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New 14-150mm Lens Goes Where No Tamron Lens has Gone Before…

By Anthony Thurston on June 21st 2014

Tamron announced their first ever all-in-one zoom lens for micro four thirds cameras yesterday: the 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III. This came shortly after their previous announcement of their new 28-300mm EF and 18-200mm, their first ever EF-M mount lens.

14-150mm-tamron

 

The first thing you might notice here is the lack of image stabilization on the 14-150mm. This was a conscious choice by Tamron due to the fact that many MFT cameras use in body stabilization. Otherwise, this looks to be a pretty standard superzoom, variable aperture and all.

Still, it should be noted that for many people, in most daylight situations, a lens like this is all the lens that they  will need – especially on a MFT camera, where the crop factor makes the lens more like a 30-300mm – a great all-in-one range.

Priced at $589, this new 14-150mm is now available for pre-order over on B&H and is expected to begin shipping this next week.

[via Tamron]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ido Scharf

    I have very high hopes for this lens. I wish to pair it with my OM-D E-M5, as it will make for a very nice travel kit. Well, I do need an f/2.8 telephoto zoom lens before that…
    As Thom Hogan explained, the decision to exclude image stabilization from the optical design was a very good, thoughtful one. Olympus has stellar in-body image stabilization in their cameras. Panasonic has the GH4, which really this lens isn’t intended for; the GH4 deserves better than a sub-$600 superzoom. Then there’s the GM1, which is too small for this lens. Then there’s the GX7, which has in-body image stabilization (though not as effective as the 5- and 3-axis image stabilization in the Olympus OM-D cameras and the PEN E-P5). That leaves only two Panasonic cameras without IBIS, and that’s really too small a market. Excluding optical image stabilization helps keep the weight, size and price down.

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