Tamron has announced its first ever lens for the Fujifilm X-mount, the Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD, which is also available for the Sony E-mount.
Billed as "the first APS-C mirrorless camera zoom lens in the world with a 16.6x zoom ratio" (with optics such as the Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary already available for full-frame Canon, Nikon and Pentax cameras), the Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD is also the first all-in-one zoom lens for the X-mount, boasting an impressive 27-450mm equivalent focal range in full frame (35mm) terms.
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As is par for the course with lens announcements, the manufacturer states that image quality is superb. "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."
The 18-300mm possesses a minimum object distance of 0.15m / 0.49ft at the 18mm wide end, along with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2, giving it a clear strength for close-up shooting.
While the number of stops of correction has not been revealed, the lens also boasts Tamron's Vibration Compensation (the VC in the lens' name) technology for in-lens image stabilization, which will reduce camera shake especially when shooting at the 300mm long end.
It's also a weather-sealed lens, making it suitable for all-weather shooting, and features the manufacturer's VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor autofocus mechanism "for superior quietness and agile performance."
Helpfully for owners of other Tamron lenses, it has a unified 67mm filter size in line with the manufacturer's other mirrorless optics. And, while the size and dimensions weren't revealed, Tamron describes it as "comfortably compact."
The Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD will be available "sometime at the end of 2021", with pricing still to be confirmed.