weighs 1lb 4oz.Focusing Speed - Both offer the ultrasonic focusing system - HSM for Sigma and PZD for the Tamron I was at Longwood Gardens and they have a train display setup which made for a great test of focusing speeds and capabilities and using the Canon 7D Mark II in one shot and AI Servo the Tamron was able to keep focus on trains moving directly at me. Shooting the same train with the Sigma and some of the shots were out of focus it was just a little slower focusing. Focusing during video was a little smoother from the Tamron too.Macro Capabilities -They are identical, both can close focus to 15” with AF and roughly 6" if manually focusing. Both provide the same level of magnification. Sigma offers a screw on filter designed to increase magnification 2x. Sells for $50 from SigmaImage Quality - Sharpness - Sigma is sharper - only slightly but when viewing at 100% or more it is noticeable. However and it may be due to the sharpness chromatic aberration is much more present in the Sigma with lots of purple/magenta fringing.Sample Sigma Images
Original Video Review of the Tamron 16-300 Buy the Tamron 16-300 from B&HBuy the Sigma 18-300 from B&HBuy the Tamron 16-300 from AmazonBuy the Sigma 18-300 from Amazon

More Pre-Photokina Announcements - Nikon 20mm, Sony 28-135, Sigma 150-600, Tamron 15-30

As Photokina nears we are getting a pile of announcements- some shipping soon, some just developments. 

Nikon 20mm f/1.8G ED

Screenshot 2014-09-12 05.36.19

  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Maximum Aperture: f/1.8
  • Aspherical and ED Elements
  • Nano Crystal Coating
  • Internal Focus, Silent Wave Motor
  • Soft Pouch, Lens Hood Included

The AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED from Nikon is a wide-angle lens that is compatible with both full frame FX and DX crop sensor cameras. The fast f/1.8 maximum aperture allows a shallow depth of field for selective focus use, as well as shooting in low-light situations.The lens provides a 94° angle of view (30mm, 70° equivalent on DX-format cameras), and has a minimum focus distance of 7.8", allowing you to get close to your subject while isolating it from the background.Aspherical and Extra-low Dispersion elements with Nano Crystal Coating reduce sagittal flare and chromatic aberration, producing sharp images throughout the frame. A Silent Wave Motor provides quick, near-silent autofocusing. A soft pouch and lens hood are included.Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G will be available September 25- Preorder from Amazon | B&H | Adorama 

Nikon SB-500 AF Speedlight

Screenshot 2014-09-12 08.40.26Featuring an LED video light and a compact design, the SB-500 AF Speedlight from Nikon provides users with a portable unit compatible with Nikon's i-TTL metering. The flash has a good power rating with a guide number of 79' at ISO 100, and offers coverage for a 24mm lens with full frame cameras. Also, the 100 lux LED light has three output levels- quarter, half or full power- which is beneficial for both video and close up still photography.Versatility is important in this unit with the ability to tilt upward 90° and rotate left and right 180° for excellent bounce and swivel capabilities. The flash will also function wirelessly as either a commander unit or a remote slave for full compatibility with cameras, other flash units, and wireless flash controllers in Nikon's Creative Lighting System. The SB-500 will also transmit LED and flash color information to the camera for setting an optimal white balance and runs on 2 AA batteries, which provide a recycle time of 3.5-30 seconds. Included with the camera are a soft case and stand.

  • Offers test firing, the ability to monitor pre-flashes, and an LED modeling flash function
  • Flash compensation is available through camera settings
  • Head tilts up 90° with click-stops at 0°, 60°, 75°, and 90°
  • Head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, and 180°
  • Four wireless channels are available in Commander mode while only 1 is available in Remote mode
  • Two wireless groups, A and B, are available
  • Flash-ready indicator lights up when fully recycled or flashes slowly as a warning
  • Receives about 100 flashes from a pair of Alkaline batteries and about 140 from Ni-MH
  • A thermal cut-out function protects the flash
  • Firmware can be updated

Nikon SB-500 will be available September 25- Preorder from Amazon | B&H | Adorama 

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 lenses - Yes TWO! And I am not talking about one for Canon and one for Nikon

Sigma announced two new telephoto zooms offering 150-600mm f/5-6.3 with full-frame compatibility.  The share dust and weather proofing, SIgma's Optical Stabilizer (OS), Sigma's fast AF motors (HSM) and offer the excellent build quality that Sigma has used on many of their new lenses. both are also compatible with the Sigma USB Dock for lens adjustments and firmware updates. So why two different lenses that offer the same range? Two versions - Sports prioritizes optical performance and the Contemporary version prioritizes portability.  Screenshot 2014-09-12 08.45.58Designed to offer a higher level of optical precision and contains 24 elements in 16 groups, with two FLD and three SLD elements to control aberrations and distortions. It has a minimum aperture of f/22, minimum focusing distance of 8.5', and maximum magnification ratio of 1:5. The lens measures 4.8 x 11.4", and weighs 6.3 lb. Sigma is targeting photographers who place the utmost value on performance over weight, along with refined handling capabilities. The lens will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sigma SA mounts.Screenshot 2014-09-12 08.46.04This Contemporary version contains 20 elements in 14 groups, with one FLD element and three SLD elements. It has a minimum aperture of f/22, minimum focus distance of 9.2', and maximum magnification ratio of 1:5 and shaves some dimensions off the Sports version to measure 4.1 x 10.2". Sigma has not determined the final weight yet, but it is safe to say it will be lighter than the Sports version, thanks to it is smaller dimensions and fewer optical elements. It, too, will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SA, and Sony A mounts.

A new All-in-one (AIO) from Sigma 18-300

This APS-C-only, all-in-one zoom lens features a 27-450mm equivalent focal-length range and is targeted at photographers who want to travel as lightly as possible and don’t want to carry around multiple lenses. The lens’s design utilizes four FLD elements and one SLD element to help minimize chromatic aberration while maintaining consistent sharpness and clarity. Sigma has also incorporated a new Optical Stabilizer system, which should help with handheld shooting in difficult lighting, and a Hyper Sonic Motor for fast and quiet autofocus.  I wonder how it will compare to the Tamron 16-300 I reviewed earlier this year.  No word on pricing or release date.Screenshot 2014-09-12 08.46.11 

Tamron Announces Development of Full Frame 15-30mm f/2.8 VC

Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 VCpress release

September 12, 2014, Saitama, Japan. – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, announces development of a new ultra-wideangle zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras with a fast F/2.8 aperture and VC (Vibration Compensation), the world’s first in its category. The price and launch date are to be determined. The lens will be showcased at the Tamron booth at Photokina 2014, September 16- 21, 2014 in Cologne, Germany (Photokina Booth Number:Hall 4.2 D10 – E19).Since 2012, Tamron has been expanding its lineup of interchangeable lenses for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. SP 24-70mm F/2.8 was the first in the series, being integrated with VC, followed by the 70-200mm F/2.8, 90mm F/2.8 Macro, and 150-600mm F/5-6.3. The array of those new lenses have been highly acclaimed among the photo enthusiasts and working pros around the globe. To address the needs for more towards the wider angular field, Tamron spearheaded the development of SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD, a fast ultra-wideangle zoom lens with the image stabilization feature, setting itself apart from the rest of zooms in this category.

Interesting highlights here - image stabilization (VC), fast (f/2.8) and full frame- Those that need to shoot wide while on the move or for video work should stay tuned  - this could be a very interesting lens.