Tamron Unveils High-power M4/3 Zoom Lens

Tamron has released details of a new high-power zoom lens, the 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III VC (Model C001), which is designed specifically for Micro Four Thirds system mirrorless cameras.

Tamron's new 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III VC lens for Micro Four Thirds system cameras. (Source: Tamron.)

The new lens has a metal finish and will be offered in two colours: black and silver. It covers focal lengths equivalent to 28-300mm in 35mm format. The optical design consists of 17 elements in 13 groups and includes one LD (Low Dispersion) glass element, two moulded-glass aspherical elements and one hybrid aspherical element to minimise the effects of common aberrations. A seven-bladed iris diaphragm closes to a circular aperture to ensure attractive bokeh.

Focusing is driven by a stepping motor optimised to support silent, quick and accurate auto focusing. The lens design results in a compact body measuring only 80.4 mm and extending to 85.2 mm. With a  diameter of just 63mm, this lens accepts 52 mm filters. Overall weight is just 280 grams.

Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) stabilisation mechanism employs a three-coil system, in which three driving coils activate the shake-compensating VC lens group electromagnetically via three ceramic balls. The VC lens elements are held in place only by contact with the ceramic balls, achieving smooth movement with little friction. This provides a stable viewfinder image with excellent tracking performance. The Tamron 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III VC lens can focus to 50 cm from a subject, providing a maximum magnifaction ratio of 1:3.8 at the 150mm setting. It is supplied with a petal-shaped lens hood.

No details have been provided on local release dates and pricing.