Oh boy! If you think the "horsepower" battles are only among the number of megapixels and the zoom ratio of fixed lens digital cameras, think again! Tamron has pushed the envelop(e) again, this time with an 18-270mm Di-II (digital only) VC (vibration correction, aka stabilized) lens. This is Tamron model B0003.
This roughly translates to 28-420mm, and it joins the fixed-lens superzooms with a 15X zoom ratio. Zoom! Zoom! It will be available in Canon and Nikon flavors, and the Nikon flavor will have a built-in focus motor to facilitate one of its major target audiences, the D40/D40x and D60 users.
We searched Amazon but could not find it listed for pre-orders.
Coverage on the net
- Details of this new lens at dpreview.
- More details via Photography Blog
- More including development background at the Adorama Newsdesk
- Giant picture of the lens at AP UK
- Also at dpnow now.
- If you want to practice your German language skills, check Photoscala.de.
- Also at The Digital Picture
- Computer-translated Tamron Japan announcement. And the Tamron USA announcement
Reactions in the forums
It's just 28 ounces exclaims a Nikon user.
Is this going to kill Fuji S100fs sales, asks a worried Finepix user.
The non-denominational News forum users have a detailed existential discussion.
And how good will it be asks someone in the Pentax forum.