Tamron has announced an update for its popular AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A14) lens, which was introduced a decade ago.


 Tamron’s updated 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B018) lens. (Source: Tamron.)
 Designed for DSLR   cameras with APS-C sized sensors, the new 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B018) lens includes the latest  optical and mechanical design to achieve compactness and high performance. The optical design features 16 elements in 14 groups and includes one low-dispersion (LD) and one hybrid aspherical element. VC image stabilisation is built into the versions of the lens with Canon and Nikon mounts. At a weight of just 400 grams, it claims to be the lightest zoom lens in its class.  

Like its predecessor, the 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens is designed for everyday photographers and travellers who require shooting versatility without unnecessary weight. It is made mainly from high-durability engineering resin and is moisture-resistant to enable it to be used outdoors  in damp and misty conditions (but not heavy rain). Its redesigned autofocus drive module uses optimised DC motor-gear train integration to make focusing faster, quieter and more precise.

The new lens can focus down to 49 cm, delivering a maximum magnification of 1:4 at 200mm with a camera-subject distance of 50 cm. It accepts 62 mm filters. Seven diaphragm blades close to a circular aperture. The minimum aperture ranges from f/22 to f/40. The lens is supplied with front and end caps plus a petal-shaped lens hood. It will be offered in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts.

The new lens is scheduled to go on sale internationally later this month with a published price tag of US$249. Full details can be found at https://www.tamron.co.jp/en/lineup/b018/.