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Tamron 18-200 mm VC Di III for Sony NEX - Black

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  • Light & compact all-in-one zoom lens designed exclusively for Sony's mirrorless series of cameras
  • Specialized glass elements for crisp, flawless images
  • Three-coil electromagnetic VC (Vibration Compensation) system
  • Stepping motor driven AF mechanism provides fast, fine tuned and superbly quiet focussing
  • DMF (Direct Manual Focus) feature allows fine manual adjustments to the autofocus system
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Dimensions 9.7 cm x 6.2 cm x 6.2 cm 6.4 cm x 10.8 cm x 6.4 cm 10.6 cm x 8.4 cm x 10.8 cm 1 cm x 1 cm x 1 cm
Item Weight 458 g 345 g 399 g 526 g
Model Year 2011 2014 2009 2010
Mounting sony, minolta Sony E sony, minolta Sony/Minoltabayonet
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Colour Name: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 6.2 x 9.7 cm ; 458 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 699 g
  • Item model number: B011B
  • ASIN: B006IM0FXG
  • Date first available at 22 Dec. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,538 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

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.

Stepping Motor

Stepping Motor

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.

Light & Compact

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.

Top-Quality Images

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.

Design & Colour

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 Glass

Low Dispersion Glass (LD)

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.)

Aspherical Lens Elements

Aspherical Lens Elements (ASL)

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 System (IF)

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.

Vibrations Compensation

Vibration Compensation (VC)

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.

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Naftade on 28 Feb. 2012
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With super-zooms it's always the same:
I buy them for their convenience, knowing that they will not deliver as a prime lens does, but then I luckily have a couple of those as well so I don't bother too much. After all, I just want a walk-around lens, right? So the "add to basket"-button is activated.
Then comes the first field test on a sunny day. I'm so happy I can take a close portrait directly after framing a huge landscape. I don't miss a shot and everything works out just fine. ...

...until I come home and see what I got on my computer: soft edges, smudgy contrast, distortion and chromatic aberations galore....That is what I bought a DSLR for? Hell, I could have sticked to my bridge-cam!
And the "not so super"-zoom goes right back to the dealer. End of story?
It was like that with a Tamron 18-270 pzd for Canon, a sigma 18-200 f3.5-6.3 DC HSM OS II (the new one with the so called fluorite like glass) and with the venerable Canon 18-200 IS.

My first shots really impressed me. Very sharp at the wide angle. Very sharp even at full tele and with the widest aperture available. Contrast is good throughout the zoom range.
The silent image stabilizer works efficiently and the AF - though not on par with the best - does a pretty good job as well.
I just couldn't find any reason not to like this product.
Now of course we are still talking about a super-zoom here. So please don't expect miracles. But I must say. The results you get from your NEX with this thing are really good and thus absolutely adequate for all purposes you might buy this thing for.
After all: if you plan to publish your work or want to print big, you would not consider to pick a super-zoom anyway, would you?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Kelly on 25 Mar. 2015
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I bought one of these a few weeks ago after comparing reviews between this and the Sony equivilent and am very pleased with it so far. I have two NEX 6s and an NEX 5n and have used it on all three without any issues ( a couple of reviews have said there were focussing problems etc.) so far other than one minor niggle, that being the start up time, it takes a couple of seconds to kick in when you turn on the camera which can be all it takes to miss a shot.

The weight in the hand feels comfortable, easy enough to carry around one handed. I have 2 Nikon SLRs as well as the Sonys and am going to New York for a week in May, first time there and the Nikons seemed the obvious choice to take especially as I have an 18-300mm for the Nikon but to be honest, nice as the extra 100mm is I'm happy with the reach of the Tamron and after a lot of side by side testing of one of my D7100s versus an NEX 6 I'd say the NEX 6 and Tamron take equally good pictures (in a lot of instances I actually found I preferred the NEX shots cdespite the D7100s bigger pixel count). The D7100 and 18-300mm are pretty heavy and bulky in the hand and I really didn't fancy wandering around NY, especially as it'll be pretty warm then by all accounts, with a big camera on my shoulder or in my hand and i didn't want to be constantly zipping and unzipping a camera bag, the Tamron / NEX6 combo is less conspicuous and so more convenient just to carry by hand. All in all I'm very happy with the lens (just wish Sony would make a teleconverter !) and would happily recommend it, just dropped the one star for the start up lag.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David Hancock on 5 Aug. 2012
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I think wolf's head was unlucky, I think that the lens meets and surpasses expectations. It's relatively sharp through most of its range and it's focus is fast acceptable for stills- not so good for video. I would rate the lens 8/10 for build- 7/10 for performance, great travel lens.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick Turner on 17 Feb. 2015
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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 both focus-hunting and blurred (and useless) images. Despite this issue being well known (use Google if you want to find out more) the lens is surprisingly still on sale, and the problems go unfixed.

We've tried it with NEX-5, -6N and -7 versions of the and this lens does not work with any of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By orangutan on 5 Feb. 2013
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Ideal for my purposes.Not too heavy or bulky + not too obtrusive = ideal for candid shots.
Quality lens for the cost.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BWFC77 on 31 Oct. 2012
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I've been using this on my nex5n for just over a week now and am really impressed - very quiet and fast,great image quality, just what I needed - I use the camera mainly for travelling, where size and weight are critical. A few weeks ago I bought the LA2 adaptor so I could use my existing sony lenses (especially my 18-250), but with adaptor and lens fitted, I might as well have taken my dslr!(so LA2 returned). Instead, bought this and am very pleased. It is far lighter and smaller than the sony 18-200, and while it is not cheap, it is £200 less than the sony.And as I said earlier, the image quality seems to be very good - far better than I'd anticipated from a zoom. Will update after a couple of moths use, but so far so good!
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