Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD lens announced



Tamron officially announced their all-in-one 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD super-zoom lens. The US pricing is $649 (pre-order links: Adorama, B&H).

The new Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens will be announced in the next few days. The US pricing will be $1,199.

Technical specifications of the Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD lens:

Model B028
Focal Length 18-400mm
Maximum Aperture F/3.5-6.3
Angle of View (diagonal) 75°33' - 4°
(for APS-C format)
Optical Construction 16 elements in 11 groups
Minimum Object Distance* 0.45m (17.7 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:2.9
Filter Size Φ72mm
Maximum Diameter Φ79mm
Length** 123.9mm (4.9 in) Canon
121.4mm (4.8 in) Nikon
Weight 710g (25 oz) Canon
705g (24.9 oz) Nikon
Aperture Blades 7 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F/22-40
Image Stabilization Performance 2.5 Stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
For Canon: EOS-80D is used / For Nikon: D7200 is used
Standard Accessories Flower-shaped lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon

Additional information including sample photos and MTF charts can be found here. The press release can be founnd here.

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  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    Kinda weird that Tamron is anouncing the 2 lenses days or weeks apart, isn’t it?

    • I think they delayed it after the Sigma announcement. The new Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 should be coming next week.

      • CaMeRa QuEsT

        I’ve read that Tamron was going for a $100 cheaper MSRP than Sigma’s, maybe they decided to price it at the same price now?

        • or maybe that’s why the delayed it – in order to change the price

        • sickheadache

          Heard the same..wants to undercut Sigma.. I also wonder if the new Tamron is the same old lens in new clothing…

    • nwcs

      Not always. Keeps them being discussed on various forums and sites. Good marketing strategy.

  • Pablo And-Jennifer Gabetta

    Tempting… but we all know anything above 3x zoom is not fast at af and not sharp….
    It’d be nice if this is a “game changer” but I doubt it.

    • Bob Thane

      It’s certainly not going to be a game changer for those using 400mm f2.8 lenses or even a 200-500 VR, but if you’re currently using an 18-200 or 18-300 it sure is a game changer.

      • Pablo And-Jennifer Gabetta

        Can’t compare lenses that are double or quintuple the price, this is only a $600 lens.
        But if it can come close to a 200-500 it would be nice.
        I don’t have any lens that are more than 2.9x Zoom.

        • Pablo And-Jennifer Gabetta

          Well, I just watched the review and It looks like this lens: sucks big time!

          Only sharp at 18 but it shows a ot of barrel distortion and by 50 it shows pincushion. 400mm is “usable” and we all know what that means…

          • Maxou

            It means it’s usable 🙂
            Not a lens for the enthusiast seeking for high image quality, but a great all-around tool I guess

          • ToastyFlake

            What review? The only review I saw posted in this thread (Amateur Photography) rated it 4 out 5 stars and the reviewer said it was a “really good” lens.

            • Pablo And-Jennifer Gabetta

              Did you watch the whole video and what he said about sharpness and pincushion? I’m just going by what he said.
              It does make sense it would not be sharp and have a lot of distortion. Is too much zoom.
              3x max I always say.
              Right now I’m shooting a 2x zoom, 200-400vr2

  • Aditya Gupta

    It has already been reviewed!
    amateurphotography site

  • Aditya Gupta

    Review is already available!!

    • Thanks, I got your message!

      • br0xibear

        “Tamron has created a new breed of superzoom lens that will appeal to hobbyists and amateurs who’d like to carry one lens to cover all bases.”

        “Compromises do always have to be made
        choosing an all-in-one lens that attempts so much across its range. Results at full telephoto are usable, but not spectacular. The visible distortion and chromatic aberration is rather offensive too, but shooting and editing in the raw format can remedy these optical flaws.
        For those after an all-in-one lens suitable for travel, safari and a multitude of different uses it’s certainly worth a closer look.”

        http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/reviews/lenses/tamron-18-400mm-f3-5-6-3-di-ii-vc-hld-review

  • Daniel D

    No focus ring??? what’s that aperture 400/6.3 ??? This is a kind of kit lens

    • Bob Thane

      The ring at the front of the barrel is the focus ring. Yes, 400mm f6.3. And yes, it’s an all-in-one kit style zoom.

  • Eric Calabros

    Despite much bigger mount diameter in Canon version, rear element is almost same size. Nikon is only 5g lighter. Some “expert” guys in DPR forum are killing each other for F mount size and it’s suitability for mirrorless 🙂 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/89ff856eeb53b6b76727df095a963eff22bbff823c47c1da1e9b843accf7dbc3.jpg

    • Wouldn’t you expect the rear element to be the exact same size, and the mount simply to be adjusted for the flange distance? You might be seeing more or less of the rear element owing to the surrounding matter.

    • Spy Black

      It’s the same optics in both lenses. They’re not going to manufacture two different formulas for the different cameras.

  • Ben Thurley

    I’ve just been sent an email advertising this lens for sale from a UK retailer. The advert says “Why change lenses when you can have it all in one”. I can’t help wondering why someone would bother with an interchangeable lens camera if they’re so against changing lenses?

    • BVS

      Not every situation is the same. Sometimes I’m fine carrying more gear and changing lenses, and sometimes I want to go light and just use an all-in-one.

      The alternative is to buy a second camera with a built in lens, but that would likely have a much smaller sensor, and be a lesser camera overall.

