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Bring all of life’s treasures into focus

The world's lightest in its class, with VC image stabilisation

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Covering focal lengths from 18 to 200mm, this compact zoom allows you to take great shots in a wide variety of situations. This is a lens made for capturing everyday life and special occasions with a smile. This innovative lens is lightweight, high-quality and ideal as a beginner’s first interchangeable lens – or a casual user’s only lens. And even beginners can take great photos at long distances, at night, and indoors, avoiding camera shake thanks to Tamron's acclaimed VC mechanism.

No need to change lenses—shoot in a wide variety of settings, from true wideangle to telephoto, with a single lens

A zoom range of 18 to 200mm (35mm equivalent: 28-310mm) takes you all the way from wide-angle shots in tight places to long-zoom telephoto images of distant objects. This lens is ideal for everything from large group photos, family pictures, portraits, scenery, animals and school events right down to close-up shots (less than 0.5m) of small subjects such as flowers, insects or food.

With great flexibility, compact size and low weight, this lens is great for daily all-round use, as well as for vacations, activities requiring little baggage or for families with children and all their gear in tow.

Comfortable to carry all day – the lightest lens in its class

This all-in-one megazoom lens features Tamron’s VC (Vibration Compensation)**, but weighs a mere 400g (14.1oz). The core of its user-friendliness is the design emphasis on portability and convenience. Photographers will appreciate its incredible balance and comfortable feel, even on the newest APS-C DSLRs.

Improved AF mechanism

A newly designed autofocus drive module with optimal DC motor-gear train integration makes AF faster, quieter and more precise.

Delivers enhanced imaging performance in a lightweight package

Featuring 16 elements in 14 groups, the 18-200mm VC uses an LD (Low Dispersion) lens element to minimise chromatic aberrations. A circular seven-blade aperture diaphragm maintains an almost perfectly round shape even at two stops down from its maximum aperture, providing desirable and beautiful bokeh with point light sources blurring into naturally rounded shapes.

Other features add durability

For added dependability and longer life, Tamron's moisture-resistant construction helps prevent damage caused by accidental exposure to wetness. The 18-200 VC also comes with a Zoom Lock feature to prevent unwanted barrel extension when users carry their DSLR outfit with the lens pointed downwards.

  • * Among 18-200mm interchangeable lenses for APS-C DSLR cameras with O.I.S. (As of June, 2015. Source: Tamron).
  • ** The Sony mount is not equipped with the VC image stabilisation mechanism, as the body of Sony's digital SLR cameras has a built-in image stabilisation function. Consequently, the lens with a Sony mount is referred to as the 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II and does not include the VC description.

Optical design

LD
Low Dispersion

Sharpens edges by reducing 'colour fringing'

Chromatic aberration occurs when a lens element refracts different wavelengths of a ray of light – its rainbow colours – at very slightly different angles. This results in the 'colour fringing' that reduces the sharpness of an image. LD elements are made from special glass materials with extremely low dispersion indices (i.e. the refraction of a ray of light into rainbow colours is extremely narrow). Thus they effectively compensate for chromatic aberration at the centre of the field (on axis), a particular problem at long focal lengths (the telephoto end of the zoom range), and for lateral chromatic aberration (toward the edges of the field) that often occurs at short (wideangle) focal lengths.

Although costly, LD glass materials result in clear, vivid image quality.

Low Disperison glass

200mm @ f/8. The rounded diaphragm creates beautiful natural circular background highlights.

Rounded diaphragm blades give natural-looking circular blur highlightsRounded diaphragm

The rounded outline diaphragm of the lens is retained even when closed down 2 stops less than maximum. Blur highlights in a photo reflect the shape of the aperture, and they are a much more prominent feature at wider apertures. Particularly noticeable in longer lenses, this important optical design element results in more attractive, natural-looking images.


Other features

VCVibration Compensation

Stabilises camera blur for sharp images in low light

If you're shooting handheld when light is low, especially with longer lenses, your camera's shutter speeds can extend to a point where the image may turn out blurred due to camera shake. Tamron's VC tracks this shake and neutralises it for sharper images without the inconvenience of a tripod or the artificiality of a flash, in much lower light.

Tamron's unique VC mechanism uses a proprietary actuator and algorithms to deliver an extremely stable viewfinder image with excellent tracking. The tri-axial system uses three driving coils to move internal optical components within the VC lens electromagnetically, based on signals originating from three ball bearings, made from either steel or ceramic. The VC lens elements are held in place only by contact with the balls, achieving smooth movement with minimal friction.

Tamron's original moving magnet system employed a heavy magnet positioned near the moving VC lens element. The improved VC reverses the positions of magnet and coil and attaches the VC optic to the coil. This moving coil is lighter than the magnet, and as this reduces the load on the drive system, both the VC unit and the lens are lighter and more compact.

Vibration Compensation mechanism in Tamron lenses

Minimum focus distance of 50cm

Designed exclusively for APS-C sized digital SLR cameras, this all-in-one zoom covers every angle. Its minimum focal distance of 0.50m (19.6 in.) at 200mm and macro capability to 1:4 allows you to enjoy serious, high-quality macro photography with astonishing convenience.

Moisture resistance adds protection

Moisture-resistant body construction helps prevent water from penetrating the lens, making it well suited ideal for travel and shooting outdoors.

ZL
Zoom-lock mechanism

Useful when carrying the lens/camera over the shoulder

Another original Tamron mechanical engineering concept is the zoom-lock mechanism, which prevents the weight of the lens barrel from extending the lens when carried on the camera pointing downward. This eliminates the danger of accidentally knocking the lens while walking around and enhances responsiveness in the field. Simply zoom the lens out to its widest focal length and use the sliding zoom-lock switch to lock the barrel in place.

Specifications

Model no. B018
Focal length 18-200mm (28-310mm equivalent)
Maximum aperture f/3.5-6.3
Angles of view (diagonal) 75°33' - 7°59'
Lens construction 16 elements in 14 groups
Minimum focus distance at 180mm: 0.49m (19.3 in.)
at 35mm: 0.77m (30.3 in.)
at 200mm: 0.50m (19.7 in.)
Maximum magnification ratio 1:4 (at 200mm and MFD 0.50m)
Length Canon 96.6mm (3.8 in.)
Nikon 94.1mm (3.7 in.)
Filter diameter 62mm
Maximum diameter 74.4mm (2.9 in.)
Weight* 400g (14.1oz)
Diaphragm blades 7
Minimum aperture f/22 (18mm) to f/40 (200mm)
Standard accessory Flower-shaped Lens Hood, lens caps
Mounts available Nikon, Canon, Sony

* Weight figure is for Nikon-mount lens.
** Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc may be changed without prior notice.

Available for

Nikon | Canon | Sony

Di II Digitally Integrated for DSLRs with small sensors

Di II lenses are designed for exclusive use on digital SLR cameras with APS-C-format image sensors. This kind of sensor has dimensions smaller than that of a frame of 35mm film. Di II lenses are usually more compact and lightweight.

All Tamron Di II lenses provide maximal image resolution and minimal peripheral light falloff. They also increase light transmission and eliminate the ghosting and flare with advanced multi-coating on both external and internal lens surfaces.

Tamron's Di II range

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Tamron Lens Catalogue 2015


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