Yesterday, we told you about Sigma’s bold shot across the bow of Tamron with their new 150-600mm announcement (still not officially announced in US/English). What we failed to mention was that Sigma also took another shot at Tamron, announcing a new 18-300mm as well…
While 18-300mm superzoom lenses may not be what professionals are drooling over, they do hold a valuable place in the consumer market as great all in one solutions for people who just want to be able to capture a passable shot from virtually any distance. Tamron’s 16-300mm is one of the most popular on the market, and now it seems, Sigma is coming after Tamron’s bread and butter.
Sigma 18-300mm Specs
- Construction: 17 elements, 13 groups with 4 FLD elements and 1 SLD elements
- Filter diameter: 72 mm
- Minimum focusing distance: 39 cm
- Dimensions: 79 x 101,5 mm
- Aperture blades: 7, rounded
- Maximum magnification: 1:2
- Weight: 585g / 20.6 oz.
- Available mounts: Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma, Sony
- Expected price: around $600
Overall, not a bad price for what looks to be a very nicely performing lens in this category. This is what I call a vacation lens, something that professionals may find useful on a vacation where they don’t want to lug around a ton of gear. Just one lens and you are good to go.
Again, neither this lens, nor the 150-600mm are officially announced in the US (or English language for that matter), so we still need to wait for the full details from Sigma USA on what the roll out and pricing will look like.
Stay tuned and we will keep you updated on both lenses and their availability once we are made aware of it.
What are your thoughts about these two new Sigma lenses? Do you think they are targeting Tamron, and their popular lenses, on purpose – or- is this just coincidence that these lenses directly compete with top performing Tamron offerings? Leave a comment below!
[via Sigma Rumors]