    • captaindash

      Paid shoot? Multiple lenses. Vacationing and just walking around in a city or maybe in the wilderness? Single lens. I have the 18-200 and it was awesome on vacation.

  • sandy

    State fair lens. Not bad as long as you keep expectations in check. The price is a pretty good indicator of probable quality. d7200, this lens and a 35 1.8 make a good day trip setup.

  • Someone

    Give a 10-200 and that’ll do me for a holiday/travel lens 🙂

    • HotDuckZ

      I just order 10-30 but still decided Nikon 18-300 v Tamron 18-400 for my new D7500.

      • T.I.M

        So, you are the one who bought the D7500, anything we can do to help you?

        • HotDuckZ

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    • Member

      For your Nikon1?

  • animalsbybarry

    Sounds very impressive…. priced well, amazing range, light and small, good close focus, ….most of what anyone would want in a lens….. but I doubt image quality will be very good

  • EarlFargis

    Sigma versus Tamron 24-70s round 1: pricing. This round goes to Tamron.

    • Just Me

      Unless they’re practically identical, I can’t imagine the cost difference will make up anyone’s mind.

  • You dont have to be a genius to guess that this lens is a big compromise – optically, focus speed, etc.

  • Ande Notos

    OH MY GOOD IT’S AN EXTRA ULTRA XXX NOW WITH ADDITIONAL BONUS MORE SUPERZOOM GRRRR ROAR!!!

    Isn’t it a bit… too much?

    • Bob Thane

      Who needs more versatile superzooms? Who needs lighter telephoto primes? Who needs faster lenses? Who needs sharper lenses? Who needs better VR? It’s all a bit too much. My manual focus film lenses are all anyone will every need.

      • captaindash

        Whatever, tech boy. My homemade pinhole shoebox can take photos. Don’t need your fancy glass and batteries. You kids and your electronics…

      • Ande Notos

        Making a superzoom THAT versatile comes with big trade offs usually.

  • CrashingOut

    2.5 stops? Isn’t that worse than Nikon’s late generation VR II or is this just the manufacturer being conservative, as I recall VR II can do 4 stops.

    Hope I’m wrong, I need VR badly as I can’t fit a tripod in a cockpit and it’s largely useless then anyhow from turbulence as the aircraft I work in have a low wing loading.

  • An American in Canada

    The distortion must be horrendous. I’m out.

    • Bob Thane

      You could get a job with Ken Rockwell. Just replace “must be” with “is”, and you’ll be 100% of the way to making up random crap about lenses.

      • An American in Canada

        Haha, what a silly comment. I guess you use a lot of ultrawide/hyper telephoto zooms that don’t exhibit a ton of distortion at either end? Where are these mythical beasts, and they can be had for under $1000 at that? Every Nikkor zoom, even the more expensive ones, that cover a range even half this – with an ultrawide focal involved – exhibits treacherous distortion and heavily angled straight lines at the wider end of the range. What evidence is there that suggests this lens won’t be just as bad or worse? No chance is this thing without serious distortion, but to each their own I suppose.

        • Bob Thane

          Heh, I’m not saying it won’t distort. I’m saying you assumed it would distort, and that you disqualified it based on that even though I’m quite certain you’d never buy this lens regardless.

          • An American in Canada

            Very true in that I would never buy this lens either way, however I disqualified it for a very fair and good reason.

      • An American in Canada

        That and reviews already in regarding the lens clearly mention horrible distortion. But thank you for your comment and attack regarding the “random crap” I made up…

  • T.I.M

    f/6.3 !
    I guess that’s the right lens for the total solar eclipse (08/21) no need for ND filter !
    :o)

    • Member

      Of course you had noticed that 6.3 is Tamron favourite f-stop (for zooms) and maybe you had already seen it from a distant with your beloved Nikon 500 f4 🙂

      • T.I.M

        I never had the 500mm f/4 (I had the 500mm f/8 mirror)
        Right now I have the 300mm f/4 E PF (excellent with x1.4 & x2.0 converters) and I also have the monster AF-i 400mm f/2.8 (6.3kg) !

        • Member

          Yes now I remember, I apologize if I insulted your 400 f/2.8
          Indeed a wonderful lens, bit too heavy for me, can’t handle that nor am I willing to spend that much on a lens.
          The 300 pf otoh is very desirable to me. But still hoping for a 400 f/4 pf or 300 f/2.8 pf

          • T.I.M

            You should try the new 300mm f/4 pf, I had all the 300mm f/4 Nikon telephotos and the pf version is way better than its predecessors.
            Also, it is so small that it fit with my other “normal” lenses.
            I may replace my AF-i 400mm f/2.8 if Nikon make a 500mm f/4 pf as good as the 300mm pf.

            • Member

              I have that one on my wishlist, just holding off n hoping for a similar lens but with slightly longer focal length.

  • Aldo

    I’ll wait for the 18-800mm f 8-11

    • Spy Black

      It’ll happen.

  • I know it isn’t the same but I use my 80-400 Nikkor probably more than any other lens, too versatile to be without, it rarely comes off my D4s where as the Sigma sport 150-600 stays on my D810

  • sickheadache

    We need a massive count down..for Nikon’s next big camera announcement of the D820/50…sort of like that goober dude that runs sorry SAR…in 30 days…in 29 days…something like that…cuz nothing else matters except the nut job in the white house resigns.

    • captaindash

      This post is about Tamron making an 18-400 and you end up taking about a politician? I think somebody has a crush.

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