Tamron announced the lightest 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC zoom lens for Nikon F mount

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Tamron announced the lightest 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC zoom lens for Nikon F mount (among 18-200mm interchangeable lenses for APS-C DSLR cameras with image stabilization, weight: 400g/14.1oz):

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The price of the new version is $249 and shipping will start on August 20th. Technical specifications, MTF charts and other details can be found over at PhotoRumors.com.

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  • Aldo

    So ironic… the ‘knock off’ brands get it right…

    • I agree, but there is a reason for it. As they say, No. 2 has to be on his toes. Nikon and canon have become somewhat complacent because of their dominance in market. But 200-500 shows that they have realized the danger.

      • Eric Calabros

        I dont see danger, and a response to that danger (It takes 2 years or even a bit more from design to making the lens, so they had the idea from long time ago. If it was a response, it would mean Nikon has suddenly become a fast company, which I think is not true 🙂 All those 150-600 lenses acted as a free market research for them and result was clear: people are ready to pay for f/5.6 convenient tele zoom, if priced right.

        • JXVo

          And if sharp enough. The previous 170-500 and 150-500 Siggys are dreadful. The newer 150-600 crop of lenses are much sharper and focus faster for much the same price.

          • Rob

            The 150-500 works fine on APS, which is arguably the real test for a full frame lens. A friend uses it for rally shots on D5100 and I have seen him get a hundred sharp action images in a row.

        • FountainHead

          You don’t see danger?
          Checked out Nikon’s stock chart anytime in the last three years?

          • Eric Calabros

            and thats because of Sigma? I confidently doubt that 🙂

            • FountainHead

              Cause of the danger isn’t that relevant when it’s coming from all angles…

        • nwcs

          There were a lot of lenses in that realm before the recent 150-600 ones:

          Sigma 80-400
          Sigma 50-500
          Sigma 150-500
          Tamron 200-500
          etc.

          So it could easily be a response to those lenses. It’s just that Sigma and Tamron beat Nikon to the punch with an affordable 600mm reach zoom.

          • Eric Calabros

            Canikon sales drop is not because someone else out there made 600mm reach available. (Nikon’s own CX 70-300 made 800mm available, so what?). so I see no danger here. Sigma/Tamron/Tokina lenses even worked in favor of F mount strength, in a collapsing market where Death to DSLR is heard everyday

            • nwcs

              I don’t think you got my point but that’s OK.

      • Aldo

        I think for a lot of people… who previously didnt even consider owning a modern ff superzoom… suddently, it becomes a posibility. It’s an instant hit.

    • Spy Black

      …if you don’t mind a 2 stop loss. Assuming it isn’t optically shìt, it would be fun on a Nikon 1 body.

      • Aldo

        Oh yeah it is a slow lens… but tamron understands sensors are getting better and people don’t want to carry heavy and bulky lenses… for a walk around lens anyway.

      • On an FF body, along with good VR those 2 stops matter a lot less nowadays.

        • Spy Black

          …except it’s not a FF lens.

          • It’s not? Damn. My bad.

  • Eric Calabros

    This and a discounted DX DSLR that you can find for $400= a nice travel combo under $700!
    Thats why mirrorless systems still struggling to grab market share in this segment: its too damn cheap

    • Aldo

      not to mention they also struggle to keep up in battery life and responsiveness.

      • Eric Calabros

        Traveler Average Joe doesnt care about live histogram or focus peaking through viewfinder and things like that. But he really wants to select one of his awkward composition images, add some tags to it, write a 😉 above it, and send to his even-has-less-clue-about-picture-quality friend in Facebook. Right now, he cant. No matter a mirror is in front of the sensor or not

        • Patrick O’Connor

          I think your point would be more easily discerned if you could add a little more condescension to it…

          • Eric Calabros

            No, thats enough for today

            • Patrick O’Connor

              🙂

  • whisky

    “high durability engineering resin”
    lightweight, inexpensive, and better than the low durability stuff. 🙂

    • FountainHead

      “And it’s genuine plastic, don’t settle for imitations!”
      –Some Cincinnati radio station, c. 1979.

      • Y_Lee_Kiode

        “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!!!”

        • FountainHead

          You know, the first time I saw that show, I missed that line. I was laughing too hard at Les’ terrified description of the family that attacked him that I hadn’t composed myself.

          • Ric

            Look a skydiver….

            My GOD. They’re TURKEYS!

        • Ric

          they’re hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement.

  • TheInfinityPoint

    Another one? Don’t they know when enough is enough? Hahaha. The market must be saturated with these 18-xxx lenses.

    • nwcs

      Or… people just keep buying them. The quest for the perfect walkaround/travel lens or something. Or the people who treat their camera like a point and shoot (which is most people in all probability)

      • Patrick O’Connor

        Probably one more than you think.

      • VikingAesir

        They make a very good compromise for backpackers or anyone where weight is a real concern but they still want the image quality and control of a DSLR and can’t carry an extra 20 lbs worth of lenses.

    • MonkeySpanner

      Haha. Yes, they are literally laying on the ground everywhere when you go to popular shooting spots!

      • TheInfinityPoint

        Lol I do see them everywhere in fact. I live near Waikiki in Honolulu, and see tourists with an 18-xxx lens quite often, usually the tamron version. The only lens I see more often than that is the 18-55 kit lens haha!

  • Aldo

    Your average person doesn’t understand why he/she has to carry the new 24-70mm instead of this… no matter how much you try to explain (I’ve tried) all they is 18-200mm >24-70mm. As a matter of fact.. the only thing ‘wrong’ they would see with the tamron… is that it isnt nikon.

    • Patrick O’Connor

      If he/she doesn’t understand, he/she SHOULDN’T be carrying the new 24-70mm…they should give it to me and I’ll carry it! 🙂

  • fanboy fagz

    well tamron were the pioneers of the superzooms. the 28-200 28-300. tons of versions. pretty amazing. tamron and sigma are really banging winners out. this is not a stellar IQ like a 2.8 zoom but for its purpose (a travel all in one light lens) im certain its a winner. also, their VC is one of the best in the biz

  • Tom Co

    Forums should cater for and appeal to all levels of skills and budgets. There is nothing wrong at all with more, good quality products coming on the market at competitive pricing; Newbies are on a different budget and skill level. I was there once and look back on it fondly; let’s welcome all additions to the Nikon mount range.

    • Well said. But I still object to 18-55 ones.

      • Tom Co

        Ha! I gave mine to a kids charity (but I know what you mean?!)

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