lenses galore… now give us more?
The world of photographic tools expands yet again!
Tamron, a Japanese manufacturer of lenses under its own brands as well as under contract for other companies, has announced a 100 – 400mm lens will be launched before the end of 2017.
September 15, 2017, Commack, New York— Tamron USA, Inc. announces the development of a new ultra-telephoto 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD zoom lens (Model A035) for full-frame DSLR cameras. The advanced optical design of Model A035 includes 3 LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements for greater aberration reduction and Tamron’s original eBAND Coating for superior anti-reflection performance. At 39.3 oz., the new lens is the lightest weight in its class and features magnesium material in key areas of the lens barrel to improve weight reduction, strength and portability.
DATE OF LAUNCH
100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A035）
For Canon and Nikon mount
Launch planned by the end of 2017
39 ounces (2.4 pounds) is a somewhat impressive weight…
The Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens comes in at 49 ounces (3 pounds),
The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens comes in at 3.45 pounds,
And the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens comes in at 3.5 pounds.
This new lens is also on top of the uber utilitarian 18 – 400mm zoom lens announced and released earlier this year…
June 23, 2017, Commack, New York – Tamron, 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 (4.8in./24.9oz.) 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 photographing a wide variety of ultra-telephoto images including everyday casual scenes. The 18-400mm will be available in the U.S. at the end of July at $649.
Considering that the 18 – 400mm lens has garnered good customer reviews, and Tamron’s other recent lenses have also been well received, I can’t help but think Tamron’s new 100 – 400mm lens will be a great alternative to equivalent brand name lenses.
However, I’m going to go ahead and guess that Tamron is going to take a lens out of Sigma’s Art lens book and price their 100 – 400mm at only a small relative discount to its peers.
Current Pricing for Comparable Lenses:
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens – $2049.00
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens – $2,296.95
Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens – $2,498.00
I’m going to bet Tamron’s 100 – 400mm lens comes in around $1799 – $1899. Just enough of a discount to entice customers while still keeping a nice margin for Tamron on a relatively popular lens.
Anyways, let’s hope Tamron’s new lens turns out to be a good value.