New Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD lens to be announced soon

Tamron will soon announce a new 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD lens for APS-C based DSLR cameras. The price of the old Tamron 16-300mm lens is currently $130 off.

A new Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD G2 has also been rumored for a while as well.

This week Zeiss will also announce a new Milvus 35mm f/1.4 ZF.2 DSLR lens.

Some additional pictures of the Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD lens:

Via Nokishita

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  • Rich P

    Huh, that should be a super sharp from end to end. 🙂

    • Spy Black

      It’s too bad such a lens couldn’t be sharp throughout it’s range. It’d be damned convenient! I think with modern tech they may pull it off in part of the range, but I can imagine how scary it may look at the extremes.

      • CrashingOut

        Jack of all trades, master of none.
        In other words, will sell like hot cakes.

        • sickheadache

          DX boys and girls step right up and get your hot cakes of nothingness, the New Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD****
          .WHAT? 10 Hotcakes were only made…Selling Like Hotcakes…Sold Out!

          **** Lens Produced at Soft City, Japan.

  • Josh Bird

    Wow this better not be more than 700$ bc let’s be honest. Its not that fast and it’s probably not gonna be that sharp. Would be a wonderful all around travel lens tho for someone getting into photography.

    • harvey

      and a comparable lens is what? This is the ideal walk-around consumer travel lens.

      • Josh Bird

        That’s exactly what I said. Someone getting into photography. Aka a regular consumer. Bc I don’t consider someone a consumer if they are doing it longer than 2 years. I consider them serious photographers and in some cases professionals. And serious but not pro photographers should get a sigma 18-35 1.8, 50mm 1.8, and a 70-200 2.8 tamron unless they have the money for nikon. That is a great array. This lens will not impress serious photographers. . It’s gonna have comparable quality to the 18-300s and the 18-200s from various companies.

        • Josh Bird

          And pro photographers usually have a 50 1.8 and a 70-200 2.8

          • harvey

            pro photographers have the lenses they need – its based on economics. Consumers will equally buy what they need as their demands are for just that – what they need. These are the everyday folks not the hobbyists – who are more concerned with specs. The consumers want something easy to use, covers many bases and makes their lives easy.

            • Josh Bird

              Yes, because consumers are not concerned with the best image quality possible. Therefore, this lens will be perfect for them.

  • I would be willing to write a full review with sample photos if you send me one! – shooting with a Nikon D750

    • Mauro Schramm

      Are you talking about the new Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD lens.

      I think “Di II” means that it is an aps-c lens.

      • Yes, this will be an APS-C lens.

      • Yes, the D750 can auto-switch to DX mode…still willing to give a full review in exchange for the lens…would be a convenient travel lens!

        • vriesk

          You’re better served with either Tamron or Nikon 28-300mm.

  • Eric Calabros

    what a short distance between 200 and 400 mark

    • Bob Thane

      Same as the distance between 200 and 100, and 100 and 50. Seems like a pretty linear progression in terms of focal length multiples. (Not linear in terms of mm, but rather field of view.)

  • This isn’t just a super zoom, it’s a super duper zoom!

    Shame that its image quality will probably be only mediocre at best.

  • T.I.M

    27-600mm equivalent is still better than a smartphone.

    • nwcs

      Except in portability, workflow, and integration departments 😉

  • Allan

    Anybody have experience with the Tamron 18-300 lens?

    • S Cargill

      A bought one a few years back tried it on my D7000 for one weekend and returned it. I couldn’t get a tack sharp image at any focal length.

      • Allan


  • TwoMetreBill

    Needs to be 15-xxx to qualify as a travel lens.

  • bobgrant

    I had the 18-300 and it was surprisingly sharp, though with some expected distortion. I used it as a vacation lens and enjoyed it. Tamron has gotten pretty adept at these superzooms.

  • HotDuckZ

    Cheaper than Nikon 18-300 3.5-6.3 and I will be Tamronian.

    • TwoStrayCats

      Excellent. You will have freedom of movement throughout the EU and cradle to grave health coverage. But you will be subject to being drafted in the Tamronian Army.

  • A low-priced superzoom (covering that big range) has never impressed me in terms of image quality.

  • James Michael

    I keep hoping they will make a 300-800mm.

    • Brett A. Wheeler

      200-400 with a 2x tele-converter.

      • James Michael

        Never had good results with a TC.

    • Spy Black

      Nah, just make it and 18-800…

    • David
      • James Michael

        I know, but unless Bill Gates gives it to me for my birthday it ain’t happening.

        I would settle for a Tamron 300-750mm. I have the old 150-600mm, and they could just chop 150mm off the bottom and add it to the top. Easy. (Yes, I know it doesn’t work like that.)

  • animalsbybarry

    Impressive zoom range
    I doubt however the image quality wil be at all impressive

  • bobgrant

    I just ordered the Tokina 9-750mm FX QD VC Mark III F/3.2-8.6.

  • Amir

    Tamron 18-400mm?? f/3.5-6.3??I have learnt through several years of my experiences in photography that never trusting on more than maximum 2.5-3.0 times in zoom ranges and variable,higher F !! ‘Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD G2’ is appealing,however!

    • pedantic_brit

      Nikon’s 80-400G is a 5 x zoom and fairly well regarded.

      • Amir

        By whom?!Cellphone users?!Look at Thom Hogan,Nasim Mansurov,and others to see why it is NOT fairly well regarded!!

