The lords and ladies of lenses at Tamron have revealed their ongoing development of a new lens, slated for release sometime in the fall: the 18–300mm f/3.5–6.3 Di III-A VC VXD (or B061 for short).
The mirrorless APS-C lens will be available not only for the Sony E-mount (the only mirrorless mount for which Tamron has released lenses thus far) but also for the Fujifilm X-mount. The development of one almost certainly means that more are coming, so this is pretty exciting news for digital Fuji photographers!
So, what can we expect from the limited information available so far? There’s a lot in the name alone…
A broad focal length range, with a 16.6x ratio and
a 27–450mm full-frame-equivalent field of view.
Max apertures at each end.
Pretty standard values for an all-in-one.
Di III lenses are made for mirrorless cameras; the A
at the end means the lens is made for APS-C sensors.
Tamron’s renowned Vibration Control stabilization system.
The “Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive” linear focus system
made to provide fast, whisper-soft AF that won’t ruin your video.
As we’ve come to expect from Tamron, this lens is being designed to offer close-up abilities in addition to a wide focal range for maximum versatility in one compact package. The minimum focusing distance at the wide end is only 5.9″, allowing for a respectable 1:2 magnification ratio. Tamron has also indicated that the lens will feature moisture-resistant construction, an easy-clean fluorine coating, and convenient zoom lock.
The 18–300mm lens is expected to ship this fall, but we don’t have a hard release date or price available yet. When we do, you’ll be able to pick yours up at a Mike’s Camera near you or from the comfort of your home on our website.
TAMRON Announces the Development of its
First Lens for FUJIFILM X-Mount
Also Available in Sony E-mount
18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD (model B061)
The world’s first 16.6x all-in-one zoom for APS-C mirrorless cameras
July 21, 2021, Commack, NY – Tamron Co., Ltd. announces the development of its first lens for FUJIFILM X-mount and Sony E-mount cameras simultaneously. The lenses are expected to be available in the Fall 2021.
Since the launch of the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036), a fast-aperture standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras in 2018, TAMRON has continually expanded its line of lenses for Sony mirrorless cameras. The popularity and wide adoption of these lenses prompted many user requests for the manufacture of the lens for other camera brands.
As a specialist in the all-in-one zoom lens category, TAMRON recognized the potential to develop the first all-in-one zoom lens for the FUJIFILM X-mount. The 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A2 VC VXD (Model B061) is the world’s first all-in-one zoom lens for Sony and FUJIFILM APS-C mirrorless cameras featuring a 16.6x zoom ratio. To provide the pleasure of photography to more people around the world, TAMRON will continue to develop unique products and expand the number of lenses compatible with more camera brands.
Overview of the 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD (Model B061) Features
The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 covers a wide zoom range from approximately 27mm to 450mm (full-frame equivalent focal length). The first APS-C mirrorless camera zoom lens in the world with a 16.6x zoom ratio, the lens delivers the benefits of a versatile all-in-one zoom lens ideal for a broad array of photographic possibilities. Its AF drive system uses TAMRON’s linear motor focus mechanism VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) for superior quietness and agile performance; and the lens includes special lens elements arranged precisely to maintain high resolution performance from edge-to-edge and provide high image quality that is among the best of all all-in-one zoom lenses.
With an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 5.9” at the wide end and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2, this lens performs astonishingly well in its category when shooting up close. It is equipped with TAMRON’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism that supports stable photography even at ultra-telephoto focal lengths. And it features a unified Ø67mm filter size, the same as most other TAMRON lenses for mirrorless cameras.
1 Among interchangeable zoom lenses for APS-C mirrorless cameras (As of June 2021: TAMRON)
2 Di III-A: For APS-C format mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras
Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.