Tamron has released details of the 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD (Model B061), its first extended-range zoom lens for Fujifilm and Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras.

Angled view of the Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD (Model B061), Fujifilm version. (Source: Tamron.)

Claimed as the world’s first1 16.6x all-in-one zoom lens for cameras with APS-C sized sensors, it is also Tamron’s first lens for the Fujifilm X-mount. The new lens covers a zoom range from approximately 27mm to 450mm (full-frame equivalent focal length) and features a MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 15cm at the 18mm setting plus a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2 (half life size). Limited details have been provided about the optical design of the new lens although Tamron has revealed its AF drive system uses linear motors with VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) for superior quietness and responsiveness. Special lens elements are ‘arranged 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’.

The proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism is included to counteract camera shake at high magnifications. The new lens also features moisture-resistant construction, a fluorine coating on the front element to repel moisture and grime and a zoom lock switch. It accepts the same 67mm filter size as other Tamron lenses for mirrorless cameras. Due to the current global health crisis, the release date, product price and product supply schedule are subject to change but both versions of the lens are planned for release this year. Click here for more information.