        • pedantic_brit

          Well Thom has it on his recommended list. Perhaps you are confusing it with the first version which was one of Nikon’s early VR lenses, if not the first. I owned that too once upon a time. Optically it was Ok but the VR was quirky and the AF painfully slow.

          • Amir

            Well,generally speaking,if you are shooting as a professional,and you have well-informed customers to deal with their given dollars,even that second generation of 80-400 has nothing to say,but a pain in butt.Of course,if you are shooting just for the sake of fun,this is OK lens to do so!

  • karayuschij

    Is it macro (1:1) too?

    • Yes, and tilt-shift.



  • Mehdi R

    Don’t even expect “convincing” sharpness trough 150mm to 400mm, I have on of Nikon 18-300mm f3.5-6.3 and IQ @300mm is total garbage.

    • harvey

      it would be more than enough for most on-line postings and that is what the majority of consumers want.

      • paige4o4

        It’ll be perfect for Instagram posts.

  • %(numUsers)

    I’m conflicted.

    On the one hand, expecting anything worthwile from an ultrazoom like that is just plain silly.

    On the other hand… Tamron pulled off a 18-200 competitor at a great price point, they’ve pulled off a 14-24 killer, a couple of very capable primes recently, and years before all this a 70-300 VC which gave Nikon’s offering a rather good run for its money.

    I dunno… I think this one could be decent after all. Nohing to write home about, but if it’s not entirely shit, they could make a mint off of it from the “yeah, that’ll do for when I don’t want to fuck around with lens changes” travel market.

  • Eric Duminil

    This could be a fun lens for mountain treks. It gives you a very good reach, a wide-ish angle, it works with a bigger sensor than m4/3 or Nikon 1, there’s no need to swap lenses in a dusty environment and it’s still not too big or too heavy. It won’t be super sharp, but it’ll probably sharp enough for web pictures.

    • Spy Black

      If this works on a N1 through the FT1 it could actually be a lot of fun. Center area probably wouldn’t be so horrible. Not sure if it’s smaller or larger the the N1 70-300, I would imagine it’d be larger, but if it’s ~$700 it would be cheaper than the 70-300, with greater reach and range, albeit with a slight aperture hit.

      • Captain Megaton

        I suspect you’ll lose an awful lot of sharpness/contrast vs. the 70-300cx. I’ve been playing around with the 55-200VR on the FT1 and I find I lose a lot going to the CX 1″ crop – lens resolution starts to bite hard. And that’s a lens regarded as one of the better consumer zooms.

        • pedantic_brit

          I sold my FT1 a while back. I much preferred the 70-300 CX to my 80-400G plus FT1. I would be very curious to try my 70-300 AF-P with an FT1 on my V3 though. I used to get great IQ from a 300 f4 AF-S plus FT1, with and w/o a TC but yhe inability to zoom out and center point AF only were major limitations. The FT1 got me into N1 – poor man’s TC – but found little use for it after getting the 70-300cx.

          • Captain Megaton

            The FT1 works nicely with the 50/1.8G and the 40/2.8G DX, so even if you have the 70-300cx the adapter can still serves some reduced purpose.

            • pedantic_brit

              Agreed, the 85 1.8 works well too. Good options for silent shooting but would be much better if native focus was possible with the FT1.

        • Spy Black

          I dunno, I get pretty good results from my 55-200, whether it’s on my old D5100 or on my J4 through the FT1. It is indeed one of the better consumer zooms. Perhaps you have a bad copy. Below is a shot with the lens at 200mm on the J4. The Tamron, although it will be pushed much harder, benefits from modern tech. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what it can actually do.

          • Captain Megaton

            Your photo is in line with what I got too, so I think my copy is typical. It’s not bad – I just think the DX photos taken with the lens look quite a lot sharper than that. .. the only telezoom to get legit sharp on N1 I’ve seen is the 70-300cx, neither the N1 30-110 nor the 55-200 reach that level. I /can/ generate much the same with a 100mm macro on the FT1 though, I was surprised.

            • Spy Black

              I don’t doubt the CX lens will be better, I just think all things considered it’s pretty good.

  • Colin Stuart

    I wonder how much focus breathing this will have…

  • tobi

    The older Tamron is 16-300 not 18-300.

    Looking forward to this new 18-400. Could be a fun lense when all you want is an all in one. As someone else mentioned, Tamron has been doing good things with its new products lately. There is a chance that this is decent, not a high chance but it could be nice.

  • 27-600mm lens for SLR :). If the AF and sharpness is as good as Nikon 28-300mm, I’m getting it for travel.

  • Captain Megaton

    It’s a shame really that this class of lens has devolved into “my zoom is longer than your zoom”. Then again if you are trading image quality and brightness for convenience, why bother to stop half way?

    • harvey

      because sometimes all you need is a shot to put on-line? To make an 8×10 for the wall? Very few people print anything these days.

      • Captain Megaton

        Note my (rhetorical) question was actually “why bother to stop half way?”. Instead you basically told everyone to just skip this lens and get a P900 instead… 😀

        • harvey

          actually, since I have used a P900, it would fit the needs of a large number of people who currently own dslrs with just a few tweeks.

  • Carlo

    Top small range for me. I will wait till the 8 – 800 for full frame is out … And then I will buy a compact camera with a huuuuuge zoom.

  • Kim

    Another entry in the competition “How soft can you make it”…

  • ArkadiiShapoval

    wow! I’ve used 18-200, 18-270, 18-270 pzd and 16-300, and each next generation is better and better!

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