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Tamron Announces New 18-200mm & 28-300mm Lenses

By Anthony Thurston on June 19th 2014

Today, Tamron officially announced two new lenses: a 28-300mm Full Frame lens, and an 18-200mm EF-M lens. I believe that the 18-200mm lens is the first lens with AF from a third party for the Canon mirrorless system.

Tamron 28-300mm EF Specs

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  • Canon EF Lens Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-6.3 to f/22-40
  • Four Low Dispersion Glass Elements
  • Three Molded-Glass Aspherical Elements
  • One Hybrid Aspherical Element
  • One Extra Refractive Element
  • One Ultra-Extra Refractive Element
  • Vibration Compensation
  • Piezo Drive Autofocus System
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 19.3″

This seems like a pretty standard all-in-one type lens for a full frame sensor. The F/3.5-6.3 aperture will be a big downside to this lens as the light starts to fade, but for taking pictures of your kids’ daytime sporting events, this may be an option for casual photographers looking for reach on a budget.

The Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 is now available for pre-order over on B&H for $849.

Tamron 18-200mm EF-M Specs

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  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-6.3 to f/22-40
  • 29-320mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Low-Dispersion and Aspherical Elements
  • Extra-Refractive Elements
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Stepping-Motor AF Drive
  • Internal Focusing
  • Macro-Like Capabilities
  • Filter Size: 62mm

This EF-M lens is a bit more interesting, as noted above, I believe that it is the first third-party – with AF – lens to mount on the EF-M system. The lens itself is not anything new. It was originally designed back in 2011 for Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras, and basically what Tamron has done here is just replaced the E-Mount for an EF-M mount. It also looks as if they have updated the styling a bit to better match the Canon EF-M lens style.

It will be interesting to see how this does, especially with Canon just announcing a new 55-200mm EF-M lens of their own. If you have been looking for a nice all in one lens for your EOS M, you can now pre-order this bad boy from B&H for $499.

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What are your thoughts on these new lens announcements from Tamron? Which one – or do either – of them looks the most promising to you? Leave a comment below!

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. Ed Velez

    I preordered the 28-300 since I really do need a walk around lens. I am not worried about the 3.5 aperture since I am not going for shallow DOF with this lens (I have the canon L 24-70 2.8 for that) and with newer cameras, ISO is not a problem either even if indoors. So once again, this doesn’t need to be fast glass.

    I am hearing more and more about Tamron and I am now ready to take the plunge and give them a try. Had Sigma lenses before and wasn’t overall happy with their sharpness or build quality. So lets see what happens when B&H ships mine to me (believe the release date is 6/26)

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  2. Kurk Rouse

    Actually need a walk around lens like this

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  3. Ido Scharf

    They also announced a 14-150mm for Micro Four Thirds. That’s what I’m excited for, as a Mocro Four Thirds shooter myself.

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  4. Matthew Saville

    Say what you will about their historic reputation, but I think that lately Tamron has been on a roll with their stuff.

    I know most of the internet also loves to hate on variable aperture kit zooms / super-zooms, but the bottom line is that lots of people buy these, I mean LOTS. And they sure do come in handy when you’re traveling and just don’t have the time or ability to lug around multiple heavy fast-aperture lenses…

    =Matt=

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I agree Matt, so long as you don’t need a super shallow depth of field or low light performance these super zooms perform very well in normal daylight conditions. Great way to lighten your load and save some money when the big guns aren’t needed.

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    • Eric S

      I agree. These kinds of lenses appeal to a much broader group of people, especially the crowd that ‘just want a nicer camera for my vacation.’ I recommended one of these kinds of lenses to a friend to is spending 1/2 a year in Armenia and he loves it. porting this type of lens to a lens that already lends itself to traveling/portability is a great idea.

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    • Jared Stewart

      I agree. I bought the 24-70 f/2.8 VC about a year ago and have been loving it for both stills and video.

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