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Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC is the first All-in-One Zoom For Sony NEX cameras by Tamron. This striking new 11X zoom provides greatly enhanced shooting flexibility with Sony NEX APS-C-format mirrorless compact interchangeable-lens cameras, including the NEX-3, NEX-C3, NEX-5, and NEX-5N, providing equivalent focal lengths from 27mm wide-angle to 300mm super telephoto plus macro focusing in an ultra-compact form factor. Incorporating the latest version of Tamron’s acclaimed VC (vibration compensation) system, its advanced optical design and stepping-motor autofocus (AF) drive deliver extraordinary image quality plus seamless AF performance.
This extraordinary all-in-one zoom lens covers practically any shooting situation you’ll ever encounter with your mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera. Light, compact, and exquisitely designed, the lens covers the full focal-length range from 18mm wide-angle to 200mm long telephoto (27–300mm equivalent in the 35mm format). This is Tamron’s first high-power zoom lens designed exclusively for Sony’s mirrorless compact camera series.
18-200mm Di III's autofocus mechanism uses a stepping motor that is an ideal match for the Contrast-detection AF system used in Sony’s NEX series cameras. The stepping motor’s actuator allows finely tuned control of angular rotation, and since it drives the focusing mechanism directly without an intermediate reduction gear, it also provides superbly quiet performance. You can count on this to enhance autofocus capability when shooting video. Furthermore, after adjusting with the AF mechanism, you can use the Direct Manual Focus (DMF) function for delicate adjustments to the image. In short, you can capture the scenes you want focused exactly as you want them every time.
A brilliant match for today’s mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras, the pleasingly small, lightweight 18-200mm VC provides all the advanced technologies you need to take your photography to the next level. Its impressive 18–200mm, high power zoom range can take in everything from casual close-ups to telephoto action images. Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization lets you capture sharper photos handheld in practically any light. The more you use this lens, the more you’ll want it by your side while you’re strolling around town or heading out on longer journeys. Get closer to your world and capture it in vibrant images with the extraordinary 18-200mm VC.
The 18-200mm VC gives you sharp, clear images no matter what you’re shooting. Tamron's expertise of high-power zoom technology developments are distilled into this innovative long-range compact lens. The optical design includes an array of specialized glass elements that overcome aberrations, resulting in crisp, flawless images. You can capture all the beauty of every moment you encounter with this superlative lens.
The lens’s polished design and professional metal finish come together in a compact package that is fashionable, ergonomic, supremely portable, and easy to use. With this lens on your camera you’ll be ready to capture your world in breathtaking images, just as you see it. Choose from black or silver models to match your camera body. With this unique design Tamron has achieved a perfect balance of technological excellence, elegance, and picture-taking fun.
Low dispersion (LD) glass elements within the lens help reduce chromatic aberration, i.e. the tendency of light of different colours to come to different points of focus at the image plane. Chromatic aberration reduces the sharpness of an image, but glass with an extremely low dispersion index has less of a tendency to separate (diffract) a ray of light into a rainbow of colours. This characteristic allows the lens designer to effectively compensate for chromatic aberration at the centre of the field (on axis), a particular problem at long focal lengths (the telephoto end of the zoom range), and for lateral chromatic aberration (towards the edges of the field) that often occurs at short focal lengths (the wide-angle end of the zoom range.)
This Tamron 18-200mm lens uses several hybrid Aspherical elements and therefore bears the Aspherical designation. The innovative optics deliver exceptional image quality, and at the same time offer remarkable zoom ranges in an extraordinarily compact package. By perfecting the cutting-edge advances for series production, Tamron has virtually eliminated spherical aberration and image distortion from their high-power-zoom series. Through the effective application of Hybrid Aspherical Technology, one lens element can take the place of multiple elements without compromising performance. This is what allows us to produce remarkably compact long-range lenses that deliver a uniformly high level of image quality at all focal lengths and apertures.
Internal focusing provides numerous practical benefits to photographers, including a non-rotating front filter ring that facilitates the positioning of polarising and graduated filters, and more predictable handling as the lens length does not change during focusing. Crucially, Tamron’s Internal Focusing (IF) system provides a much closer minimum focusing distance (MFD) throughout its entire focusing range. In addition, IF improves optical performance by minimising illumination loss at the corners of the image field, and helps to suppress other aberrations that become more troublesome at different focusing positions.
Tamron’s VC (Vibration Compensation) just got even better.
It still offers great handheld and telephoto shots. It still delivers the excellent VC (Vibration Compensation) stable viewfinder image, and excellent traceability. It’s still based on a moving three-coil mechanism that activates the lens group electromagnetically through three steel balls. But technology must evolve. Previously, the heavy magnet was positioned near the lens element and worked very well in this placement. In the new VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, we’ve reversed the positioning of the magnet and connected the lens to the coils. This innovative new position thus achieves less load on the drive and combined with lighter coils, contributes to a lighter, more efficient lens. Shake can ruin your photos, particularly when taking telephoto shots or shooting in low light conditions. Simply flip the VC switch on and you'll notice the difference immediately.
Much smaller than I expected but heavy for it's size, the weight however balances the camera well so this is not an issue.Published 18 days ago by StevenB
I would recommend that you do not waste your money buying this lens - there is a known issue in that the lens autofocus does not work properly with Sony NEX cameras, resulting in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rick Turner
What can you say about this lens other than it is well made and does the job. I have used it only a few times so far but it has met my expectationsPublished 16 months ago by M. Langlois
Excellent lens for the Sony Nex5r, a pity the camera isn't supplied with this lens as original equipment. Makes the standard 18-55mm lens redundentPublished on 23 Feb. 2013 by pennyname